The thing that strikes me about Siri is how “crummy” it is. It’s trying to be an intelligent assistant but it’s not nearly good enough. Many have called it “toy like”. It was so uninteresting that there was minimal coverage of it after the keynote launch. One can almost forgive the cynics. It was “yet another feature”.
However, it does seem to be good in a very limited set of tasks. It is something you can hire for some minor jobs that you’d rather not do. Basic calendar booking, context aware search and a few delightful surprises. But it’s not trying to be much more. It’s not trying to be a typist. It’s not trying to be a companion. It’s not trying to be smarter than you and make you redundant. It’s only trying to help lubricate your life. This is what makes it so exciting.