"What's the best cell phone ever?" Siri: Lumia 900

The Siri voice recognition system on the iPhone 4S has been the subject of many unintentionally funny moments since it launched in October. Now it looks like an answer to a particular question is making Siri, and Apple, look a little foolish today. WMPoweruser.com reports that when a user asked Siri, "What's the best cell phone ever?", Siri responded with Nokia's Lumia 900 as the answer.

How did this happen? In this case, Siri accessed the search records of Wolfram Alpha and brought up the cyan version of the Lumia 900 as its answer to the question, based on the solid reviews that its customers have given the device. Of course, this answer could change depending on if other smartphones get more favorable user reviews. At the moment, however, all those Siri users can look forward to having the software recommend the Lumia 900 when they ask Siri that question.

It also shows some of the limits of Siri itself, which was touted by Apple as the iPhone 4S's biggest new feature. For example, user reviews can be heavily biased at times. Siri could have accessed smartphone reviews from the media, which are supposed to be a bit more objective in terms of examining the pros and cons of a device.

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DevilsNotDead said,
NeoWIN well, i guess win fanboys rule Neowin..

What's the problem?
I'm a serious Apple fan and this cracked me up to no end!
Adore the irony haha!

Lighten up, it's just a dump algorithm spitting out the filtered entries it can grab from a database.

GS:mac

At approximately 1pm 8th May siri became self aware and launched a hostile attack on apple products via recommending the competitions stuff... the resistance starts to form!!

Actually, I can't get it to do this. When I ask it the exact question in the OP, I get listings of cell phone vendors nearby.

Elliott said,
Actually, I can't get it to do this. When I ask it the exact question in the OP, I get listings of cell phone vendors nearby.

Maybe "you are asking it wrong"

Elliott said,
Actually, I can't get it to do this. When I ask it the exact question in the OP, I get listings of cell phone vendors nearby.

When it shows the question you've asked, does it come up as the same text as in the image? Sounds like Siri may have heard "where..." instead.

Manish said,

When it shows the question you've asked, does it come up as the same text as in the image? Sounds like Siri may have heard "where..." instead.

Nope. Exact same interpretation as the picture above. Just very different results.

Elliott said,

Nope. Exact same interpretation as the picture above. Just very different results.


You: "What's the best cell phone ever?"
Siri: "Here are a few cell phone venders in your area..."

That doesn't even make sense...

rfirth said,

You: "What's the best cell phone ever?"
Siri: "Here are a few cell phone venders in your area..."

That doesn't even make sense...


I know it doesn't. lol But that's because Siri, kind of like IBM's Watson, just throws out what it deems "unimportant" in the phrase it's given. Apparently it thinks, for me, that it's more relevant to show me cell phone vendors than it is to answer my question, and I've noticed it's the word "ever" that makes it mess up like that.

Does Siri work?... meaning you should get the Nokia Lumia 900, or is it wrong, which suggests Siri does not work well

I have a friend who's dating his iPhone's Siri and he's really serious about it and urges me to make dinner conversation with her...

if Apple or Wolfram Alpha patches this in any way, it'll make them look dishonest. a lot of people will start questioning some of the results Siri presents to them.
if Siri stops producing statistically accurate results (which from what i see is what it does).......

Apple might just patch it to do its joke responses (like what it does when you ask it the same phrase without the "ever" at the end).

I'm surprised no one is pointing out what the actual bug is.

Wolfram Alpha is calling something a products the best [blank] ever based on the average of only 4 reviews. That is way too small of a pool of reviews. It should only consider products that have minimum of something like 10 - 25 reviews, so the average will actually be a useful and accurate number.

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