Version Reviewed: 2.1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Reminiscent of the kind of technology that was once only seen on Star Trek, iTranslate Voice 2 is a very convenient tool for those who need to convert between many different languages.
The app is simply designed. It ties into the aesthetics of iOS 7, but ultimately this isn't a tool focused on looks anyhow. On either side of the screen is a flag denoting the language involved. Simply tap on the icon of the language that one is about to speak, then speak and wait for the results. iTranslate Voice 2 is pretty accurate too, although understandably won't pick up whispers. Surprisingly quickly, iTranslate Voice 2 picks up the words spoken and converts it to text on screen, before reading out the word or phrase in the second language listed.
Allowing for mistakes, it's possible to edit such words or phrases with iTranslate Voice 2 quickly adjusting to the desired results. It's clever stuff and the old fashioned person inside me can't help but mutter how it's magic.
iTranslate Voice 2 caters to 42 different languages, including many different European languages, as well as Arabic (with different dialects included), Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, and Korean. It also includes some support for Croatian, Hebrew, Malay, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. These few languages don't allow for text to speech translation, but one can still bring up translated words for each of them.
One key thing to notice about iTranslate Voice 2 is for those who already have its predecessor of the same name, it's probably not worth the upgrade price. Both apps do a fairly similar job, although the newer installment is that bit faster and more stylish to look at, plus includes iOS 7 offline voice support.
For everyone else though, iTranslate Voice 2 is a handy purchase. Not only useful in a variety of different situations, it's also a quite cool tool to demonstrate just what can be accomplished with a simple app.