I’m not talking about the abortion stuff, which was ridiculous. But I’m starting to see grumbling about the simple fact that Siri just doesn’t work all that well. In the latest pieces the writers aren’t willing to say, as Jordan Crook of TechCrunch did recently, that while Siri is disappointing, “in the end it’s my fault.”
Jason Kincaid on TechCrunch lashes out at Siri in his piece explaining why he likes the Galaxy Nexus better than the iPhone 4S. He calls Siri “completely underwhelming” and refuses to accept the fanboy rationalization that “Siri is just a beta product.”
Also: Beta, schmeta. Apple fans have repeatedly pointed out that Siri is being billed as a Beta by Apple, and so it shouldn’t be held to such high standards. In my mind Apple lost the ‘Beta’ fallback the moment it started running commercials promoting the feature — some people are buying an iPhone 4S exclusively because of Siri because it’s been so highly touted.
Then comes blistering write-up by Mat Honan on Gizmodo where he refers to Siri as “Apple’s broken promise” and calls it “a half-baked product,” writing:
Apple is the company that sells perfection. It’s a company that usually keeps its promises, and in its Siri ads, it promises far more than what it actually delivers. That’s not what any of us signed up for.
Honan also refuses to accept the line about Siri being a beta product, saying that you can’t call something beta but then advertise the hell out of it.
I’ve had a 4S for a few days and haven’t used it much. And a bunch of times I’ve tried to use it and it was not available.
I’m wondering what others are finding out. Has Apple over-promised and under-delivered?