However, as I understand its gist, the question of the best smartphone in the world came down to a 27-phone tie.
Why is Wolfram Alpha relevant? Well, it seems that Siri was actually outsourcing to Wolfie. She's a busy girl and it's not easy keeping up with all of Samuel L. Jackson's needs.
The Alphanauts, for their part, were having a few issues with tabulating customer reviews. Indeed, they borrowed from Best Buy, and the Nokia Lumia 900 was top because 4 people gave it the full 5 stars, whereas 86 gave the iPhone 4S a 4.7.
This analysis was entirely weighting free. There was no account taken for the number of reviews. Putting the Lumia at the top was merely a courtesy, not an quantitative, definitive answer. And the company has already put measures in place to change this.
Jean Buck, director of content development for Wolfram Alpha, gave a long (really long) explanation to Search Engine Land.
However, the most elemental, elementary error made by Wolfram's machines was that they just gave one answer, when there were actually 27 equals.
As Buck put it: "I believe we were actually showing 27 products with a rating of 5, the iPhone 4s being one of them. But for 'best smartphone,' we returned only the product that appeared at the top. Clearly, if 27 phones returned the same value, we should have listed all of them."
So there you have it. The iPhone 4S is just as good as the Nokia Lumia 900 and 25 other smartphones.
Can we all get along now? Sam Jackson needs a tee-time and another recipe.