Review: Siri versus Google Voice Search versus S Voice
Will Apple's Siri triumph over its Android counterparts, despite being the oldest of the three virtual assistants?
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Like Siri, Google Voice Search gave us the forecast for Saturday, as well as the preceding days. However, Voice Search's presentation was much larger and more user friendly than Siri's small image and text. Google Voice Search also provided us with the location for the forecast, something that Siri did not.
Winner: Google Voice Search. With its beautiful, easy-to-read presentation, Google Voice Search proved to be the best meteorologist of the bunch.
Question 3: "How tall is the Taipei 101 tower?"
Siri completed in: 3.7 seconds
Siri responded to our question by providing an information card with the total height of the tower in feet and its world ranking, as well as a series of unit conversions.
S Voice completed in: 8.3 seconds
The Galaxy S III's S Voice used WolframAlpha to search for Taipei 101 and came back with an information card complete with its height in feet, as well as a more thorough conversion chart than Siri's and comparisons to the CN Tower and Eiffel Tower.
Google Voice Search completed in: 3.3 seconds
Winner: Google Voice Search. While it didn't offer a conversion chart, Google's Voice Search edged out Siri and S Voice in this round thanks to its inclusion of a photo of Taipei 101 and its faster response time.
Question 4: "Did the New York Mets win last night?"
Siri completed in: 6.72 seconds
In our test, Siri was unable to give us an answer to give us the score of last night's Mets game. We therefore assume that it's a Yankees fan. It's worth noting, however, that Siri will receive a significant update, including the ability to provide sports scores, when iOS 6 is released.
S Voice completed in: 3.48 seconds
Like Siri, S Voice couldn't answer our sports question, and instead offered to search the web for an answer.
Google Voice Search completed in: 1.9 seconds
Google Voice Search not only answered our question quickly, but also gave us the complete game score, as well as the option of viewing a game recap and highlights.
Winner: Google Voice Search. As the only voice assistant to answer our sports question, Google Voice Search easily took this round.
Question 5: "What is the meaning of life?"
Siri completed in: 1.7 seconds