Voice language translation – it’s one of those things that sounds like such a great idea for an app, but realistically you can’t help but think it would never be accurate enough to be more than just a novelty. While even the most advanced translation programs (voice or text) are never 100% accurate, I think Trippo Voice Magix could actually be quite useful for travelers.
Designed by Cellictica, VoiceMagix opens right to the translation page. Choose your “from” and “to” language from their respective menus – 27 languages to choose from, 14 of which have voice translation included.
I wanted to test the accuracy of the translation, so I chose the only other language I’m somewhat fluent in, which is Portuguese. I started with very basic phrases (hello, how are you), and it worked well. You can type the phrase in, or tap the mic icon and say it. If you say it, the text will automatically appear in English in the text box, so you can be sure it didn’t misunderstand your words.
For example, my “Where’s the bathroom” became “Wish the bathroom.” However, I spoke again, slower and clearer, and it translated correctly. I also experimented with some more odd phrases (yes, I tried to cuss, wouldn’t you?), and I have to say, this app understood me pretty well. The problems were small, such as occasionally misinterpreting a “two” as “to.”
The voice translations in the other languages are clear and easy to understand, and of course you get the text translation to accompany it. You can also email any translations to yourself straight from the app. A few times, a message popped up saying the network or server were down and my translation couldn’t go through, but it worked the second time.
I also tried a few longer phrases and discovered there’s a timer, maybe about 10 seconds, before the translating begins. So be aware that you’ll only be able to capture small chunks at a time.
A $10 app requires some thought before download. Can I see this being useful while traveling? Absolutely. Does it magically give you the power to speak and understand foreign languages? Of course not – no translation program does. But VoiceMagix’s ability to capture what you’re saying is impressively accurate, and there are an infinite amount of situations where this app could come in handy.
Trippo VoiceMagix requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer in order to speed up the publication of this review.