Siri changes her mind on which smartphone is the best ever

The virtual personal assistant said last week that the Nokia Lumia 900 was the best smartphone ever, but now, she's changing her tune.

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It was just last week that Apple's virtual personal assistant Siri was telling the world that the Nokia Lumia 900 was the best smartphone ever. But it appears now that she has been scolded back into the Apple fold.

When iPhone 4S owners now ask Siri which smartphone is the best ever, she replies with a sarcastic, "you're kidding, right?" A reader who tipped CNET to the change said Siri will also reply with "the one you're holding" when asked the question. A CNET staffer on the West Coast also got "the one you're holding" as an answer.

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Apple's virtual personal assistant made waves last week when users found that Siri would point to the Nokia Lumia 900 when asked which smartphone was the best ever. The result came from Wolfram Alpha, a service Siri often queries. Wolfram Alpha's answer was based on "customer review average" across the Web.Two CNET staffers in San Francisco, however, got Yelp results as a response.

Although it appears Apple has changed the answer Siri spits out, the company has not publicly said that it has, in fact, done so. CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the change and we will update this story when we have more information.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, if you ask Siri what the best tablet ever is, she's firmly in line with her corporate overlords: "The Apple iPad is the best. And that's not just my opinion."