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Review: Plantronics Voyager Pro HD, Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth Headset – Bonnie Cha – Product Reviews – AllThingsD

Review: Plantronics Voyager Pro HD, Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth Headset – Bonnie Cha – Product Reviews – AllThingsD.

Sorry to see you go, Jott

We were surprised by the news this week that Jott was to close its service, effective from May 3rd. Dial2Do and Jott are often mentioned alongside each other as being “in the same space” (as the analysts like to say :-)), although both companies really focused on slightly different things. Jott concentrated on speech as a core UI for productivity tasks, while Dial2Do has focused on the Handsfree experience: making it as easy as possible to get what you want to get done, handsfree.

We’ve tracked Jott’s progress from startup through to acquisition two years ago by the “Big Gorilla” of the Speech Universe : Nuance. It looks like the plan is to focus their energies on their carrier channel, and end the consumer facing Jott.com service.

So what’s a Jott user to do? Or should I say, 2DO ?? 🙂

Well – Dial2Do makes a great replacement for Jott. If you haven’t had a chance to try it out –  you can head straight to Dial2Do and get started for free! Many Jott folks were especially keen on reminders – which is included in the DialDo Basic plan for just $25 a year.

Jottsters might also choose to use Dial2Do bundled by one of our partners:

  • Voice2Note: if you’re one of the 5M+ Evernote Users – you can have your Evernote Voice Notes converted to text by Voice2Note
  • Jabra: You can get the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant with any of the Jabra headsets from the Jabra App Store
  • JawBone : Add the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant to your Jawbone Headset in the Jawbone MyTalk zone.
  • Plantronics: Buy a Plantronics headset and get Vocalyst free (powered by Dial2Do)! Reminders, email and much much more!
  • SuperTooth: Have just announced the SuperTooth Handsfree Assistant (powered by Dial2Do) – about to hit the stores soon – details here.
  • DriveNTalk: Offers Dial2Do Handfree Assistant bundled with their Car Kits

And of course – you can always go straight to Dial2Do and try the Handsfree Assistant. It works on any phone, it’s live in lots of countries worldwide, and it’s free to get started! Plus, our apps are available free on Blackberry and Android today. Try it now.

Plantronics launches Vocalyst

Today, cloud based voice services took another big step forward with the announcement by Plantronics of a new service called ‘Vocalyst’.   Vocalyst is a cloud based voice service that comes bundled with two new headsets (also announced today) in the Plantronics range.

First up is the  Savor M1100 which comes with a dedicated voice button – you just tap the button and say “call vocalyst” – and you’re through to the service.

Savor M1100

Likewise, the new Voyager PRO+, lets users invoke the service by just triple-tapping a button on the headset.

Voyager PRO+

Now instead of just making and taking calls, users of the Plantronics Savor M1100 and Voyager PRO+  can do several things “out of the box” with Vocalyst:

  • Send and listen to emails
  • Record and listen to reminders
  • Post messages to Twitter and listen to their Twitter streams
  • Update Evernote
  • Listen to the news, finance, sports and weather reports
  • An optional upgrade allows users to send text messages, use a range of 3rd party services and have their messages converted from voice to text.

Plantronics are offering Vocalyst Basic edition bundled free for one year with the Savor M100 and Voyager PRO+ in the US.  Both the Savor M1100 and the Voyager Pro+ will retail at $99.99 and will be available in October in the US.

Vocalyst works with any phone – users activate the 1 year included service at www.plantronics.com/vocalyst.

Plantronics Vocalyst

As an extra bonus to help combat distracted driving, Blackberry and Android users can download  apps that will read out text messages to you while you drive, and auto-respond with a custom message.

Vocalyst Smartphone App

The Plantronics Vocalyst service is powered by Dial2Do.

Full release here