While text to speech technology seems to be functional via various applications and web apps, the same cannot be said for “Speech To Text”. Many speech to text engines are highly dysfunctional and difficult to operate and train. Furthermore, apps like Siri or Microsoft’s TellMe can be quite dysfunctional when one wishes to dictate longer passages to them, (e.g. to send a text message). Say Mail! is a Windows Phone application which provides accurate speech to text functionality to help you dictate text for emails. Interestingly, Say Mail has just two features which includes the option to speak to dictate text (speech to text) and to read out dictated text (text to speech).
One of the biggest hallmarks of Say Mail is it’s accuracy in recognizing speech to translate it to text. In fact, you are likely to get everything right in the first attempt and in case there are a few errors, you can manually edit text later on.
Say mail has a minimalist UI that allows providing simply Speech to text or text to speech functionality to get the job done for you. You can use your default email account and avoid configuring anything to use this app. After launch, the app immediately begins listening to you to translate speech to text. However, you can turn off this auto-start feature via Settings menu.
In case you do not wish to automatically begin dictating to the app when you launch it, manual dictation sessions can be easily launched by hitting the Say button. It is worth pointing out that you will require an internet connection for converting speech-to-text. After you have completed the dictation, you can review your email using the Hear option. The Send option displays a list of all contacts that have an email I.D. associated with them.
The complete version of SayMail! costs $0.99 and an ad-supported trial version is also available. While this app may not appear as fancy as some other applications, it is good enough to become a part of your daily routine in no time. Say Mail woks with devices running Windows Phone 7.5 or higher.