I love my iphone. Don't get me wrong, I find it so useful and easy to work and I love that it links to my ipad and it's like having a mini computer in my handbag. But I do have to accept it's limitations. I thought my most major issue with it was autotext. Or rather, me being too lazy to fully check a message before sending it, so 'if' becomes 'of', 'love' becomes 'live' and on one strange occasion our friend Richard became 'Shagsy'.
But, oh dear iphone, I have discovered something far worse than autotext. Voice recognition. I first realised it was unreliable when out on a dog walk one day. I'd gone out without my glasses, after all, I was on a walk, I don't need glasses to see where I'm going. But I received a message while I was out and with very squintly eyes and holding the phone at extreme arms length I could work out what it said. It was a question that needed answering but without glasses, I couldn't trust myself and autotext to be accurate. So I pressed and held the microphone button and spoke the reply. A sentance came up on the screen and with those same squinty eyes and extreme arms length I could see that it wasn't right so I had to wait until I got home. Clearly this is a feature that needs double checking too.
But this is nothing compared to what happened a week or so back. See, my daughter was going to stay at my sister's holiday home in Portugal and I was pretty sure that the house was full of English-Portuguese plug adaptors and she wouldn't need to take any of her own. But I thought I ought to check. So I sent my sister a text. About plug adaptors. I typed it with my own fingers. Autotext did not kick in. Fine. But while waiting for her reply, I must have accidentally pressed that microphone button again. I must have been having a very random conversation with my husband. And clearly iphone language is very different to mine. Because this is what I saw it had picked up when I next looked at my phoneI laughed and showed it to him. And you know what he picked up on first? Arsenal. He's a Spurs fan - why would we have been talking about buying Arsenal?