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Dragon Anywhere review – dictate your documents accurately anywhere on your mobile device

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Dragon Anywhere is an amazing app for mobile professionals or anyone who needs to stay productive on the move and produce documents quickly and accurately.You will quickly discover that talking instead of typing is much faster and even more accurate.

Talking is a lot easier than typing as anyone who’s used Dragon’s products will tell you.Now Nuance, the company behind Dragon, has released Dragon Anywhere, so you can dictate on the move on your iOS or Android device. 

This new mobile dictation solution is powered by the cloud and delivers the same professional productivity features as the Dragon desktop speech recognition software.

We already use Dragon Naturally Speaking on a laptop to “write” our stories for Tech Guide. In fact, most of the stories you read on our website as spoken not typed.

This dramatically increases the speed in which we can produce our content.

Dragon Anywhere offers continuous dictation with no time or document size limits and also allows users to format and edit their documents using their voice.

The app is ideal for field workers, lawyers, public safety officers and any other mobile professional to stay productive on the go just by using their voice to create, edit and complete documents and capture detailed notes.

Users can stay productive no matter where they work takes them.

Dragon Anywhere also syncs across your mobile devices and with your Windows and Mac computers if you are running Dragon on your desktop.

This means users can have a consistent workflow that is accessible from any of their devices with just a single subscription.

Users can customise the app to suit their dictation style and even add custom words which Dragon will remember if you use them again.

This was helpful to us because we are often using brand names and model numbers which we were able to store.

And just like the desktop solutions, Dragon Anywhere will also improve its high level of accuracy as it learns your voice.

The accuracy of the app was really impressive, it’s just as good as the desktop version.

There were a few words it stumbled on including, ironically, the name of the app itself.It would write Dragon Anyway instead of Dragon Anywhere.

But this is far from being a dealbreaker because the accuracy never ceased to amaze us considering the fact we were talking to our phone through the microphone on our earphones.

Using the app without earphones and just relying on the phone’s microphone introduced more outside noise but the accuracy was still high.

Being cloud-based, the app will only work with an Internet connection.

This could be an issue for some users who may not have the best reception but in our use of the app we didn’t have this problem.

This review was written using the app on our iPhone while wearing Airpods to test to see if they would work while wearing earphones.

For us, the app provides a whole new level of convenience whenever we need to write on the move.

Usually we would take out our laptop and do our best to type wherever we are.

Now with Dragon Anywhere, we can put on earphones and dictate quickly and easily what we want to write.

There have been occasions where we’ve typed out stories on our phone but that’s a lot harder without a full-size keyboard.

Being able to dictate instead, with the same power as we would on our laptop with Dragon is a game changer and helps us stay even more productive with a busy schedule.

The app itself works really well and is easy to navigate.

There is also a built-in keyboard if you want to go in and make some edits manually but we are mastering the ability to edit with our voice as well so we barely need to touch the device.

It is also possible to go back and select words and sentences to edit or delete and to underline and bold.

And as you’re talking, Dragon is saving the document as you go automatically so there’s no risk of losing what you’ve already done.

It is easy to export your work to Dropbox and other applications like Word and notetaking apps like Evernote.

You can also share the document directly through email as a Word document.

Dragon Anywhere is a subscription service priced at $22 per month or billed once a year for $220 which is a saving of 17 per cent. At this price it would only suit someone who was going to use it regularly as part of their workflow.

VERDICT

Dragon Anywhere is an amazing app for mobile professionals or anyone who needs to stay productive on the move and produce documents quickly and accurately.You will quickly discover that talking instead of typing is much faster and even more accurate.