updated 03:00 am EDT, Mon May 14, 2012
Conflicting, complementary answers from smartphone assistants
Owners of the iPhone 4S and Lumia 800 can get solid advice on just about anything, thanks to the voice-recognition technology built into the phones' digital assistant software; but it turns out that if they ask for advice on smartphones, they may wind up with a bit of buyer's remorse. As The Next Web found out through experimentation, the two phones give conflicting and complementary answers when you ask each what is the best smartphone.
If you ask the iPhone 4S' Siri digital assistant "What is the best smartphone ever," it will query Wolfram Alpha for customer reviews and tell you that the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best. Ask the Lumia, though, and it will query Microsoft's Bing search engine, revealing that, "Yes, the iPhone is still the best smartphone you can buy."
Statements from Siri and the Lumia, of course, do not reflect the views of the marketing departments of their respective manufacturers. Even though the two digital assistants can't seem to decide, Electronista has gone hands-on with Lumia handsets as well as the iPhone 4S; and, so far, Apple's offering still edges out the competition.