Dragon Dictation is a handy tool for recording your voice and quickly turning it into text that you can then edit and send via text, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and more. While not perfect, we were surprised by its accuracy and appreciated its simple, straightforward design.
To begin, you'll need to select a region and then accept an agreement. Dragon Dictation then asks if you will allow it to add the names of your contacts to your vocabulary on the server so that it can recognize the names when you speak them. The interface is very basic, with only three buttons at the bottom: one to record, one to access your keyboard for edits, and another to share the text. We started by recording a brief message that included our name and address. The resulting text was perfect in terms of spelling. Sure, a comma could have been placed here and there, but it added a few commas between the city and state. Moving on, we decided to add to our original message, but this time mentioning the name of a friend who has an odd name. The app got our friend's name nearly correct with the exception of one letter, which impressed us. We then sent the message to a friend's e-mail, which they successfully received. Likewise, we were able to quickly post our text to our Facebook and Twitter accounts using the app. The Settings menu lets you turn the Recognize Names and Detect End-of-Speech features on and off. You can also adjust your language settings from there.
If you're looking for a simple and accurate dictation app, you can't go wrong with Dragon Dictation for its speed and accuracy. We highly recommend it to all users.
From Nuance Communications:
Version: Dragon Dictation for iPad and iPhone 1.3.4
I been finding it gets about 95 to 99% of words right, depending on how many consonants there are in the word. The more complex the word the more likely an error.
However, it sure beats typing on a on-screen keyboard.
The biggest downsides are big, is that the App is absolutely terrible in punctuating & editing. Tried delaying my my speech to insert a period or create a paragraph but that didn?t work. Nor does saying the word "period" or "paragraph" help.
The on screen editing is also very clumsy and manipulating the touch cursor proved to be extremely difficult.
If you can get the cursor to go where you want it & insert two spaces, the app automatically inserts the period - but it is an irritating two step process.
I suggest the developers put a few basic punctuation buttons on the record screen so that one can force a paragraph, period, comma and similar often used marks. Nonetheless, as I stated at the beginning. It beats typing & its free.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Dragon Dictation is an amazing little app. It works well, and of course, it makes mistakes, but as far as transcription goes, it does an awesome job and saves you tons of typing. And it's free!