Talking cellphones are here! And so… you will not just read SMS messages but also hear the same messages being read to you through the phone’s Message Reader.
I first heard about mobile phones’ Text-to-Speech recognition from the Ben-Q distributor early this year (since Ben-Q phones carry them too) and now I get to test it first-hand with the new Nokia 5500 Sport which my editor has sent me to review.
What can I say? It’s really C-O-O-L!
The funny thing is that the phone’s reader, named “Ellen” speaks in a British accent. At first I thought she only reads purely English messages until I pressed “play” on the Taglish messages and she read them in British accent too. Imagine that?? Am in for a really good laugh.
There are other cool things about the 5500 such as its flashlight, built-in pedometer, 2 megapixel camera, and the fact that you can set it to Phone, Music or Sports Mode. With the latter, you can choose your type of activity (such as running, walking, cycling, rowing and stair stepping) and the phone monitors your exercise targets as well as the intensity of your workouts. Perfect, even for an erratic gym-goer like moi.
More about the Nokia 5500 in a future review in MB.