iPhone owners can type out e-mails and other text messages faster than ever. After all, one’s fingers can only move so quickly. And while the iPhone keyboard is above excellent in quality and accuracy, it is still easy to hit the wrong key when furiously typing out the all-important e-mail.
This also requires your eyes to be focused on the screen. Can you dodge the walls, columns, people, plate glass, and 3-foot-high children while typing out a memorandum for your all-powerful corporation…without spelling errors such as “ggllsjk!”?
Dragon Dictation is a FREE dictation application that converts spoken words into text, which can then be easily moved to an e-mail, text message, Facebook, or even Twitter! Users merely need to speak clearly and assertively.
As explained above, the application is as simple as pressing the “Record Button” and speaking into the microphone. After you have stated all that needed to be stated, press the big “Done” button, and allow the application to process the text.
To begin with, the Dragon Dictation application requires a very solid network connection. The speech-to-text process will transpire much more quickly and more accurately. However, that being said, the accuracy can be 100% on target, and other times be less than stellar. Words may be omitted and certain phrases be “misheard” and a syllabically similar phrase be produced. For example:
Original Statement: “This is a test to see how well the application can process text using your ear-buds.”
Converted Statement: “This is a test to see how well the application can process test using your butts.”
A useful application without doubt, Dragon Dictation generally operates well, but has its flaws. In field-testing, the application was effective and processed speech accurately. Users should be prepared to double-check the text-conversion and make the appropriate edits.
The Facebook and Twitter interface are very useful for those who want to quickly update their respective statuses and tweets.
Again, the application is best used with the understanding that it is not 100% accurate every time, but will do well in general. Short messages (under 10 words) are more likely to be converted accurately than longer sentences.
It should also be reiterated that the app is free, and therefore, users won’t lose anything by giving the application a shot. It might be for you, it might not.
To see the application in use, please scroll through the slideshow for screen captures of Dragon Dictation.