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Every week or two, I hear about a new voice dialing application for the iPhone. And every week or two, I come away generally unimpressed. Until this week. I just got word of a free, new application from MELODIS for the iPhone so I gave it […]

MelodisvoicedialeriphoneEvery week or two, I hear about a new voice dialing application for the iPhone. And every week or two, I come away generally unimpressed. Until this week. I just got word of a free, new application from MELODIS for the iPhone so I gave it a download and then tested it on a few contact names. MELODIS Voice Dialer nailed them all.

"OK," I said to the phone, "maybe those were softball names and therefore too easy for you." So I pitched a few more… and the app still batted a thousand. No matter what I do in normal usage scenarios, the application hasn’t messed up once for me. And that’s while streaming music in the background while I work.

Clearly the downside to any iPhone voice application is the factthat you have to start it up with a button press and then triggersomething else for it to listen. In this case, the Voice Dialer is nodifferent: you press the app icon to fire it up and you then have abutton to trigger the listening. It’s an Achille’s Heel but that’s dueto Apple’s terms and SDK for iPhone apps.

Getting past that however, this is a joy. Once it indexes yourcontacts, which is a short process, you simply press and hold theon-screen button while speaking. Say your contact name and up pops allof the contact data. Speak the word "Call" before the contact name andthe MELODIS Voice Dialer will automatically dial the number of thecontact. There’s a configurable auto-delay setting for the dialingwhich gives you a few seconds to verify that you’re calling the rightperson, but in my experience you won’t need that. If your contact hasmultiple numbers, just say "mobile" or "work" in the phrase. It’s thatsimple and unbelievably accurate in my experience.Even better: many of the contact details are clickable links so if you have an address for a contact that the Voice Dialer found, one tap shows the address on Google Maps.

This is a must-have for iPhone owners wanting a voice-dialingapplication. It’s a freebie, so you have nothing to lose, but if Ihaven’t convinced you, maybe this video demo will.

  1. Great find! I’m now using this app in place of the standard phone button. I love how not only I can call people from the app, I can also find contacts to email as well.

  2. I have to agree that this is the first voice dialer that has not been deleted off of my iPhone within the first 20 minutes! It truly works and I am quite impressed. I had to make a post on your site for the first time just to thank you for pointing it out!

  3. Good to hear – after the horrible Google voice search (100% FAILURE in my testing), I figured it was a lost cause. Though I’d like to see Apple integrate this directly. So many cheapie phones out there have mostly usable solutions, why not the iPhone?

  4. Wow this app actually worked! I had this problem with my Iphone but, now it’s all good and I’m lovin it.

  5. In the few hours I’ve been using it, I’ve not yet been able to stump it :-) even with all the weird names in my address book.

    I also had a couple of people with strong accents try it, and it worked perfectly.

    I Especially love being able to find numbers without having to scroll down for pages and pages.

    Definitely a keeper, and something Apple should integrate into their own software.

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