February 04, 2013

Talking over typing

One of the reasons I wanted to upgrade to the iphone 5 was for the voice to text options.  Well and Siri...

There are 2 types of voice recognition on my iphone 5.  With Siri you either press and hold the main button or you can set it so you raise to talk.  Then you can do many things using Siri.

To make lists or use some other apps that allow typing, there is a microphone appearing next to the space bar - click on that and it allows dictation. 

Both of these features assume you have an internet connection. 

I'm not sure if this is an iOS6 thing, since I paid about zero attention, but I don't remember seeing the little microphone on the keyboard next to the spacebar when I had my iphone 4.  It does take up a little bit of space and I keep worrying I'll hit it while typing.  So I think I would have seen it on my other phone, but you never know, I miss many things. 

Being rather slow and dense when it comes to these dead simple things, it took me a little bit of time to figure out how the "voice to text" thing worked.  Prior to this, I had only used the Dragon dictate app (which I really didn't use much  since it was a separate app and I'm too lazy to copy/paste).  With that one, the words are typed out as you speak. 

With "voice to text", you activate the microphone, say what you want to say, click "done" THEN it appears.  D'oh!!!  I kept waiting for words to show up... when they didn't I was a bit stumped.  I was trying to use the feature to create my grocery list on Sunday morning.

Of course it was Sunday morning and I hadn't had coffee yet... I figure that is a good enough excuse.

Eventually I did hit the "done" button and, in this particular case, the words: chicken chicken chicken, appeared because I said it 3 times trying to get it to work. 

OTOH, once I figured it out, it took me about 5 minutes to create an entire grocery list.  That is just awesome! 


My other D'oh!!!  moment was when I tried to give Siri a reminder having to do with Starbucks.  Just to see if it would work. 

Siri kept telling me she didn't understand which was very perplexing.  Passport knows the address of my local Starbucks shouldn't Siri???  Turns out, Passport got it from the Starbucks app. I had added the address there ages ago.   I didn't have the address in my Contacts list, so Siri didn't know what I was talking about. 

Now my contacts list has the grocery store, Starbucks, Walgreens, Target, and the Pilates studio.  All are places I go and all are places I can now use in relation to reminders to do things.


Oh and Siri is really awesome at doing timers!  Now when I need a timer for food, I tell Siri, "set a timer for XX number of minutes".  So much more fun than punching it into the microwave timer.  (the timer thing on the stove really sucks and I don't want to use one of the old crank up white timers)

All in all I am very happy with the voice recognition and Siri.  I need to do more reading to see what else I can get this phone to do.

Posted by: Teresa in FUN at 09:12 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Just looked at my text messages and there's no mic, so nothing like that on my 4.

Interesting info about siri!  Always thought it looked dumb in commercials... but that was because I didn't have it, of course.

Posted by: Pam at February 05, 2013 01:38 PM (Wce/n)

2 Pam I think the processor on the iphone 4 isn't fast enough to process the voice to text and that's why it's not there. I thought that was what I remembered but wasn't sure.  Now I am.

Posted by: Teresa at February 05, 2013 04:27 PM (hJwgq)

3 I had no idea Siri did any of that.  My boys have it on the iPad and Bones loves to ask it questions.  Stupid boy stuff that has me shouting from the other room, "hey!  Hey!  I'm your Mother.  I can HEAR YOU!'  I didn't know it had a real function...

Posted by: Bou at February 08, 2013 09:51 PM (k+xbT)

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