Until a few days ago, I’d never used one of these latest-generation voice command applications. S Voice has been my only exposure to this brave new world of vocally-powered control. While I was mildly impressed at how many corners of the phone could feel the warm touch of S Voice, I didn’t feel a compelling need to explore many of them. And when I did, the lackluster performance of the app reminded me why I just stick to tapping and swiping most of the time.
Smart Stay was one of the first features I wanted to test when my Galaxy S III arrived. The prospect of a phone that watched you to make sure you were looking at it, like some kind of attention-starved sibling or modern-age tamagotchi, was oddly appealing to me. Now that I’ve spent a few days with a Galaxy S III, I have enough usage experience to offer some opinions on the Little Phone That Watches Me.
Something interesting happened to me early this year: I started hating my iPod. So when it decayed to the point where even the music player app wouldn’t stay running long enough to play a single album without crashing, I knew it was time to think about returning to a one-device lifestyle. For that, I chose an Android phone.