If you’re looking for an app to show off your fancy new iPhone to your friends then add Voices by TapTapTap to your lineup. While not overly exciting, Voices is definitely entertaining and is a lot more fun when there’s more than one person around.
If you haven’t guessed yet, Voices takes your voice and alteres it into one of 17 different sounding voices. So, now’s your chance to be Darth Vader (“dark side” voice) and say those famous words: “Luke, I am your father!” Or if you grew up listenning to the Chipmunks then now you can be just like them too. There’s also a fan alteration (who hasn’t spoke into a fan?), canyon (gives you an echo) and even reverse.
The app is extremely well polished. The interface is beautiful and when you go to record your voice for transformation there’s even the sound of a throat clearing before you speak. Your recordings are saved, if you choose to keep them, for later playback.
Truth be told there’s really not much more to say about this app. Transformations worked well, although some of them could be a little better done. One complaint is that it doesn’t have a lot of replay appeal. Once we messed with it for a bit trying all the transformations then what more is there to do? I will say, however, that my 5 year old thinks its great – so this may be a better target audience then you and your buddies. Another complaint I have with Voices is that you can’t record your voice, then hear or try the same recording on all of the transformations. In other words, you record once and it’s good only for the transformation that you recorded it under. (To clarify, if you select Cyborg, then it comes up with the mic, you then speak into the device and touch the stop button when done. The app then transforms it into the cyborg sound and you can choose to save it then).
Don’t get your hopes up too high and Voices will not let you down. I was slightly disappointed in the quality of the transformations however, if you can get past this and see it for what it is (entertaining) then I can recommend it.
What we liked: The idea is great, interface is awesome.
What we didn’t like: Some transformations need help, limited replay appeal, inability to record your voice once and transform it into any of the different styles.
One of the most common types of apps in the App Store are calculators. So when I decided to review Convert by TapTapTap I wasn’t sure it would be worth my time or not. The app, at time of review, was on sale for $0.99 and so at that price most people that need a convert calculator will just buy one of the many already there. Why shop around, right? Wrong.
Convert by TapTapTap does bring one thing to the table that most other apps like it do not: Excellent User Interface. Don’t let the scroll wheels fool you (we know how much iPhone users love the scroll wheel UI elements of the phone – not!). Well, TapTapTap has significantly improved upon the existing scroll wheel of the basic iPhone UI element. With additional animations and a unique magnify look of the selected values makes using the scroll wheels on Convert kinda fun and cool! (check out the design evolution video below).
The number pad of Convert is done with a more traditional calculator look, much like you’d find with the built-in calculator of the iPhone or iPod Touch. If you’re wondering, the star key in the bottom left is to reset the calculator.
One thing we didn’t like: even though the app does convert currencies it does not convert very many of them. So you’ll want to make sure that the currency you’d likely be using is supported before buying. All of the major currencies are there but we have seen complaints of others that indicated that the app was missing a currency. In looking at the currency list, it is rather short.
Convert by TapTapTap is a refreshing new UI on an old favorite of an app. If you’re looking for a simple, easy to use converting calculator then take a look at Convert. However, if you need to convert a lot of currencies then I’d look elsewhere.