Apple's Siri versus Windows Phone's Ziggy

Apple's Siri versus Windows Phone's Ziggy

Summary: Apple's Siri set the pace for voice control on smartphones last year, and competitors are now coming out of the woodwork to challenge Apple's new yardstick. Can Ziggy for the Windows Phone 7 usurp the voice throne?

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Apple's Siri set the pace for voice control on smartphones last year and competitors are now coming out of the woodwork to challenge Apple's new yardstick. Can Ziggy for the Windows Phone 7 usurp the voice throne?

Ask Ziggy is a free app available on the Windows Phone Marketplace that translates your voice into actions on the phone. It has a few advantages over Siri, in that it's not a beta product and can also hook into your social media applications to update your status.

We decided to put Apple's Siri voice command system head-to-head with Ziggy to see who would emerge victorious.

The rules of this game are that each device gets a go at getting it right without throwing us to an irrelevant web search or failing to detect what was said.

Watch the video to see if Ziggy can cut the mustard.

Topics: Apple, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows

Luke Hopewell

About Luke Hopewell

A fresh recruit onto the tech journalism battlefield, Luke Hopewell is eager to see some action. After a tour of duty in the belly of the Telstra beast, he is keen to report big stories on the enterprise beat. Drawing on past experience in radio, print and magazine, he plans to ask all the tough questions you want answered.

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  • Why this review is biased:
    - Your questions favor the way Siri works, not Ziggy. (ie checking stocks and flights, texting)
    - You gave a point to Siri when neither app could get you to Perth.
    - You said updating social networks was biased because Siri couldn't do it but you didn't say that when you asked Ziggy to play Coldplay, which is a feature it can't do.
    - When Ziggy got it wrong once, you didn't give it a second try like you said you would in the beginning of the video.
    - Bing does display flight information and would have had you just said, "flight qf443". Siri did handle it better when asked in question form.
    WixosTrix
    • I think you were just schooled luke.
      Master_T[RG]
  • Edwin mate i was thinking the exact same thing. wth he defined the rules did what i would consider a reasonable questions then gave siri a win when it failed to do the task. Unbiased i think not. Like asking me how do i get to flinders st station. I dont know where essendon station is. - Fail. Siri im not going to tell you = win
    BubbaFet
  • Luke, that was really biased mate. However, I will still say that Iphone 4S is 2 gens further than windows phones and asking siri takes longer than actually calling someone. if we all do that, we would be stuck charging our phones all the time at home or at one of those free charge bars around Sydney.
    franciscodonna
  • First off, the noise Siri makes was listened to by Ziggy which may have contributed to failure BUT I downloaded Ziggy and it is PATHETIC. Windows Phone 7's OWN voice recognition is about 33% accurate with my Aussie accent. Ziggy recognised "find McDonalds" and nothing else out of about 30 commands. Entirely useless app unfortunately.
    greg-w-h
  • Unfortunately, journalists are not test managers not experienced testers. It requires a different mindset than those who make up things for a living!
    Patanjali
  • What a joke. First the built in Windows Voice integration works better than Ziggy...and why on earth do you give points to Siri when it fails? Try just holding int he windows button and see what voice options are available.
    spamaaa7