VR+ Voice Recording App for BlackBerry & iPhone Review

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ShapeServices has been very busy lately, releasing a wide variety of new and updated mobile applications.   You may have read Adrian’s recent review of ShapeServices’ Mobiola xPlayer, or Wayne’s coverage of their popular all-in-one instant messenger, IM+.

This week I’ve been using their VR+ voice recording application, which is available for BlackBerry and iPhone/iPod Touch.  VR+ lets you create voice recordings — or even entire podcasts — on the go, and share the recordings via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Blogger.com.

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If you have been looking for a good voice dictation application, VR+ may be exactly what  you need.   Students can record entire lectures, save as an MP3 file, and then send the file through e-mail to their Mac or PC (or even create a free VR+ account to store the audio files in your own online archives — you have the option to designate files you upload as “public” if you want your friends, or other VR+ users to be able to access the recordings).

Teams can create their own voice-notes to share updates or announcements internally (just create and e-mail the AMR/WAV/MP3 audio file to their team members — VR+ lets you choose the audio format).   Parents and business-professionals alike will likely appreciate the ability to transcribe their voice-recording into an e-mail to their family, friends, and colleagues straight from their BlackBerry or iPhone.

VR+ Voice Recording App for BlackBerry & iPhone Review

I found the voice-to-text transcripts to be accurate when testing the feature for sending e-mails.

VR+ Voice Recording App for BlackBerry & iPhone Review

One feature of note:  you can append any of your voice recordings before sending to another recipient.

VR+ Voice Recording App for BlackBerry & iPhone Review

How does VR+ stack up against other voice-recording applications, like Vlingo or MyCaption?  When I first started using VR+, I tried the apples-to-apples comparison.  In reality, these applications truly fulfill different requirements.

MyCaption is for BlackBerry devices only (4.2.1 OS  and higher), and allows the user to compose e-mail, memos, calendar appointments, tasks, contact notes, and PIN messages.   MyCaption also allows for integration with a business user’s BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server on Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, or Novell Groupwise).  One important note about MyCaption is that it limits voice-to-text recording and transcription to the type of subscription plan you purchase, whereas VR+ recording length is limited only by the storage available on your device or micro-SD card.

MyCaption pricing is broken down by various subscription plans (monthly or pay-as-you-go) determined by the minutes you plan to use each month.  VR+ is a one-time price for unlimited use (iPhone/iPod Touch users can get the application for $2.99 from the App Store.  BlackBerry users can purchase the application for $29.99 — yes, 10 times the cost of the iPhone’s version).

Vlingo also does voice-to-text for transcribing e-mail*, searching the web using your voice (a very cool feature that neither MyCaption, nor VR+ currently offers), voice-dialing, update Facebook and Twitter (like VR+).  BlackBerry users can also open/use other BlackBerry applications using their voice with Vlingo.   There is a free and paid version of Vlingo (*the paid version enables the additional features like sending or replying to e-mail or SMS by voice ). Vlingo’s full version is $17.99 for BlackBerry users, and free for iPhone/iPod Touch users.

If you need to control applications, web searches, update your social networks, e-mail by voice, and do not need to record lengthy notes, lectures, interviews, or create podcasts, Vlingo is likely your best bet.

If you are a business user on a BES, and your company is providing (paying for) the service for voice-to-text e-mail/calendar/contact updates, then you may lean more towards  MyCaption.

Users who need unlimited recording capabilities and the options to send their recordings and/or upload them to their own online archive account  in addition to sending e-mail by voice, will find that VR+ is the best application for their needs.

The VR+ Voice recording feature is unlimited and free. A purchased license key is required to enable the option for sending the recordings.

What I Like:

* Unlimited voice-recording length.

* Ability to send transcribed e-mail by voice.

* Update your Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger.com accounts from VR+

* Archive your voice-recordings to your own VR+ online account.

* Create and upload podcasts directly from your BlackBerry or iPhone/iPod Touch.

What Needs Improvement:

* Pricing.  $29.99 is high for the BlackBerry version (the iPhone/iPod Touch version is $2.99)

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