One little issue is street noise. For testing purposes I tried asking the phone to call a number while I am walking in the street and cars are passing by. And this isn’t Manhatten. I’m just walking around a suburb. The phone often gets my instructions wrong. I am required to repeat the name several times. When this phone isn’t finding a match it offers about three names from the Contact list and asks, ‘do you mean ____?’, and if you say ‘No’, it continues to the next name. (This feature is called ‘Choice Lists’ and can be turned on or off in the Voice Services settings). Sometimes the phone really gets it wrong. My friend Tom’s name gets confused with ‘On Demand’ and so sometimes that feature gets launched instead of his number getting dialed. erp.
A friend of mine has his Verizon phone on a cradle in his car. We can be holding a conversation in this car when suddenly out of the blue the phone announces it’s calling a number or it asks if a command was issued. Obviously some sound one of us made triggered something in it’s tiny little brain. Isn’t technology fun??
When you are in a quiet place the Voice Services do work well, generally. If you have a heavy accent or just seem to be having a problem with the Voice feature, you can turn on Digit Dialing > Adapt Digits in the settings. Just talk in the phone and it records your voice. It takes a few minutes to go through the process – you get a series of four numbers to repeat. It seems interminable but at least it’s an option for those who need it. And you can turn it off by clicking ‘Reset Digits’ in the Voice Services settings.
I have to say the phone IS smart. When a contact has more than one number available, the screen shows the list of numbers. All I have to do is say, ‘home’ or ‘mobile’ and the dialing begins. Clever little toy!
What you can use Voice Services to do:
Written by Cecilia