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iTranslate Voice: Lost In Translation

iTranslate voice is a language translation app that allows you to “magically” speak in 40 languages and dialects just by speaking to your iPhone. AirTranslate is the feature that allows you to connect your iphones together and engage in conversations with people of other languages, this is done with Bluetooth.

Like most translation apps you can change the voice output from male to female, adjust the speed at which responses are delivered to you and the volume.

By default the advanced settings are turned on including, dictionary results, transliteration, detect end of speech, auto speak, shake to speak, language facts and email signature. Push notifications are off by default.

WHAT I LIKE:

THE CONCEPT OF THIS APP IS GREAT BUT, THE EXECUTION LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:

From the app icon to the overall user interface (UI) nothing looks esthetically pleasing. airtranslate takes forever to connect and the translation results are very hit or miss. I tried having a conversation with my barber who’s from Taiwan and her responses she said were never accurate or missing portions of conversation.  My English to Spanish conversations with my wife were also missing words or inaccurate.

I also found it quite annoying that you have to pay for the iPhone and iPad versions separately, at $1.99 each that’s $4 to run on both platforms. This is not breaking the bank but, it seems like there nickel and diming you since each version does basically the same thing.

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY:

Better functioning free apps like Google translate and iTranslate, the predecessor to iTranslate Voice are available for free, with this in mind I would definitely not buy this one. Unless they release an update which provides better translation results and a much more improved user interface.

This is definitely one app that got lost in translation.

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