Dictate this!

| Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Ok, ok I know I don’t have to convince you that the iPhone is the best gadget EVER! But this app certainly helps to make it even more productive if that’s even possible.

Dictation apps have been around for years, and most people picture someone wearing a big headset and talking into it. Not with this app from the makers of Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows – Nuance.

The Dragon Dictation app is brilliant.  Tap and speak into your iPhone which comes so naturally to us. After speaking the analyzer does it’s thing, then you can email, text message or copy to clipboard and your voice has been transcribed for you. You press a word and you can get a dropdown of suggested corrections as well. Now I tested this out quite a bit and the disclaimer nothing is perfect applies here, but it comes pretty darn close. I was amazed as to the accuracy that was achieved. Even pretending with a thick Indian accent produced decent results.

People have complained about the iPhone not being able to keep up with the Blackberry in terms of keyboard typing speeds, and if that’s the case for you then this app is a pretty sweet middle ground.  It can transcribe, fix the odd mistake and have that email sent before a Crackberry user thumbs the send button.

The best part of this app is it’s part of the iPhone and therefore portable. Other than lugging around a laptop, I don’t know any other portable transcribing software out there. Doctors, cops, writers and journalists all could benefit from using this app. This has so many purposes and it’s free.

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