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Siri, Lumia call each other the "best smartphone ever"

updated 03:00 am EDT, Mon May 14, 2012

Conflicting, complementary answers from smartphone assistants

Owners of the iPhone 4S and Lumia 800 can get solid advice on just about anything, thanks to the voice-recognition technology built into the phones' digital assistant software; but it turns out that if they ask for advice on smartphones, they may wind up with a bit of buyer's remorse. As The Next Web found out through experimentation, the two phones give conflicting and complementary answers when you ask each what is the best smartphone.

If you ask the iPhone 4S' Siri digital assistant "What is the best smartphone ever," it will query Wolfram Alpha for customer reviews and tell you that the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best. Ask the Lumia, though, and it will query Microsoft's Bing search engine, revealing that, "Yes, the iPhone is still the best smartphone you can buy."

Statements from Siri and the Lumia, of course, do not reflect the views of the marketing departments of their respective manufacturers. Even though the two digital assistants can't seem to decide, Electronista has gone hands-on with Lumia handsets as well as the iPhone 4S; and, so far, Apple's offering still edges out the competition.

by MacNN Staff



  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Siri can be sarcastic at times. The Lumia is simply stating a fact.

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Data is from Best Buy

    I checked the Wolfram query. The data is from Best Buy, and it's out of date.

    The 5 out of 5 customer satisfaction rating shown by Wolfram came from a mere 4 reviewers. If you look at Best Buy now, you'll see that the Lumia 900 is now rated by 16 reviewers and gets a 4.6 out of 5 ranking while the white AT&T model 16GB iPhone is ranked 4.7 out of 5 by 91 reviewers making it the better phone. Interestingly, the black version of that same iPhone musters a mere 4.5 out of 5 rating from 182 reviewers.

  1. BigJayhawk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The One You Are Holding . . .

    Given the same exact question, Siri does not check Wolfram, it replies "The One You Are Holding" and then if you ask again it says "I think you have already answered that question" Again and it says "You're Kidding Right?" It then alternates between those answers.

    That has been the consistent answer for me from DAY ONE of the 4S release. (Sorry Lumia!)

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969




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