First of the BlackBerry apps released as compensation was DriveSafe.ly, which is normally $19.99USD.
Simply put, it reads your messages out for you. Anybody seen Echelon conspiracy? Didn’t you always want an app that will read your text messages out to you into your minuscule bluetooth earphone? Well this is exactly what this app does, you might have to source your own headset (it works without a headset too).
Just not worth it, not even for free. It reads all your messages as they come, and lets you reply by voice. No use to me as firstly I don’t drive, and secondly I really don’t want to be replying to all my messages in public. Who wants to reply to their messages out loud? And having to repeat it a few times while the app decides to put wrong words in? Yea not any of us.
Also its not really good with ‘text speech’. So if your texts, or messages look anything like this:
“Yea if u gt a txt dats typd lyk dis, den it wnt reli read it proprlii init”
it won’t be able to read them. You’ll just hear some gibberish.
Some positives? It supports a lot of different languages. Its powered by iSpeech.org, so somewhat reliable while converting text to speech.
And lastly, I prefer typing my own messages. Everybody has their own style of typing and stuff, and it would just be wrong to have a ‘bot’ type my text for me! It’s just wrong?
So my final verdict, unless you find it hard to read texts or find it hard to work your phone in general, then yea sure go for it. In fact definitely go for it, seeing as its free – compliments of BlackBerry. But if you prefer to type your texts and work your own phone with your own hands, and make sure only what you typed gets sent as messages and that your emails and messages are not read out loud, especially not in front of other people, then this app is just a waste of memory on your phone.