Review: iSpeech Translator For BlackBerry

Another one of the free apps that RIM gave away to make up for their multi-day outage last year was iSpeech Translator. In short this app allows you to translate speech using your voice, or by translating e-mail or text messages. It works with Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.

So how well does it work? I tested it by translating simple phrases like “can you direct me to the subway” from English to Italian and having a native Italian speaker listen to the results. Assuming that it recognizes your voice (my voice worked well, but an associate with a heavy English accent didn’t do so well), it translates quite well. I repeated that with someone who spoke Mandirin and got similar results. So if you’re traveling and you need to ask for directions, this could be of value to you. There are two catches though. One is that you need an active data connection. Not a big deal. The second is that as I type this owners of OS 7 BlackBerries can’t use this app. Hopefully that gets fixed. Other than those two issues, I think this app is worth taking a look at.

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