What Busy Moms Should Get the iPhone Siri to Do for Them

You've heard about the hilarious things Siri is capable of saying, right? The personal assistant application in the iPhone 4S has a number of built-in Easter eggs that tech pundits are uncovering as quickly as possible. (I'm imagining all the people who have spent hours to date just saying completely random things into their phone. I mean, really, how else would you discover what Siri responds to the command to "Open the pod bay doors"?)

Siri's amusing attitude aside, the amount of interaction you can have with this piece of software is truly amazing—especially if you're a busy mom on the go. If you haven't yet tested the limits of the iPhone's new voice assistant feature, here's a list of handy example phrases for you to try:

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(These assume you have your Contacts and Calendar configured/filled in, by the way.)

People and Places:

When is my husband's birthday?
What's the pediatrician's address?
What is my mom's phone number?

Appointments and Whatnot:

Set up a meeting with Jason at noon
Set up a meeting about school volunteering tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Schedule a playdate appointment at 4:30 today
Reschedule my appointment with Riley's teacher to next Monday at 9 a.m.
Add Lisa to my meeting with Jason
Cancel the doctor's appointment
What does the rest of my day look like?
What's on my calendar for Friday?
When is my next appointment?
When am I meeting with Riley's teacher?

Clock-Watching:

What time is it in New York?
What is today's date?
What's the date next Saturday?

Email:

Email my husband about our home budget
New email to Lisa Smith
Email Riley's teacher and say I got the forms, thanks
Any new email from Mom today?

Maps & Directions:

How do I get home?
Directions to my husband's office
Find coffee near me
Find some burger joints in Seattle
Find a gas station nearby

Texting:

Tell Susan I'll be right there
Send a message to Lisa saying let's meet tomorrow
Text Jason and Lisa where are you?
Reply no I haven't been by the bank
Tell him I'll be there in 10 minutes
Call her

Notes:

Note that I spent $12 on lunch
Note: check out that preschool in Redmond
Find my soccer equipment note
Add Patient Zero to my reading list note

Reminders:

Remind me to call mom when I get home
Remind me to give Riley medicine at 8 a.m. tomorrow
Remind me to pick up milk when I leave here
Remind me when I leave to call my husband

Weather:

What's the weather for today?
What's the weather for tomorrow?
Check next week's forecast for Seattle
What's the high for Seattle on Thursday?
When is sunrise in Boston?

Websearch/Wolfram Alpha:

Search the web for Washington State immunization schedules
Search for best school lunch recipes
Google favorite kids' movies from 2011
Search Wikipedia for Abraham Lincoln
Search for news about the dead animals in Ohio
How many calories in a bagel?
What is an 18% tip on $86.74 for four people?
How many days until Christmas?
How far away is the sun?
What's the price of gasoline in Coos Bay, Oregon?

If you use an iPhone 4S, what do you think of Siri so far? Have you been making good use of it?



Image via Linda Sharps

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