I've had the iPhone 4S since release date and the first month is drawing to a close. Usually, I'd post my Apple related blogs on my new posterous space (goodbye tumblr - i'll blog on that later) but that's gonna be a short and sweet venture. So this blog is a recollection my first hand experiences of what to expect if you have the new thing for the first month.
Be prepared to be social.
Siri is social. It gets attention - a lot of attention. And because I'm a bit of a wanker I unboxed in Starbucks (yeah, yeah okay, it has good wifi) when people caught on an intimate crowd gathered, including a couple baristas. "I'll go straight to Siri then". It was a tense atmosphere I wont lie. It felt like a small scale keynote. Surrounding me was the creme de la creme of coffee culture pretentiousness and I could see the eyes of the pedants (ahem linux advocates) draw sharp. The scent of snobbery was so potent I couldn't smell the filter coffee anymore. Some were skeptical, some were genuinely very excited, some really, really wanted me to make a tit of myself, but all were pushing their full attention onto me. Good job I love this stuff. I knew exactly what to ask Siri to impress the majority. Woodchucks, what's the best phone, the weather, the time, set an alarm, cancel an alarm, ring Danielle, text Danielle, humorously link Danielle with the title of wife and text her how many minutes late I'll be. It worked seamlessly. In fact, one of the biggest critics there was myself. I wasn't fully convinced of the iPhone 4S before I placed an order so justifying myself the expense was relieving.
It didn't end there, last week I was stopped in the queue at ASDA cafe and a disgruntled Blackberry user questioned me on it. Day after I got the wrong train to Cottingley (apparently it's a normal thing if you're wanting to be on the Manchester line) where again, at the train stop, an enthusiastic gentlemen asked my thoughts and if he could test out Siri.
Are people convinced? I'm not sure.
Apple products will always bare a mix of cynicism, awe, excitement and undiluted hatred and a phone, to many, well, it'l sometimes only ever be just a phone. It only took a couple of random and chance encounters with people to discover that. Remember, it was only 10 years ago that phones started to get shabby cameras. Cameras aren't a selling point anymore, rather they are expected and expected to be good, even on cheaper phones. So I am convinced. Think of the future product and for now isn't it groundbreaking enough to have a phone with semantic and to some extent a pragmatic understanding of human communication. It has opened up an exciting and competitive new market. This is the first step in a great direction. Come on Google, make something ten, twenty, thirty times better. People are now expecting it.