Had my S3 for a few days now, my first smart phone as well. Generally I like it but what is up with voice dialing ?
In car I use it with a bluetooth headset (very old plantronics one) and all I want to do is push a button on the headset and tell it who to call. I dont want to ask it if I need an unbrealla today or what the weather is like in Coventry or get it to tell me a joke. I just want it to dial someone in my contacts list. This is something I was doing with my mobile phone 12 years ago but could I get my S3 to do it in any way that was near useable in real life ? No I could not and maybe it is just me. First off I have a contact called 'Office'. So I hold down relevant button on my headset and S Voice opens up and listens to me. I say 'call office' and S Voice recognises that I say 'call office' yet does not recognise that I have a contact called office. So I try to call my wife who's name is Karin. I say call Karin and S-Voice tells me I have no contact called Karen in my contacts book. The only way I could get it to work was to rename my wife in the contact book from her real name, Karin to Karen, just so S Voice would let me call her. So I try some of the other contacts I need to call when in the car. I try Kemal - no joy. I try Seran - no joy. I try my own name Erol and say call Erol at home, to try and call my home landline number - no joy. The only contact I could get it to work with was my wife and then only by changing her name in my contacts list. I played with every setting for S-Voice I could and still no better. I tried using google voice search , even though I could not activate that from the headset. Still no joy.
Eventually I give up and go the 'play' market and search for a third party app. I can not find any free ones that seem to do what I want and in the end go for a paid one called Voice Speed Dial. Google play site tells me this £1.91 So I enter my UK CC details and then it tells me it is $2.99 which after the foreign currency charge by my CC company and the terrible exchange rate they give is gods knows how much. Anyway I get my app and it works.
I do understand the difference between using voice tags and natural language parsing and I do see how much more advanced S Voice is in theory and some degree in practice, but really to have to pay extra for an app to get something so fundamentaly basic as working voice dialing on a phone that cost £500 does irk somewhat.
Like I say I am very new to this whole smart phone experience and maybe I have just missed something plainly obvious that would have given me working voice dialing on my phone without having to shell out extra on a third party app and if I have I would welcome someone putting me right. Surely there must be a way in S Voice of recording voice recognition tags for contacts in your contact book so that it can actualy understand who you are trying to call without the need for extra apps ?
Sorry for the rant, but this experience has taken the shine off what has otherwise been a pretty pleasurable experince of owning an S3 (other than its actual price which was painful for me)