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iPhone Voice Recognition Apps

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 7/11/2010

There are several iPhone voice recognition apps around and most of them are pretty accurate and effective in recognizing your voice commands and carrying out tasks which you speak out for your iPhone to do. Here we give you five of the best iPhone voice recognition apps.

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    Vlingo - Voice App

    Vlingo Voice App Vlingo Voice could be a potential life saver, especially while you're out driving and you need to reply to a text message. It lets you dictate your text messages then push the send button and your message will be sent. Say goodbye to that dangerous texting while driving experience. The main app is basically free but you have to purchase some features in-app, including the facility for sending SMS and email. Don't worry about the cost though, since it's well worth it for the simple fact that it might help you stay out of accidents. No wonder, Vlingo is one of the most highly praised mobile apps, not only for iPhone but, for other platforms as well. (Price: Free) (Download link)

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    Dragon Dictation

    Dragon Dictation Here's another great option for voice recognition software for iPhone. Using Dragon Dictation software, this app lets you speak and instantly see your email or text messages. The app provides a faster way of composing messages or texts than using the iPhone's virtual keyboard. It also lets you post updates on your Facebook wall or post tweets, as well as send notes and reminders to yourself. Best of all, you can do all these using your voice of course. (Price: Free) (Download link)

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    SoundHound The first time I used this app on my iPhone I was simply amazed by how accurate the app is. It recognizes songs either played on the radio or any public speaker system or even your own voice if you sing a particular song. What the app does after recognizing sound is to search for information about the song and present it to you in a great interface. As a bonus feature, you can even purchase the music inside the iPhone app. Aside from letting you buy the music, the app also allows you to share music information with your Facebook friends or Twitter contacts. SoundHound is easily one of the best music apps with a voice recognition feature. (Price: Free) (Download link)

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    Voice Lookup

    Voice Lookup Voice Lookup is another iPhone voice recognition app. It allows you to use most of your phone's functionality using voice commands. You can call, compose text messages, email, map locations and even add web bookmarks and browse web pages using your voice. You'll find the app's mapping features very useful for locating business establishments while on the go. The app relies on a phonetic speaker dependent recognizer which was designed to adapt to the users voice. For a more accurate recognition, you must train the app to recognize your voice through constant practice. (Price: $2.99) (Download link)

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    Vocalla Vocalla is another useful voice recognition app which lets you access your address books, iTunes library and Safari bookmarks using voice commands. And the app works simply. You just speak the name of a contact or an artist on your iTunes library or bookmarks and the app will display results based on what it recognizes from your voice. From there you simply speak a phone number and title of a particular song and it will execute your voice command. The app's major features include - phonemic transcriptions of all your iPhone contacts, display 10 results, obeys your voice at every step, requires no network connection, and has visual effects when it responds to sound and gravity. (Price: $3.99) (Download link)