iTranslate Voice HD is a new live translation app for the iPad, released last week. It promises a lot in its App Store page intro (note there’s also an iPhone version as the text below alludes to):
Instantly speak another language, voice to voice. Can you imagine talking into your phone in one language and immediately hearing yourself in another language? That’s exactly what iTranslate Voice does. Just speak into your phone and it immediately speaks back to you in one of our 31 languages.
With iTranslate Voice you can:
★ Instantly speak 31 languages…
Instantly start a voice to voice conversation into one of our 31 languages and dialects.
★ Look up words…
Look up definitions and meanings for common words & phrases, just using your voice.
★ Share translations…
Simply click on a translation to copy, mail, text or tweet it.
★ Super accurate voice recognition…
Forget typing… The accuary of our voice recognition is so amazing, that you don’t need your keyboard anymore.
I’ve been trying the app out over the last week or so and I’m very impressed with it.
The supports 23 languages with full voice recognition – including variants like British, American, and Australian English and Cantonese, Mandarin, and Taiwan entries for Chinese. Another eight languages don’t yet have voice support, but can be worked with via text input: Arabic, Catalan, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Slovak, Thai, and Turkish.
I’ve been trying it out with English to Spanish and Spanish to English, because my Spanish is fluent – and messing around a little with Portuguese and French as well. The translations are always pretty quick and seem very accurate. My only little quibble on that score is that it sometimes doesn’t register when something is a question. That’s not a problem really, just something worth noting.
It’s excellent to use for a quick translation of a word or phrase too.
It’s got a solid set of features, and some nice little extras like pull-down to clear the screen.
The interface is very bare bones and perhaps best suited to the smaller iPhone screen, but that’s fine as on the iPad it just sort of gets out of the way. Most importantly, it’s good at its primary job – it offers fast and accurate translations. My daughter and I have been working on improving her Spanish recently – and iTranslate Voice HD is going to be a big help with that.
Here’s an App Store link for iTranslate Voice HD; it’s priced at just $0.99.