Cheery smile-minister Zooey Deschanel has worn a lot of hats (uh, literally) in her brief public career: television and movie actress, indie songstress, HelloGiggles.com co-creator. (Yes, you read that correctly: Zooey Deschanel helped launch a site called HelloGiggles.com. That's your recommended sugar intake for the day).
Now, Ms. Zooey has found a new role for her sprightly self: Siri's Bestest Pal.
The actress can be seen in a current iPhone 4S advertisement for AT&T, which apparently debuted Monday night on ESPN and which has already been viewed over 100,000 times on YouTube in less than 24 hours.
The ad features Deschanel interacting with Siri on a rainy day, doing the things you'd expect her to do while home alone -- ordering in tomato soup, reminding herself to clean up (tomorrow!), and dancing by herself to some old-time rock and roll. Quirky!
As we have with past Siri ads, we decided to put this one to the test: Can the iPhone actually respond to all the prompts that AT&T's commercial says it can? Apple is currently being sued (actually, DOUBLE-sued) for misleading in its Siri ads, and we found in our tests on the Siri "Rock God" commercial that the sassy voice assistant had a whole bunch of trouble in real-life trials.
Our "Rock God" tests ended in total embarrassment for Siri; does Apple's Assistant fare any better at calling me Zooey?
As a reminder, the testing process remains the same:
- We only do one take of each prompt, to see if Siri can get it right the first time. What good is a voice assistant you have to prompt over and over again?
- Every prompt from the commercial is repeated word for word, here at the HuffPost office, no matter how stupid it makes me sound.
- Since the commercial takes place indoors, and Zooey Deschanel presumably has Internet in her home, we did the test over HuffPost's WiFi network.
- As always, I would like to apologize ahead of time, for my terrible, terrible Zooey Deschanel impression, which consists of me smiling a lot and trying to show as little chest hair as possible.
And now, here's our Zooey vs. Reality advertisement test. Watch below to see how Siri performed (SPOILER: Much better than last time):