I try hard not to use my phone in the car. I used to talk on the phone all the time while driving and I've been able to cut back on that. I'm pretty good about not texting, though I will answer a text when I'm stopped at a red light. My phone doesn't have Siri, so I don't have one of those talk-to-text features. But it does have a voice search function.
I can hold down the home button on the phone and say "Call Annie, mobile," and it will, which is pretty sweet. I can also use the voice search function to search Google. That comes in handy from time to time. Like last week, for instance. I was on my way to the Indiana Soybean Alliance for a blogger's event. I had a pretty good idea of where I was going, but wanted to confirm the address. So I held down the button, waited for the beep and said in (what I thought was a very) clear voice:
"Indiana Soybean Alliance"
What I said and what Google Voice heard were two different things. What Google gave back to me was: "Indiana Sleeping Alliance." Not what I was looking for, but something I should keep in the back of my mind for future use.
So I tried it again, this time trying to be more clear with my enunciation: "Indiana Soybean Alliance"
Google Voice: "Indiana Floyd bean Alliance" Ugh. No.
Me: "Indi-ANa- SsssOY-beaN Alliance"
Google Voice: "Indiana silly bean Alliance"
Still determined, I decided to change the search a little, not sure if it was really the soybean alliance or the soybean board.
Me: "Indiana Soybean Board"
Google Voice: "Indiana saw you being bored"
Well, I don't know if anyone saw me being bored, but if they were looking in my direction, they probably saw me being frustrated and shouting into the pinhole microphone of my phone.
Me: "IN-DI-AN-A SsoooY-beaN BOARD"
Google Voice: "Indiana so you being bored"
Why I didn't just give up, I don't know. Call it determination or rage-born stubbornness. So I tried a different approach this time.
Me: "Soy BEAN Indiana"
Google Voice: "So I mean Indiana"
With that I waved the white flag and waited for the next red light, where I typed in "Indiana Soybean Alliance" and where Google promptly responded accurately. Finally.
Ahh...first world problems.