Review: TapToVoice is stripped down and easy to use

Convert text to speech with this easy-to-use text input app for the iPad.

TapToVoice is a text-to-speech tool for your iPad that features a slick, iOS 7-style keyboard and a couple of options for playback. While it lacks the kind of depth and feature set that some other text-to-speech apps offer, that streamlined nature makes it a great option for many situations. Younger users, those who need a larger screen and interface, and those who don't need the bells and whistles of other text-to-speech tools will get a lot of use out of this app.

When you open TapToVoice for the first time, you're going to find a single keyboard and a couple of options for it. The keyboard looks great; it's flat and oversized, but somehow looks good on the larger iPad screen, rather than a blown-up iPhone interface. By default, the app reads in a male, almost British voice. If you tap the option to use the Google API, you'll have more options for translation and the voice will change to female. Unfortunately, there is no options menu on hand to change any of these things; but again, the app strives for ease of use and it succeeds in almost every way.

If you need a text-to-speech app that doesn't throw dozens of unnecessary features at you, TapToVoice is a great one to download. It isn't overloaded with options, it looks great, and almost every barrier to entry has been removed, making it a good tool for younger users.

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