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Siri: Still in beta, no wonder
(Image, screenshot: ZDNet)
As for Siri, it's likely no surprise that it remains in "beta" as an unfinished product. It misses words, it's limited in scope, and the last time I checked, not everyone wanted to know the results of that sports game. Most people actually saw the game because they're an avid fan of that sport. Siri remains a gimmick. Until it can actually do something useful and without necessarily using speech — a contentious issue in business as it sends every shred of voice data to Apple — it will remain a nice 'toy' to play with, but nothing more.
The built-in apps are just terrible
Every smartphone has the typical apps: the weather, a note-taking app, maybe even stocks, and the ever-faithful calculator. Have you ever used the calculator on Android? You can change currency, length, distance, weight and so on. Most haven't even heard of a furlong, but Android has. (Yes, you do have a scientific calculator if you switch your iPhone to landscape mode, but if I haven't noticed in the six months I've owned an iPhone, well, go figure.)
Notifications are intrusive
Whenever you get a text message or an email, a little banner appears at the top of the display. It blocks out buttons and is difficult to work around. And even when you have your phone locked, some of the message is displayed, even when there is a passcode lock enabled. Anyone can pick up your iPhone or iPad and read something they shouldn't. Notifications need to be better.