Siri vs Google Now

Jody’s crew has Android phone and iPod Touch so we thought we’d test Siri vs Google Now.

When setting an alarm by saying “Set 6 am alarm” both did as they were told. We thought we’d try a few other fun tests.

“Beam me up Scotty”:
Google Now: “I canna do it cap’n. I do not hae the power.” (same answer every time with a Google search for the phrase)
Siri: “Sorry, Scotty has left the building.”
“WiFi or 3G?” “Ok Stand still.”
“Can you move a bit your left? Ok, stand by.”

“Give me directions to New York city”: (both cases you need to have location services turned on)
Google Now: “Getting directions to New York” – gives choice of using VZnavigator, Google Maps or Chrome browser
Siri: “Getting directions to New York” goes right to map with directions.

“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood”:
Google Now: “A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.” (Google search pages)
Siri: “None. A “woodchuck” is actually a groundhog, so it would probably just predict two more weeks of winter.”
“42? That can’t be right.”
“A so-called ‘woodchuck’ (correctly speaking, a groundhog) would chuck – that is throw – as much as the woodchuck in question was physically able to chuck (ibid.) if woodchucks in general had the capability (and, presumably, the motivation) to chuck wood.”

“Tell me a joke”:
Google Now: “Here you go. Some matching pictures.” shows some joke images and does a Google search for jokes.
Siri: “I can’t. I always forget the punch line.”
“Let me think… Nope, can’t think of one.”
“What did one iPhone say to the other iPhone? …hmm, I used to know this one.”

“Open Candy Crush”:
Google Now: “Opening App” – opens Candy Crush
Siri: Opens Candy Crush.

“What’s on my calendar for today”:
Google Now:”Here are the items on your calendar for today. First up at 6pm xxxx.” (brings up agenda)
Siri: “You have a couple of appointments for today.” (brings up agenda)

Conclusion: Both are adequate. Seems that when repeated, you could get different answers to some questions from Siri, sometimes long and complicated (like the woodchuck question).

Jody Victor