Dragon Dictation is quick and simple. After you’ve delivered your 20-second message, the words pop up on the app’s text screen. From there you can load an onscreen keyboard to correct errors or make other changes. Tapping on a word offers you options to delete it or replace it from a short list of alternate words suggested by Dragon. When done, you can e-mail or IM your text or save it to the clipboard where you can paste it into the iPhone’s Notes app or another text editor. You can dictate not just text but also punctuation marks, such as periods, commas, and paragraph returns. Nuance also says the app will adapt to your voice over time, further increasing its accuracy.
The company’s new and free Dragon Search app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you run a Web search by speaking a word or phrase. Just record your search query, and a list of links appears on the screen.
You can set your default search engine among Google, Bing, and Yahoo. You can also see your results among different types of search engines, including Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia, and iTunes. From the iTunes search results, you can jump to iTunes itself on your device to download associated music or podcasts. Dragon Search keeps a history of your last several searches, so you don’t need to recreate them.
Like the Dragon Dictation app, Dragon Search is fast and accurate. The time limit is not an issue, and I like the ability to see the same results in Google, Bing, Twitter, and other search engines. Both apps are good first starts from Nuance in the iPhone app arena.
This app is great for 2 reasons:
1. It’s a great option if you dislike using the touch pad on your iPhone to text.
2. It’s convenient if you would rather just quickly get a message out.
Dragon is a great new tool to add to your toolbox. It can really help make your life just a little easier when it comes to sending messages on the go.
Have you tried the Dragon Dictation or Dragon Search? If so, what do you think?
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