Have you seen the Cortana commercial where the people are sitting around in group therapy? Just in case you haven’t I have posted it (above).
The commercial makes me laugh every time I watch it. They are so serious about things. LOL!
It’s just a spoof of course. Your phone’s assistant shouldn’t put you in group therapy. Although I do think it’s funny how disappointed the people are with Siri. I have an iPhone and I have used Siri from time to time. Thankfully she hasn’t made me require therapy… yet. (ha ha).
Siri does have it’s good points such as providing directions, helping you find nearby stores (Siri has helped me find some Dunkin Donuts and gas stations I didn’t know existed locally). She helps me to text or call people. And Siri can help me check the weather. Mostly the only thing I use her for is to find places or text someone.
Yesterday (October 19th) as my sister’s birthday. Sadly the only way I can remember it’s her birthday is because it falls on the day after my wedding anniversary (18 years and counting!).
When it comes to remembering things I’m really bad about it. I can remember something that happened when I was 8 years old but I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night. What is that? Is that old age or just the fact you tend to remember important things more so then trivial things.
My husband is better at remembering things then I am. I often tell HIM when my appointments are so he can remind me. He’s my personal assistant.
My iPhone has a calendar that I use often. Unfortunately I sometimes forgot to check it.
I recently received to review a Nokia Lumia 635 smartphone. The phone comes with a Windows 8.1 operating system. I’m an iPhone girl so getting used to the Microsoft platform is still foreign to me. I have Windows on both of my laptops and desktop too but I’m still not used to it entirely.
The Nokia Lumia 635 comes with Cortana. Cortana is Siri’s rival. She also rival’s Google Now, which I have no experience with.
Cortana does a lot of the same things that Siri does. She can tell you where nearby stores are. She can give you directions and she can help you text or call someone on your contact list. The same things I use Siri for. However Cortana goes further then that.
Cortana actually gets to know your likes. She even asks you a few questions when you first use her about the types of things you like. She uses this information to supply you with things she thinks you’d like. For example, I follow entertainment news. When I open Cortana she’ll display current entertainment news for me. That saves me from having to check out the various entertainment sites I normally read. Cortana will give me all the current headlines and latest news as soon as I open her app. Siri doesn’t do that.
When you speak to Cortana she displays the words she hears, even making corrections, right there on the display. Plenty of times Siri has no idea what I am saying to her – even if I am pronouncing the words loudly and clearly. So far Cortana has not had any issues understanding me. I even asked her to help me say something in Punjabi – which is a language (a little boy in our care didn’t speak any English – he only spoke Punjabi). Although Cortana couldn’t retrieve the pronunciation for me, she was able to understand the word “Punjabi”. I was impressed by that.
Cortana has a really cool feature where she can alert you to traffic on your commute so you know if you need to leave a bit earlier. So far she hasn’t alerted me to anything, and I doubt she will. I work 10 minutes from home and take back roads mostly. I think Cortana can only pick up traffic alerts on major roadways. None the less it’s a great feature to have, especially if you are a commuter.
Cortana also knows where you are. It’s kind of creepy in a way. LOL! If you need to purchase something, such as cat food, you can tell Cortana to remind you to pick up cat food when you are at your selected store. Sure enough, when she senses you are at the store you listed a message will pop up to remind you to buy cat food.
I use Cortana to remind me to do things when I get home. When I am at work I often remember things I need to do but forget by the time I get home. If I tell Cortana what I need to do (call the doctor, turn on the oven, return library books…) she sends me messages alerting me to the things I need to do when I get home. I even had her alert me when my favorite show came on TV so I didn’t miss it.
Cortana recognizes things like your home and your job. She knows when you arrive at these places. It’s pretty cool.
You can even have Cortana remind you to do things like wish someone a Happy Birthday when you call them (which I should have done for my sister’s birthday). I haven’t tried that feature yet, only because I don’t use the phone much.
Unlike Siri, Cortana actually gets to know the phone owner and offers suggestions on their favorite things and gets to know the users patterns. “She” is very smart.
I am a long time iPhone user and as I mentioned earlier I rarely use Siri because she doesn’t provide much value to me. If my iPhone had Cortana I would the service all the time. I find the service very useful and helpful. It’s literally like having your own personal assistant in your phone.
I have Cortana on my Nokia Lumia 635 phone. I really like this phone. I know it sounds weird but I like the way it feels. It’s a nice size and weight.
It has the Microsoft 8.1 operating system, which is how I am able to use Cortana.
It has a 5 mega pixel camera, so it takes decent pictures and video. The image quality of the photos and videos on the phone is really good. I’ve used the phone to watch Netflix at work during “down time”. I find the colors to be bright and the image quality crisp and sharp.
The sound quality for videos and music is good too.
So far we have not had any problems with this phone. My daughter is currently using this phone because she dropped her iPhone and cracked the screen AGAIN (twice in a matter of 3 months). We can’t afford to fix her phone right now. I also think my daughter is liking the Nokia Lumia 635 a bit too much because not once has she nagged us to get her other phone fixed. She seems content with this phone and coming from a teenager I take it as a compliment that she really likes the phone.
Have you had a chance to experience Cortana yet? What do you think about Cortana vs. Siri? Which system would you rather have? Feel free to share your thoughts.
*I received a free sample phone in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.