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Friday, June 27, 2008

Blackberry: Ditch Your Thumbs, Use Your Voice

There's always been something weird about using my phone as an all-in-one device.

Not because it doesn't make sense. It absolutely does. I love having all of my information -- including email, documents, power points -- in one place. What was strange was that I used a keyboard and stylus to input information that was designed to use voice.

Two software companies have developed tools that are opening up the "smart" portion of your smart phone to voice commands.

Vlingo lets people search for text or addresses by speaking into your phone. It's simple and elegant.

Jott, on the other hand, offers more services -- but that comes at a price: complexity. Most of that involves setting up pre-existing groups -- such as all the members on your work team -- and then using the phone to call a specific number, designate "team" as your recipient list and then dictating a message that is either emailed or sent as a text.

Vlingo will probably gain the most traction with people because it seems easier to use. I know my friends who have tried Jott thought it was neat -- and then promptly never used it again.

Regardless, it's clear the age of the keyboard and mouse (or stylus) are quickly coming to an end. Or at least a lessening of the degree of importance.

By Brad at 12:41 PM | Comments (2)

(2) Thoughts on Blackberry: Ditch Your Thumbs, Use Your Voice

We also are familiar with Jott but only tried it once due to lack of usability so we agree. Definitely iwll have to check out Vlingo!

Comments by Search Engine Optimization Journal : Monday, June 30, 2008 at 05:28 PM

yeah, I've had too many people tell me Jott was neat -- but not worth the hassle.

Comments by Brad King : Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 10:34 AM

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