iPad + Dragon Dictation + Apple iPad Case = Mobile Desktop

iPad + Dragon Dictation + Apple iPad Case = Mobile Desktop

When the Apple iPad case arrived a little while ago, I was not initially impressed. It is rather thin, gets in the way of docking the device, and the edges are a bit on the sharp side. Moreover, I am not in love with the overall “feel” of the material they used. That noted, I didn’t immediately box it up for return because it is nice to finally have a way to protect the device a bit.

Then I tried the case propped up in landscape mode.

iPad + Dragon Dictation + Apple iPad Case = Mobile Desktop

I was impressed. The case holds it at a perfect angle for typing. Mix in the new ability to use Dragon Dictation for 60 seconds at a time,  and add to that the ability to type in any corrections to my transcription mistakes, and you have a pretty good idea of why this will be sitting on my office desk most days. The combination works well, and it is – more importantly, comfortable to use.

The Apple iPad case has an MSRP of $39.00 and is available from Apple.

The Dragon Dictation app is available in the App Store and is currently free.

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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 "iPad + Dragon Dictation + Apple iPad Case = Mobile Desktop"

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  2. So why is Dragon Dictation US only? Can they not handle a UK accent?

  3. Christopher Gavula | April 7, 2010 at 9:44 am |

    I didn’t realize it was limited to the U.S., but I confirmed that their website said it’s in the U.S. and Canadian stores only (and that it only uses U.S. spellings), so I’m suspecting that’s at least part of it. I’m a native U.S. speaker and it regularly has a lot of trouble understanding certain kinds of sounds/words even though my diction is very good. Dan has had excellent luck with the product and always speaks very highly of it, but I have not had nearly as much luck, so I would imagine that yes, if you are outside of it’s parameters of its understanding it is likely to have some problems which may be why it wouldn’t be available outside of the U.S. and Canada.

    That said, Nuance offers their desktop apps in other countries and even in a couple of different languages, so I know it can be done and I suspect they will release other versions at some point. Nuance seems to be very good about keeping their products up to date and the iPhone/iPod Touch / iPad app is free so it definitely doesn’t hurt to try it if you have a U.S. or Canadian iTunes account!

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