Bixby vs. Siri

Which is the best smart assistant?

Illustration of person in silhouette talking into a smartphone virtual assistant like Bixby or Siri
kimberrywood / Getty Images
PRODUCT DISCLOSURE $

Samsung's Bixby and Apple's Siri are groundbreaking smart assistants, also called digital assistants or intelligent assistants, that have become integral to Android and Apple mobile and smart devices. We looked at Bixby and Siri to see which has developed better features and functions.

Overall Findings

Bixby

  • Introduced in 2017.

  • Unique Bixby button on mobile devices engages with assistant.

  • Bixby button functions can be remapped to other apps.

  • Features a selfie shortcut.

  • Executes variety of smartphone functions, such as setting wallpaper.

  • Works well with third-party apps.

  • Can show up as a pop-up.

  • Can send files and documents to print.

  • Multiple language support.

  • Samsung electronic gadgets support Bixby.

Siri

  • Introduced in 2011.

  • Supports shortcut voice commands.

  • Siri is supported on MacBooks.

  • Works well with languages and translations.

  • Offers detailed weather information.

  • Delivers breaking news.

  • Good at sending messages and emails.

  • Because it's web based, may offer a web search instead of answer.

  • Works with Apple's HomePad and third-party smart speakers.

Bixby and Siri would have seemed like science-fiction imaginings just a few years ago, and yet now we're nitpicking their artificial intelligence functions. Both smart assistants have their strengths and unique aspects. Their functionality is so different that it's challenging to compare them head to head. Still, Bixby seems to excel in the voice command area, while Siri does extremely well at detail-oriented tasks.

Both Samsung and Apple are dedicated to updating and improving their digital assistants, so keep expecting continuous upgrading and new, improved features.

Bixby is available on Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, Fold, Note9, S9, S9+, Note9, S8, and S8+, as well as a variety of Samsung smart devices. Siri works with iPhones, iPads, the iPod Touch, AirPods, the Apple Watch, HomePod, MacBook Pros, Macs with macOS Sierra or later, and Apple TV.

Shortcuts: Bixby's Button Gets the Edge for Uniqueness

Bixby

  • Bixby button can be remapped to pull up other apps.

  • Bixby can pull up the camera app and take a selfie.

Siri

  • Siri supports a host of shortcut commands for easier interaction.

  • Siri can open an app but users must manually use it.

Samsung's Bixby, introduced in 2017, distinguishes itself from Siri and other rivals with its capacitive Bixby button. While users can pull up the digital assistant with the "Hey Bixby" voice command, the Bixby button was intended to be the primary mode for engagement.

Bixby can be reprogrammed to pull up other apps, which is a huge plus for many users. Users can set a single press of the Bixby button to open a different app, while a double press or a long press will trigger Bixby.

Siri has been around since 2011 and Apple continues to support it with updates and deeper integration in the Apple universe. Siri supports a host of shortcut commands that allow users to give the assistant simple phrases for easier interaction.

Siri works with all devices in the Apple ecosystem, which is a plus if you're surrounded by iPhones, Apple Watches, HomePods, and other devices. While Siri can open an app, the user still has to manually use the app.

Commands: Siri's Better for Detail-Oriented Tasks

Bixby

  • When prompted, Bixby can show up as a pop up instead of taking over the whole screen.

  • Bixby can send files and documents to print.

  • Extended language support.

  • Can edit photos, send messages, and compose emails.

Siri

  • Siri is better with languages, voice note-taking, translations, and hard-to-pronounce words.

  • Siri provides detailed weather information.

  • Siri is better at tasks like pulling up calendars and breaking news, and sending messages and emails.

Bixby is able to execute various smartphone functions, such as setting the wallpaper, closing apps, creating contacts, setting apps to uninstall, and checking for software updates. Bixby works well with third-party apps, particularly when searching for results in various apps. Samsung is continually expanding Bixby's functionality; the smart assistant can now edit your photos, send messages, and compose emails on command.

On the downside, users have to wake the assistant before they can give a command, and giving Bixby more literal phrases as tasks may cause hiccups in its functionality. Occasionally, Bixby doesn't respond to voice commands.

Siri is faster and more responsive to voice commands and can more easily grasp the context and pull up detailed results for simple requests. Siri provides better and more detailed weather information and can quickly pull up calendars and breaking news as well as send messages and emails.

On the downside, since Siri is web-based, it may send users to a web search results page instead of launching an app or executing a function.

Smart Home Integration: Both Work Well in Their Spaces

Bixby

  • Works with more Samsung smart devices.

  • Users can ask Bixby to print files and documents.

Siri

  • Siri works on Apple's Home Pod smart speaker.

  • Siri can be integrated into various third-party smart home products with the help of Apple HomeKit.

Samsung has begun integrating Bixby into other devices, including its latest smart TV models and smart refrigerators, giving users a chance to expand their hands-free usage of the smart assistant.

Aside from Apple's own product ecosystem, users can now connect Siri to products including the Ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat, the D-Link Omna Security Camera, and the Beddi Smart Alarm Clock through the Apple Home App. Once connected, users can say "Hey Siri" to control their smart home devices.

Final Verdict

Bixby's goal is for users to be able to do anything with the smart assistant that they can do on their phones via touch. Because of this, Bixby excels at making Samsung smartphones work better hands-free,

While Siri is ideal for more detail-oriented tasks and is entrenched in the Apple device ecosystem, overall, users may find Samsung's Bixby to be a more useful smart assistant.

Of course, you can't go wrong with either assistant, and your loyalty to Apple or Samsung devices will ultimately play the biggest role in your choice.

Visit Samsung's Bixby page to learn the digital assistant's latest and greatest features.

Siri's features are always improving. Visit Apple's Siri page to learn about the digital assistant's latest features.