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Dragon Dictation Review

October 31, 2010 by Ryan Ray 

Have you ever wished you could just talk to your phone to type an email, or tell it what and who to text? Well thankfully we can tell our iPhones who to call, and what music to play. We can even ask it to shuffle or simply for the time. We just can’t use speech to text yet. There is an app out there though that tries to save us from this lack of features on our iPhones.

It’s called Dragon Dictation. It is in itself just like every other speech to text app, I would go out on a limb and say this does it pretty well though. I tested it out over a few weekends. I’ve used it to send texts to people instead of typing them out, which is one of the awesome uses of it. The thing I like about it besides that it works pretty well is that you have a few options of how to use the text it dictates. So let’s check it out real quick below.

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Here is what you are presented with when she’s ready to roll. Once you tap the button it starts listening to you, turning your voice into text. Here is where the app runs into some inaccuracies. I said, with my best Ahnold accent, “Get to da choppa!” This is how Dragon Dictation interpreted it… Get the job ha ha. Hah, for real. I don’t know if it has a hard time deciphering my cruddy impersonation or what, but it didn’t quite get it right. Trust me though when I’ve used it before to send texts that if you speak clearly it has an almost %100 accurate rate. If it gets something wrong it’s really easy to fix. You simply highlight the word you want to fix and bring up the keyboard. Just as you would editing text in any iPhone app.

Once you have the text you want to send here is what you can do with it. Text it, email it, copy it, Facebook it, Twitter it, or just change your settings!

Now like I said the app works pretty well, just don’t try and impersonate the governator. I also haven’t tried translating a long period of talking into text for something like an email. I only sent one sentence texts, so your mileage may vary. The app makes any mistakes easy to edit and it will definitely save you some time in typing stuff out. It also makes it a little safer to text and drive in my case ;) . Just kidding, I hardly take my eyes off the road not more so than any other person or any other distraction besides a dumb cell phone. So test out the app for yourself, it’s free, and see what you think!

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4 Responses to “Dragon Dictation Review”

  1. Sandra on March 19th, 2011 9:08 am

    I just wish you could reply to an email with Dragon Dictate. That facility doesn’t seem to be included and it’s quite important.

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  4. Martha on July 3rd, 2015 11:42 am

    I agree, the record is uderanable and *(insert your deity here) help you if you have to obtain a record from annother location or group. Even the simplest encounter pulls a wall of text on white (at least 10 pages ussually) with all kinds of bs scattered throughout. (who needs a cage questionaire on a kid with an ear infection?). The other doom is communication overload, once everyone discovers that they can send you questions quickly and easily (from PT to lab to scheduling to nurses etc) you start answering an couple of hundred things a day (all recorded for the lawyers to hang you with. If you were to do a proper chart review to answer all of these questions you would not have time to do anything else. EMR technology is a rope that is choking us all off.

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