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Samsung has just introduced it’s new phone, the P207. It’s primary exciting feature is that you can talk into it, and it will create an SMS message for you (text).
My question for the ages is, “WHY!!!!”.
First off, I think it is damn cool that Samsung has put really good voice recognition (still requires discreet-word speech, though) into something as small as the average cellphone.
But after that little disclaimer, I think the idea is a bust. I do need help typing, and dialing, but not SMS messages. Speech is just way too public, and the whole point of SMS is to be a private and discreet form of communication.
I understand that a company doesn’t want to follow the crowd, but in this case, companies like LG, Nokia and T-Mobile’s Sidekick are in a better direction. Put the power into the mobility and use form changes to make typing easier. If the Sidekick was a bit smaller, it would be knock out. See here for those examples:
Playing with different ways to orient better more compact screen/keyboard layouts, is really the right direction.
Speech recognition is a great thing. I wish my phone’s speech recognition for dialing worked a heck of a lot better than it does. Oh well!