Siri, Google Now and Cortana: three leading voice assistants that can take care of your automated tasks. They are highly recommended by smart home users and are constantly evolving to provide the best results. And although each assistant does an excellent job with its tasks, it has its drawbacks and limitations.
To determine which one is best for you and which voice assistant suits your specific needs, we’ve presented the pros and cons of Siri, Google Now, and Cortana.
The iconic Apple brand competes in the smart home scene with its impressive Siri voice assistant and HomeKit home automation device. Together they are working with a range of smart home brands including ecobee, Honeywell, NanoLeaf, iHome and Philips Hue, with more brands expected to emerge.
Smart Assistant and HomeKit can wirelessly automate a range of smart products, including Bluetooth devices, smart locks, smart lights, and thermostats, to name but a few, and Siri plays an important role in every automation process.
Cons: Siri can be difficult to use
Although sometimes Siri can hurt.
Using the wrong phrase, such as «Install…» instead of «Enable…» or «Disable…» can confuse Siri, which can be quite annoying at times.
Also, Siri still shows an inability to answer difficult questions, and instead uses juvenile humor to bypass your commands when he doesn’t understand. This is a problem and Apple needs to address this issue.
Con: lack of predictive responses
Also, Apple’s Siri doesn’t know very well what you want.
For example, Siri will let you know the weather when you ask, but won’t automatically inform you of other important information like traffic, nearby restaurants, etc., which Cortana and Google Now do very well.
Con: Siri doesn’t live in the cloud
In addition, Siri’s incompatibility to run in the cloud limits its ability to compete with other voice assistants. Tim Cook and other Apple executives say this is to protect privacy.
Sounds good, but it can be a problem when trying to connect to smart devices.
Con: limited communication with devices
Smart home users have pointed to Apple’s limited integration with some devices, as HomeKit only works with products that meet strict security and privacy criteria.
If the smart product fails, HomeKit will not connect, which can result in you not being able to use any smart product or only using it through other voice assistants like Cortana or Google Now, which can be annoying.
Some well-known smart home brands, including Nest, SmartThings, and Belkin WeMo, are just a few. These are the leading brands that many smart home users have installed in their homes and have invested a lot of money. This is a big problem.
For some, these issues have led to a shrinking user base, as evidenced by Apple’s ambitious but slow-moving home automation goals.
But let’s not pretend that Siri is completely unusable and not a viable voice assistant. Here are a few benefits to look out for:
Pro: more natural
Unlike Google Now, Siri understands spoken language better, making it more natural to use. For me, this is huge and makes me feel more comfortable when using the assistant.
While certain phrases are required to execute commands, his understanding of informal language is certainly a plus.
In addition, Siri adapts well to voice commands with regular use, especially if these commands come from the same user. So while Siri can be annoying at times, remember that practice is perfect even for automated voice assistants.
In addition, Siri has a great personality.
Don’t get me wrong, when he avoids Q&A with juvenile humor, it can get annoying. But when it’s doing a home automation task by telling a joke or tossing a cool easter egg, it makes using the voice tool exciting and fun. For me this is of great importance.
Pro: Apple’s Home App
Another big plus is the new Apple HomeKit, which makes it easier to use Siri to automate household tasks.
You can use it on Apple Watch, iPad, and Apple TV, giving you more ways to interact with Siri. This is great.
Pro: on the right track
And finally, while Apple’s smart home development has taken some time, perhaps for the better, it appears to be on the right track in creating exciting, innovative technologies.