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.