Vlingo 1.1 for BlackBerry Reviewed

Vlingo 1.1 for BlackBerry Pros and Cons

Pros

- Great tutorials and setup make it easy to use.
- Works as advertised: Vlingo really will learn from you over time.
- Allows you to use your BlackBerry in ways you hadn’t before or at least faster than you had before.
- It’s free!
- 1.1 additions: you can reply, reply all and forward messages with Vlingo; punctuation and automatic capitalization have now been added; additional connection options (BIS, BES, Direct TCP) make things faster.

Cons

- Mileage may vary: while Vlingo learned some BBCool staffers’ speech patterns quite quickly, for me it took a bit longer (I mumble). Don’t give up!
- Vlingo has a hard time with names (read: Balsillie, Jim). Sometimes it’s best to compose the message and add the contact by hand.
- You cannot reply or forward messages via voice command, but must instead use a menu option within messenger.
- You cannot compose an sms or email for multiple people.
- You can send messages via your default mail account only.
- No BlackBerry Messenger support.
- No SureType support.
- Doesn’t quite work on the BlackBerry Bold. Of course, Vlingo doesn’t officially support OS 4.6 yet, but I’m greedy.
- No Bluetooth headset support.

8 Responses to “Vlingo 1.1 for BlackBerry Reviewed”


  1. 1 Peter

    What is Vlingo’s business model? You don’t run an app that records and transcribes your voice on a remote server without having some sort of future business model attached.

  2. 2 BlackBerry Cool

    @Peter,

    That’s a really good question. I know they did the white-label development for Yahoo! OneSearch (http://www.blackberrycool.com/2008/08/yahoo-onesearch-released-to-canada-and-phillipines/), so I would think they’re trying to promote their service as much as possible to get carriers interested.

  3. 3 berry_geek

    Would you get some information on MyCaption? I’ve a BlackBerry Bold, and apparently Mycaption is the only player which offers speech-to-text on Bold.. but i’d rather have your opinion on it before i buy it (by the way i already tried out the free trial and works really well)

  4. 4 Tom

    I have an older blackberry 8703E with the 4.1 operating system. Vlingo software download says it will not work on my model. Can I update this or do I need new hardware?

  5. 5 rf10

    Is this supposed to work on the Storm? I tried and get “Could not record”

  6. 6 Betsy

    I also have the storm and cannot get it to work. I used the 4.6 operating one assuming it was the newest version. I can not get it to record either. Any ideas?

  7. 7 Kevin

    Hey guys I have the storm 9530 and got it to work. I’m running the OS 4.7 which I believe is the latest version. However, when I started to setup Vlingo it asked me to download a 4.6 version update. Also during the setup wizard it had issues with detecting where my finger was but all you have to do is keep your finger on the screen and find what is being highlighted. Once you figure that out it works perfect after setup. One thing you have to be sure is set the permissions to allow pretty much everything. Hope that info helps?

  8. 8 glumpster

    Im using vlingo on my pearl and just love it.there are a few apps you just wouldn’t do without and this app is one of those for me.

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