Voice Control Personal Assistants

As time goes on, I realise that I for one, depend on Voice Control for a number of the devices that I have and use on a daily basis.

From mobile phones to computers and entertainment devices.

Specifically, Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant and Alexa.

I perform a number of tasks with these assistants from dialling a phone number to controlling my smart home and listening to and watching my entertainment choices.

Comparing one to another is not really fair, as each have their strengths and weaknesses.

When deciding which assistant I would like to help me, I invariably choose the one that is easiest to use (and get to understand me).

A secondary consideration is the task most suited to the assistant.

Although life would be simpler if one assistant was capable of doing everything, I quite like the idea of being surrounded by a number of assistants – I spent a lot of my professional life as a manager, so am used to heading a team to work together to complete tasks.

Where possible, information such as contacts, calendars, reminders and messages are shared between the various devices.

Sometimes this can be technically challenging but is very useful.

Brian Collins

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

I picked up a contract on this phone for upfront cost of £20 and monthly £10.99 for 24 months from Carphone Warehouse, I normally buy Pay-As-You-Go phones and get a monthly bundle for £10 but this was only £0.99 a month more.

I’ve seen this on Amazon for around £120 SIM Free.

Now, this cooking on gas when it comes to a traditional Android device.

Thankfully I’ve been able to install the apps that I need (and subscriptions that I pay for).

Although the build quality is not what I would hope for, the price tag is much less than many others.

I have previously owned a Samsung mobile (Non-Smartphone) and it lasted extremely well through a lot of cold weather abroad and not too friendly treatment by yours truly.

Brian Collins