When I came back from the Android device I was using (Droid: BIONIC), which I loved, I expected great things from Apple and their devices. At the time, the iPhone 4s was the Mercedes of smartphones available. The Samsung Galaxy S3 had not yet come out, nor the iPhone 5.
I found wonderful things about the iPhone 4s … the camera was the best I’d seen yet, and even better than mine on the Droid: BIONIC. The motion stability, photo image quality, and video features were superb! I got the one with the 64GB on-board memory so when we’re camping and everyone is crying about not being able to connect to their “cloud account”, I am watching all sorts of movies or listening to my onboard music while they’re out there, climbing all over rocks and trees trying to get a good enough signal to “get connected” to their cloud account.
With all of the sensory devices built into an iPhone, the motion, movement, gyro, inertia, etc. sensor capabilities, the best thing that ever happened to the iPhone 4s was “Siri”. With my Android, I had “Speaktoit Assistant”. Now, while she had a very pleasant voice (unlike the ex-smoker voice of Siri) and was very conversational, her abilities to interface with the various features and functions of the device were still lacking. But with Siri, I could do all sorts of wonderful things, and the voice recognition response was almost instantaneous!
Then came the new release, iOS 7.
With this new release, Siri seemed to improve on the voice (more like her daughter) but she also had lost a great deal of her wisdom and talents that she had in her earlier release! You might just say that she’d “dummied up” a bit, with the new upgrade. Now there were many, many features that the iOS 7 release brought to the iPhone that were good! But there were also those that were not-so-good.
A friend of mine, who is challenged with his sight, depends a great deal on the various features of the iPhone, to make his display more readable. With iOS 7, he says he cannot find a setting that is near as readable and recognizable (to him) like it was ealier. He also says that now he had a great deal of difficulty seeing the calendar now – a big disappointment to him!
As for me, Siri now makes a great deal of mistakes, and has totally lost her sense of humor! When I ask her to “send a text to John Doe”, she comes up and is ready to send it, and then informs me that she’ll need a name of someone to send it to. But wait a minute! I just told her who to send it to in my command stream! It worked before. But now, we have to go through the whole thing, step-by-step.
And her typing is terrible! When you dictate things to her, she no longer gets them right as before, but now it’s almost easier to just pull over and “manually type in the message myself”.
So I ask you, readers … has your “Siri” taken a turn for the worst on your device?