I’m curious what you’ve tried to do with it where it’s failed? I don’t doubt you, just curious what you thought it could do that it can’t, so far?
Also, everyone that I seem to talk to thinks that Siri is pretty terrible, but then again, a lot of those people are tech folks with exceedingly high expectations. I’ll be very interested to see what kind of improvements Apple announces to Siri at WWDC, and what hardware embodiment they might offer.
I will say that most “normal” people (and techies) seem to use Alexa-enabled products to do very rudimentary things (timers, the weather, music, radio, alarms, etc), but that’s actually totally fine. As Larry Page once said his goal is to make products that are “important enough that millions of people use them at least once or twice a day”, once you have that core utility down, you can catch the marginal applications too.
In terms of catching up, I’d say Amazon has a pretty complete lead, which indeed, as you suggest, is its to lose.