Me: \u201cWhat is the current temperature?\u201d\n\tSpeaktoit Assistant for iPhone: \u201cI\u2019m not too certain either way.\u201d\n\tMe (repeating slowly): \u201cWhat is the current temperature?\u201d\n\tSpeaktoit Assistant for iPhone: \u201cI can\u2019t really say at the moment.\u201d\n\tAnd so it went with my tests of Speaktoit Assistant, a popular Siri-like Android app that made its iPhone debut last week. While the Speaktoit iPhone virtual assistant was indecisive, I\u2019m not: The current iPhone version (0.2), which I tested, is essentially beta software that does a frustratingly inept job of speech recognition. The iPhone app costs $2, while the Android version is free\u2014and does a far better job.\n\tSpeaktoit Assistant for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (by Speaktoit LLC) promises to be \u201cthe most complete virtual assistant available\u201d and do things Siri can\u2019t, such as run on older iPhones. (Siri is currently limited to the iPhone 4S.) Speaktoit can also update your Facebook status, unlike Siri. In my tests, however, Speaktoit Assistant for iPhone didn\u2019t complete a single task or answer one question satisfactorily.\n\tSome additional examples:\n\tMe: \u201cWhere is the closest grocery store?\u201d\n\tSpeaktoit Assistant for iPhone: \u201cI\u2019m not too certain either way.\u201d\n\tMe: \u201cWhere is the closest Starbucks?\u201d\n\tSpeaktoit Assistant for iPhone: \u201cI\u2019m not too certain either way.\u201d\n\tMe: \u201cHow many inches are in five feet?\u201d\n\tSpeaktoit Assistant for iPhone: \u201cI\u2019m not too certain either way.\u201d\n\tStarting to See a Trend Here?\n\tLike any bad relationship, I began to wonder: Is it me? Or more specifically, is it my Southern accent? So I posed the same questions to Speaktoit Assistant on Android as well as to Siri on the iPhone. Both answered my questions accurately and quickly. For example, the Android Speaktoit Assistant showed maps of nearby grocery stores and Starbucks locations and delivered a Google search that immediately answered my inches-to-feet conversion question.\n\tBeing a Southerner, I had to ask Speaktoit Assistant on iPhone and Android where the closest Piggly Wiggly is located. The iPhone avatar replied, \u201cI\u2019m sorry. I\u2019m having trouble understanding the question.\u201d\n\tWhen I asked again, the app showed me a map pinpointing a business called DemandTec Inc., a cloud-based analytics company that IBM acquired. (Is there a secret connection between Piggly Wiggly and Big Blue?) On my Android, however, Speaktoit Assistant located a laundry called Piggly Wiggly Wash in Millbrae, California\u2014something not even Siri accomplished.\n\tOne thing I like about Speaktoit Assistant is the ability to customize your avatar\u2019s appearance\u2014right down to the eyebrows. I transformed my male avatar into Harry Potter, just because I could.\n\tBut that\u2019s where my enthusiasm for the current iPhone version ends. If you\u2019re jonesing for Siri on an older iPhone, I recommend Vlingo (by Vlingo Corporation). It\u2019s free. It lets you send texts, emails, social media updates, dial by voice, and complete other tasks. And it does an excellent job of speech recognition.\n\tWill Speaktoit Assistant on the iPhone get better over time? Will Apple release Siri for older iPhones, thereby making apps like Speaktoit Assistant largely irrelevant?\n\tAs the Speaktoit avatar would say, \u201cI\u2019m not too certain either way.\u201d But I\u2019m sure I won\u2019t be replacing Siri with Speaktoit Assistant on my iPhone anytime soon.