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Voice Texting Pro Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Michael Halloran on October 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BETTER THAN EXPECTED
Translates voice to text quickly and easily. Perfect app for anyone with an iPhone that does not support native voice-to-text.
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Voice Assistant - Just Use Your Voice Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DICTATION STATION
It's not exactly ground-breaking, but Voice Assistant does make certain tasks easier.
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Dragon Dictation

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 11th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TEMPERAMENTAL
Dragon Dictation brings voice dictation to the iPhone. Like most voice recognition software though, it's not perfect
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Dragon Dictation Lands in the App Store

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 10th, 2009
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TEMPERAMENTAL :: Read Review »

Dragon Dictation, a surprise for the iPhone, was released recently. It lets you translate speech into text to be used in an email or text message.

Dragon Dictation was a surprise when it showed up in the App Store this week. While I guess it's no surprise that more and more developers are launching applications for the iPhone so we should see more surprise launches like this.

Dragon Dictation does a pretty good job of translating speech into text. In a few tests I read some standard political quotes into the phone and it seemed to translate with around a 95% accuracy. Very good results really. I particularly liked the way it capitalized words when they were in a particular context. For example, United States was properly capitalized in one text example.

Once you have your speech dictated, you can send that text in an email without even leaving the app, a nice touch. Or you can send it to the clip board and use it in a text message or paste it into another app. Would really like to see more options here. Would be great to have it automatically launch Tweetie 2, or Facebook, or other apps to allow status updates via voice.

There has been some confusion on one part of the end user license agreement (EULA) for this app. That passage states that your contacts will be uploaded to their servers. This, of course, got people up in arms, and generally confused. We asked Nuance, developers of Dragon Dictation for some clarification on this.

Dragon Dictation transcribes voice to text with fully automated speech recognition software and only uploads users' contact names - no email, phone or any other personally identifying information - to optimize name recognition when a user dictates. From there, speech recognition requests and contact names are processed in data centers based here in the US that meet Nuance's stringent security and privacy standards - the same standards that we use for processing private information in other areas of our business. We keep the contact names for the life of the service in order to keep synchronized with the user's address book.

For additional details, feel free to review our corporate privacy policy at http://www.nuance.com/company/privacy/.

-- Rebecca Paquette, Nuance

While some users still won't be happy about this, it's good to know before you download the app. If it bothers you, don't download the app.

Dragon Dictation is currently available for free from the App Store. There is some indication that the app is free for only a certain, unknown, amount of time. So if it is interesting to you, grab it now!

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