Look Ma, No Hands… Using Jott Instead Of Typing

Using The iPhone To Get And Stay Organized – Part 2- Jott

In part one of “Using The iPhone To Get And Stay Organized” I did a full review of reQall. While I love its powerful features and low price… it is always good to have choices. And Jott, well let’s just say Jott has a few neat tricks of its own.

Yesterday Larry and I were emailing back and forth a bit… but neither of us were doing much typing. No, instead we were using Jott. With Jott you can select someone as a “Favorite”, tap their name, speak for up to 30 seconds and then… well there is no “and then”…

The app sends the voice note to its servers, transcribes it and then sends it to the recipient as an email.


Let’s take a look.

With Jott you can write memos to yourself or, if you choose, instead of typing out a paragraph of a post you can… Jott it. For example if you want to write…

Instead of typing out an email and sending it to somebody, you can simply make them one of your favorites under people. And simply speaker jott, tap their name and it’ll get transcribed and sent right to them as an email. It’s a great way to communicate and it’s safe, especially when you’re on the go.

You could simply Jott it…



And it is indeed true… Instead of typing out an email you can just speak…


You can even send a Jott to an entire group…


But wait… there’s more.



It even lets you create appointments in Google Calendar…



The convenience and flexibility Jott offers is tremendous and make the service a great addition for anyone who is on the go.

Unfortunately Jott no longer offers a free version of their service. For $3.95 per month, however you can create Jotts of up to 15 seconds. For $12.95 you can speak for up to 30 seconds. Details are available HERE.

So between Jott and reQall which is better? That depends on your needs, your work style and your budget since reQall still offers a free version and the Pro version is just $2 per month.

The best advice… try them both and decide for yourself.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

3 Comments on "Look Ma, No Hands… Using Jott Instead Of Typing"

  1. Dan thanks for pointing this out. I’d tried Jott integration to calendar in the past and it seemed to be out of order (I’m on Apps for Domains so that could be the problem too).

    I definitely was thinking the other day how much an audio (voice to text0 email/Twitter assistant would be helpful.


  2. Wayne. For the longest time I only used Jott to create notes for myself. When I started using all the other features over the weekend I was blown away. I especially like the ability to create accurate emails to key people or groups quickly.

    Also I didn’t even mention the ability to create a Toodledo or Remember The Milk task and hear your favorite rss feeds read to you.

    In all it is really powerful if you really use the features. Better still, I find the transcription more accurate than ever and returned a bit faster than before.

  3. Jott is a great service, but their pricing just didn’t work for my erratic use of the service. Sometimes I’d have a burst of activity and use it a lot and other times I’d go weeks without using it.

    An alternative to Jott that so far is still free is Dial2Do.com Has a lot of the same features and applications – e-mail, SMS texting, reminders to self, sending appointments to online calanders, twitter, Remember The Milk, etc. Transcription seems to be on par with Jott’s, although I think that is often a function of the individual.

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