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Siri is great... but this ain't Siri!

Siri is great and for me, it was worth upgrading from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S to get it.  But don't be fooled by imposters.

For example, there's an app named "SIRI" that has NOTHING TO DO WITH VOICE CONTROL.  Somehow, the app was approved, on October 13th, and is doing very well in the U.S. app store, despite the fact that the description and app aren't even in English!  Indeed maybe that's the trick.  People can't tell what the app does, so they get it and end up disappointed.  I won't link to the app, because it doesn't need the extra accidental sales, but here are some screenshots that give you an idea of what the app does and how customers have duped themselves.

Siri, the non-Apple app

Siri reviews

Siri description

As a developer, I'm torn, because this demonstrates that people will search for an app by name or keyword and simply buy it.  I suppose I've benefited from that purchasing style.  But it also results in customer dissatisfaction and Apple is going to have to deal with it in refund requests.  So for now, buyer beware and read those descriptions and reviews!

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.