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Talkman Review

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One day every traveller will have something like this only it will work better

★★★★★

Marketed as a translation tool that turns your PSP into a Hitchhiker’s Guide-style Babel fish — allowing you to communicate in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese — TalkMan is an ambitious and potentially essential application for Sony’s handheld. But while it goes a long way to achieving its aims, the finished product isn’t quite as revolutionary as it claims to be.
Speaking into the supplied microphone is fraught with problems, and unless your voice has a Yankee twang, you’ll probably have to repeat certain phrases several times before TalkMan understands what you’re saying.

The excruciating loading times also make it hard to use this application spontaneously, and the brassy, squawking blue bird that acts as a bridge between you and your foreign companion is just plain stupid.