Simple and attractive UI; Supports 32 languages; Reliable voice recognition backed up by technology from speech recognition company Nuance; Doesn't get in the way of interaction between two people;
Spoken translations can sound a bit robotic; Only works over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection
SayHi Translate makes it simple for iPhone owners to have a conversation with those who speak other languages, offering an attractive UI and reliable voice recognition.
The spare and straightforward interface makes this app appealing. Along the top edge sits an icon-based toolbar for starring a favorite language, providing quick help, selecting a phrase from the conversation or adjusting the volume and settings. Toward the bottom, two big buttons are plainly labeled with the two languages intended for translating phrases back and forth.
A Spanish-speaking friend then tapped on the button marked with his language and uttered, "¿Dónde está la biblioteca?" SayHi processed his speech and dictated it back in English out loud: "Where is the library?" The entire exchange was fast, accurate and didn't require us to hunch over our smartphones, tapping out messages character by character. Sadly, the app only works over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
Priced at only $0.99, SayHi Translate's strongest selling point is its spare, but aesthetically pleasing interface, which really encourages interaction between two people while staying out of your way. Fire it up, tap and speak to translate, and the app talks back in the language your friend or business partner understands. It doesn't get any simpler than that.