February 15, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Drivers and frequently on-the-go people should take notice of Dial2Do, a “handsfree assistant” that can read or write communication and reminders. Dial2Do works by taking voice commands and performing functions. Users log-in by dialing a number and saying what actions they wish to take. Say “Email Dad” and Dial2Do will then record a spoken message, convert the speech to text, and then send the email to Dad. It can also record reminders, send texts, post to Twitter, or add appointments to a calendar.
There’s also a playback component for Dial2Do. The same way that users can send texts or emails, they can have incoming SMS and email read back to them. (The same applies to all features mentioned in the previous paragraph). This is obviously convenient for drivers and people who need to do perform other tasks while listening to communications and reminders.
Various web apps are also supported, including listening to or posting to:
- Remember the Milk
- HelloTxt (Face, Myspace, etc.)
- Tumblr (post only)
- New York Times or Yahoo News(listen to feed)
I’ve tested the Dial2Do app since last week and my experience is overall favorable. I generally don’t like transcription services because they often don’t detect more words accurately, but that only happened twice on a few calls. After slowing down my fast speech pattern and enunciating more, it became easier to deal with the voice prompts. Another drawback is that dialing Dial2Do can use up your monthly minutes, which can be a problem for people who are pushing the limits of their plan every month.
Dial2Do is free if you only want the reminders service; the full-feature Pro service will cost $3.99 per month ($39.99 per year). The company is offering a 30-day trial for the Pro Plan that includes all features. Register for an account at Dial2Do.com and download the app from the Android Market.