Samsung Galaxy S4′s S-Voice vs. Siri on iPhone 5: Which is the ultimate digital assistant? [VID]

I managed to secure a loan unit of the Galaxy S4 to try out and see how it compares to my beloved iPhone 5. And, since I have it for a week or so, I decided to run several tests comparing how the two perform across a variety of tasks. The first: digital assistants.

S-Voice is Samsung’s answer to Siri. Like the iPhone’s system it can set reminders, alarms, timers and a whole lot more. Except for the user interface being slightly different, they are virtually the same thing. They both use Wolfram Alpha for information, and use the web to search for things they’re not sure of. One thing I did notice however was that S-Voice has a tendency to be super sensitive to set words. If you dare utter the words “okay” or “Galaxy” it automatically assumes you want its attention.

All in all they both give similar results, just in different styles. And if it wasn’t for my preference for the more polished finish on Siri, I’d quite happily make use of the Samsung’s proprietary assistant.

A huge thanks to Phones 4u for lending us the Galaxy S4. If you’re in the UK and you’re looking for a great deal on the S4 or any other handset, be sure to check them out: http://www.phones4u.co.uk/

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  • Brandon Fluharty

    Cam, does the Galaxy S4 have the capability to do location-based reminders, such as “remind me to take out the rubbish when I get home tonight”?

  • JohnWard

    Apple leads. Samsung follows. It’s really that simple.

  • JuergenMessner

    This is a thinly disguised ad for phone4u !

  • TiP_Cam

    @Brandon Fluharty That’s a very interesting question, I’ll give it a try and let you know.

  • TiP_Cam

    @JuergenMessner Phones 4U loaned us the phone, it’s common courtesy to ensure we say thanks and point viewers in their direction as way of saying thanks. They don’t pay us a penny.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @JohnWard:
    If that’s true, then why is iphone about 2 years behind everything else? Can’t be a leader if you don’t even know how to move forward. -_-

  • JohnWard

    @MuhammadMarsh Apple refines it’s products via stedy innovation of product categories they create. Then Samsung attempts to copy Apple success.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @JohnWard: What innovations have apple ever made? They haven’t innovated anything ever. All they did was build on existing ideas. But the clueless are lead to believe otherwise.

  • JohnWard

    @MuhammadMarsh stay in school. Maybe you will learn something.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @JohnWard: like what, how idiotic some people can be?

  • Emile

    @JohnWard Ipod wasnt the first mp3.
    Iphone wasnt the first smartphone.
    Mac wasnt the first computer.
    Apple doesn’t “invent new product categories”.
    You’re the one who should go back to school you deluded apple fanboy.

  • JohnWard

    Emile you have missed the point entirely. By the way I have a doctorate of business management, and I teach at the graduate level. Please do not comment unless have something substantive to add to the conversation.

  • JohnWard

    Muhammad please do not comment unless you have something substantive to add to the conversation. Frankly, I think you have already embarrassed yourself enough. It might be wise for you to reconsider your viewpoint. And perhaps start thinking independently.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @JohnWard: Stop the bullshit, please. The only one embarrassing himself is you. And we didn’t ask what you have or what you do. Nor do we care. That’s all irrelevant to the topic.

  • JohnWard

    @MuhammadMarsh your usage of profanity only further illustrates your level of ignorance. Please come back when you can contribute something of substance.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @JohnWard: Roflol! Ok, Mr. Ward. I think it’s time for your meds…

  • JohnWard

    @MuhammadMarsh That’s “Doctor” or “Professor” Ward to you young man.

  • AmyK

    @MuhammadMarsh , don’t let @JohnWard fool you. He does not possess any sort of degree. He likes to frequent tech sites and pretend he has a business degree when in fact he does not. He was always coming over to our home and begging my husband to look over some ideas he had which were not unique. He also wanted to borrow money to start a business but did not have any sort of plan. My husband flat out refused and since then John has become increasingly erratic In his behavior. A family friend suggested that he seek the help of a licensed mental professional immediately but John continues to play in this “fantasy” that he has created in his mind.

  • AmyK

    @JohnWard
     
    @MuhammadMarsh , don’t let @JohnWard fool you. He does not possess any sort of degree. He likes to frequent tech sites and pretend he has a business degree when in fact he does not. He was always coming over to our home and begging my husband to look over some ideas he had which were not unique. He also wanted to borrow money to start a business but did not have any sort of plan. My husband flat out refused and since then John has become increasingly erratic In his behavior. A family friend suggested that he seek the help of a licensed mental professional immediately but John continues to play in this “fantasy” that he has created in his mind.

  • JohnWard

    @AmyK I don’t know you, or your husband, however you certainly do have a gift for writing fiction. I found the above fabricated comments about me most amusing. You should consider writing fantasy fiction books! Because you certainly do not live in any type of reality!

  • JohnWard

    @AmyK FYI your above comments are in fact libelous. I would advise caution. Posting knowingly false and untrue defamatory statements, as you have, can result in serious legal repercussions.

  • MuhammadMarsh

    @AmyK: I never believed a word he said. His character has fake stamped all over it. I’ve written him of as a mere clown. A clown who’s off his meds. ^^

  • MichaelMicha

    Just try using S-Voice using voice activation by Bluetooth headset lol! Its a DISASTER, which is why I had to return the S$ and go back to the Iphone 5, which I did not want to do….If you don’t use a Bluetooth headset, then maybe you will be fine, as S-Voice work “pretty well” (not as good as Siri) without headset activation, otherwise it will work maybe one out of ten times on a bad day. FYI I tried four different headsets to see if it was not the phone / S-Voice, as I REALLY wanted to keep the S4, but it won’t work for a power user doing voice activated tasks all day in the car , etc…I also called Samsung tech support, and they were SURPRISINGLY honest “sorry, S-Voice is not reliable all the time”, its a developing technology….

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  • Barack Obama

    Stop getting owned by anonymous people, Apple Fanboy. You’re such a troll.