Using Dragon Dictation on the iPad 2 with a Bluetooth headset

Using Dragon Dictation on the iPad 2 with a Bluetooth headset

Summary: There is no easier way to enter text on a mobile device than by speech. Using Dragon Dictation with a Bluetooth headset may be the fastest entry method.

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I'm enjoying the fine weather working on my back patio with the iPad 2 and a Bluetooth keyboard. Actually, I'm not using the Bluetooth keyboard, I am using Dragon Dictation on the iPad 2 along with my Jabra Bluetooth headset to dictate into the iPad. Dragon Dictation makes it possible to input text simply by the speaking directly into the iPad, or in this case the Bluetooth headset.

The accuracy is very good, and I find very few errors in the conversion of my speech to text. It's uncanny how good Dragon Dictation is, even handling proper names. It does this by scanning the user's contact list to learn who might be referred to in spoken text entry.

It would be very useful if Dragon Dictation allowed me to dictate directly into other apps, but unfortunately it is restricted to dictating into the internal Dragon Dictation app. That's not quite as convenient as it requires copying and pasting the text into other apps as desired.

While I can't see myself dictating a large volume of text using this method, it is accurate enough and convenient enough to do it occasionally. I really do like using it and with the Bluetooth headset it is quite accurate as it eliminates virtually all background noise.

Dragon Dictation doesn't allow for editing text on the fly, that must be done later using whatever app is the eventual home for the dictated text. Otherwise it works pretty well if you just sit down and dictate text you want to record and let Dragon Dictation input it for you. Once you develop a rhythm using this method it may be the fastest way to enter text into the iPad or other mobile device.

I do find the Siri dictation on the iPhone 4S to be more accurate than Dragon Dictation, but until Apple chooses to put that on the iPad this will have to do.

Note that even while I am using it on the iPad, the free Dragon Dictation is available on other platforms and devices. This article was written entirely using it on the iPad, with error correction performed manually in the editor prior to publication.

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  • I tried dragon dictation on the iPhone

    "it requires copying and pasting the text into other apps as desired"

    While this might be worthwhile if you are writing an entire blog, I found that this made Dragon Dictation useless for crafting text messages and short emails. The time it took to open Dragon Dictation, dictate the text, copy the text, open the destination program, paste the text, and then correct the errors far outweighed the amount of time it takes me to simply type them out in the actual program I need the text for.
    toddybottom_z
    • RE: Using Dragon Dictation on the iPad 2 with a Bluetooth headset

      @toddybottom_z Exactly! Also, both Android and Siri are just as accurate! To bad Siri isn't on the iPad 2! Android has it on their tablets though!

      For the record Toddy, it isn't the Devs fault Apple's weak OS prevents the integration.
      slickjim
  • Stylistic changes?

    Do you find any problems with stylistic changes of writing versus speaking? I have the latest version of Dragon Naturally Speaking (and have had past versions 9.5, 10 and 11) and I find them totally useless.

    Although they do a phenomenal job of voice recognition (I spent a year in a PhD program in Linguistics so I understand the complexities involved in the air-vibrations-to-printed-text route) I find that my writing style changes completely between speaking and typing. Though I'm a lawyer, when typing I use fairly short declarative sentences, which makes the text easy to understand. With dictation it comes out routine legalese instead. I spend so much time editing the dictation to make it simple that it's easier just to type from scratch.
    Rick_R
    • RE: Using Dragon Dictation on the iPad 2 with a Bluetooth headset

      @Rick_R I have a long history with speech recognition, and how I deal with the difference in style is to dictate in whole paragraphs. This more accurately mimics how I write, so the style is very similar. I also make it a point to not look at the screen while I am dictating, just concentrating on what I want to say.
      JamesKendrick
  • RE: Using Dragon Dictation on the iPad 2 with a Bluetooth headset

    Well ... If you had spent those dollars used on the iPad, bluetooth headset, and keyboard on a laptop, you could have purchased Dragon Naturally Speaking, added Office and not had to screw with copy/paste/edit elsewhere. Probably would have saved a dollar or two to boot.
    I can cut the grass with a pair of nail clippers ... doesn't mean I am post lawn mower ...
    whatagenda
    • RE: Using Dragon Dictation on the iPad 2 with a Bluetooth headset

      @whatagenda you should change your Nick name to that! Post Lawn Mower Man! =D
      slickjim