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Old 04-11-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default iPhone 5, SIRI vs Subaru's HD Radio

Does SIRI play nice with BT on the XV? I'm awaiting delivery of a Limited with the HD radio. I'm already disappointed to hear that the radio can't download my iPhone's entire phone book and only 50 contacts can be added...MANUALLY. I figure SIRI will come in handy because I can just ask to dial anyone from my phone book.

One other question. If I'm using my iPhone to stream, for example, Pandora via BT, can I make and receive calls via hands free?

I just traded in my 2012 Ford Fusion SEL to buy my XV and as twitchy Ford SYNC can be, I know I'm going to miss its superior and very convenient features. Why does Subaru lag so behind in entertainment and NAV technology?

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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I can tell you that we are not that happy with the BT in the Subaru because you can't use any of the preset phonebook numbers while you are driving. We also set up the voice dials for the phonebook but it will never recognize what we are saying. We just pick up our phone and use it and it will still connect to the car and we can talk hands free. I do not know about Siri but I would guess that it will not work in conjuction with the BT in the Subaru.
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So the numbers that you manually put into the radio cannot be dialed when moving? Even via voice command? That sucks.
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No, you can dial the numbers in the factory system while on the move. It's just that some people have a difficult time getting the voice dialing to recognize the correct name. For the most part mine does well. One key is to use long names rather than short. For example, "Richard Smith cell phone" rather than "Ricky's cell."

Longer names give the system more syllables to differentiate so names sound more different from one another.

As for Siri, I'll try to remember to try it out today; I've never used Siri so the thought never crossed my mind. Though I have accidentally pressed the "dictate" button while composing a text and the stereo sound cut out while my phone was waiting for me to dictate... We'll see.
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As Chasem said it can be done via voice command but we have always had problems getting it to recognize what we are saying so I will try to change the saved command so it is longer. I know you can not use the buttons on the radio to dial while you are driving because the car will tell you "Due to safety concerns this function is not available at this time".
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Maybe IT IS a good idea to cut that speed sensor wire that goes to the radio? Wonder how difficult that is to do?
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I found that a lower mic volume helped out 95% of problems with voice recognition.

I have used Siri via BT in my SAT/NAV


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I found that a lower mic volume helped out 95% of problems with voice recognition.

I have used Siri via BT in my SAT/NAV


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I had to turn my mic all the way down, that helped a ton. I was using sync for the past four years, the hardest part is using the proper commands to make a call to someone. Once I learned those I find the voice recognition works well.

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Good to hear. Didn't realize there was a setting for mic volume. I'll give it a try when I get behind the wheel.
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Also. Set up speed dial in the HU. Works a lot faster. Up to 10 speed dials per paired phone. So set up a few and do the following

Press voice command
Say:
Hands free
Call speed dial 1



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