Call me old fashioned, but unlike Joaquin Phoenix in the film \u201cHer,\u201d I\u2019ll never fall in love with a computer, Apple's Siri, or any other digital assistant. Siri is helpful, but does it work as well as Google Now? According to Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray analyst who performed a rather painstaking analysis of the subject, there\u2019s almost no difference between the two \u2014 though the Android version has a very slight edge.\n\n\nMunster and his team tested the digital assistants by posing 800 questions to each and then rating them on their ability to interpret and answer each query. To see if ambient noise made a difference, they tested the phones both inside and outside. The questions centered on five categories:\u00a0local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS commands.\n\n\nGoogle Now correctly answered 86 percent of all questions, while Siri scored 84 percent. I\u2019m not at all sure that\u2019s a significant difference, but Munster gave Google Now a "B" grade, and Siri got a "B-". Munster reported the results in a pair of investor notes that are not publicly available on the Web.\n\n\nOne issue Munster doesn\u2019t address to my satisfaction is how well the assistants understand the speech of different users. Unlike real voice recognition software that understands you better as you use it, Siri and Google Now do their processing in the cloud and deal with information from millions of users. As a result, they don\u2019t learn from individual users who may have different accents and pronunciations. Siri, for example, consistently writes "Ross" when I dictate my daughter's name, "Roz."\n\n\nGoogle Now\u2019s navigation, local, and general-information skills are its strongest capabilities, according to Munster. Siri is stronger in interpreting OS commands, such as song play, when the artist is mentioned in the query.\n\n\nSiri can answer questions using two sources at once. In one example, Munster asked "Where is Mt. St. Helen?"The personal assistant provided information from both Apple Maps and Wikipedia.\n\n\nIn the past, "Google Now has had an advantage over Siri because it uses Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Play together to provide an integrated and comprehensive answer to queries," Munster said. "Siri is catching up on this front."\n\n\nMunster noted that Siri does not sort search results by price or hours of availability. Google Now, however, gives users the ability to filter results based on price, location, rating and hours.\n\n\nThe real takeaway from Munster's analysis isn\u2019t so much the difference between the two systems, but the fact that they both do a difficult task (voice assistance) rather well.