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GIZMOS iPhone 4S's Siri Is 'Crazy Good'

iPhone 4S's Siri Is 'Crazy Good'

The iPhone 4S comes out Thursday, and The New York Times’s David Pogue is doing his best to gin up excitement: the new smartphone is “sheer magic,” Pogue writes. The best upgrades are the new digital camera, which he says “comes dangerously close to displacing a $200 point-and-shoot digital camera,” and the virtual assistant Siri, which he calls “crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition.” Pogue says Siri “saves time, fumbling and distraction, and profoundly changes the definition of ‘phone.’” The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg is less effusive: “[Siri] has great potential and worked pretty well for me, despite some glitches.” He adds, “Despite Siri, the iPhone 4S isn't a dramatic game-changer like some previous iPhones.”

October 12, 2011 6:47 AM