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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