There was huge excitement in our house this Christmas Eve when a Nokia N8 smartphone arrived all the way from New York. We were sent it, free of charge, to test out Own Voice – their Ovi Maps voice personalization tool. Basically it means you can record your own voice, download it onto Ovi Maps and use your phone as a Sat-Nav.
I’ve never owned a smartphone before and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d be up to the task of testing Own Voice, but it turned out to be surprisingly easy. It was agreed that my own voice giving out directions on a long car journey or even walking to the shops would prove highly annoying, not by me I hasten to add but by the rest of the family.
So in the end we used IJ’s voice. She had great fun recording all the different words and phrases. It only took a couple of minutes and then we tested it out on a number of journeys over the New Year. We thought it was great. The sound of a seven-year-old telling my dad to ‘observe the speed limit’ was priceless.
You can record as many voice packs as you like or choose from the selection available, which includes everything from a distinguished lady to Borat.
I have to admit I am a little bit in love with the phone. It travels with me everywhere and is second in my affections only to my daughter. My family, who have seen me flashing it around over the past few weeks, will vouch for this.
The Own Voice app is an added bonus and we highly recommend it.