Talk to text

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  1. the mack

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    Is there a way to improve the talk to text on the iphone? It really sucks and rarely gets it right. My $50 pos android works way way better. Easier just to type it out
    While I am at it siri is a DUMB BITCH total waste of time searching for info with her.
     
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    Ditch the iPhone and go back to Google Assistant. Or, maybe get the ‎Google Assistant on your iPhone. I don't think you can override the "Hey Siri" or assign the assistant to the Home button, but it's a thought.

    I don't have too many issues with Siri myself, more with the Spellcheck. I have a freeing named Clete and iOS constantly replaces his name with "Crete".
     
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    Is Crete a good freeing? ;)

    After years of development, this is the state of Apple's art?
     
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    It fails often with foreign accents and dialects. Proper diction and speaking more slowly improves accuracy. My year working at an FM station reading the news when I was twenty helps. If I miss pronounced one word the station manager would catch it and lecture me.


    Ok, typing now, I see one error above.
     
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    harshness SatelliteGuys Master

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    My brother-in-law (who works for Apple) was born in Oregon and spent some time in Florida and speaks quite "normally" (unaffected) but Siri can't accurately transcribe much of what he says. Raising the pitch of his voice seems to help some. Talking slower only makes it more comical to watch him struggle. Using a sing-song Indian accent gives marginally better results. Fun for hours.

    The TS's lament is valid and Siri really can be much more trouble than it is worth. It seems unlikely that Apple would allow an alternative for across the board Siri replacement.
     
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    I rarely use search with Siri as it used to fail on most searches I do. I wasn't aware that Siri does speech to text for texting except in Car Play. I usually turn on the microphone on the keyboard which I thought was local software conversion.

    For search always use Google. This morning at Breakfast we were watching a flock of birds cruising near the water and then diving into the ship's wake and coming up with a small fish to eat. Everyone was wondering what those birds were. So I opened up Chrome and spoke- "What birds dive underwater in the southern Caribbean." Google quickly produced about 7 different species with images so it was easy to identify the Gannet. Search was never so easy! I never think to ask Siri. I'll give it a try sometime.
     
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    I am using the text keyboard mic for talk to text as well , not siri.

    I have no idea what all the hype is about a iPhone.
    Everyone I know has one but I can't find one thing I like better then a android other then the ipod feature because I could transfer my 1000 songs from my ipod.
    Only reason I got it is because my Clarion radio in my boat is geared more towards it then a android phone.
    They all love face time but I don't always want people to see my surroundings, that and it makes me look way fatter then I really am. (I think anyway.:biggrin)
     
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    FaceTime Audio, then. Decline the video option, uses less data as well. Sometimes this works better than an actual phone call, at least in my use.
     
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    I had an android phone several years ago and it was just fine as a phone / camera. I also had a Sony android smart watch. But when Apple showed it's first Apple watch I ordered one immediately as well as an iphone. While I am a native PC guy, I understand the advantage of the Apple infrastructure. It's not so much about the technology, but more about a system that everything easily works in cooperation with many accessories and a local community like your family. The support is fantastic as evidenced by our recent experience with a smashed screen that a tech at the Apple store replaced in an hour. Third party accessories are voluminous. And since my whole family all use iphones and Apple watches, ipads, and iMacs, using features like Air Drop to quickly transfer contact info and Face time where we stayed in touch with our grandkids while in South America at no cost was great. Other things I now do on my Xs Max with half a TB of storage is edit 6K 360 video live streaming from my 360 cameras. This works flawlessly on the latest iphones but the apps lack many features on android.

    I guess if all you want is a basic smartphone to text and monitor facebook twitter and a few games and a nice camera, the android phones are adequate, but for all the really fun stuff, iphone offers quite a bit more and it is flawlessly easy although some things may seem awkward like file transfers. I'm still amazed at how much I can do with the lightning connection using 3rd party stuff. Bet you didn't know you can plug in an SD card for added storage on an iphone with a Lightning plug adapter. How about external XLR professional audio equipment? Or a 360 VR 3D camera?

    I don't use the iphone for music. However I have a huge library of audio books that I can off load to my Apple watch and control from it, using air pods.

    When it comes to serious video editing, give me a powerful PC anyday. But basic stay in touch with the family and the world, iphone just does it easier and better.
     
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    Way too many superlatives -- many of which aren't truly deserved.
     
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    I very rarely use Siri. Almost worthless. I wish I could use Alexa on my iPhone instead.

    I just don’t bother using talk to text.

    But I’m trying it now.

    Well, that worked.


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    I mostly use talk to text when traveling and post with the iphone. Easier than that little keypad. Siri does work well in my car with Car Play. Considering the keypad is disabled, asking Siri is the only choice while driving. Being old school, I just feel silly talking to a computer like it is a real person.
     

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