Text'nDrive is great in theory, but it doesn't quite pan out the way we'd hoped.
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The best part about Text’nDrive is what you might imagine: It makes driving a whole lot safer by taking away the impulse to read emails as they flow into your inbox. Instead, Text’nDrive will read them for you in a sort of digitized computer voice, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road while still getting all the information you might need as it becomes available. But there are some drawbacks — specifically that it doesn’t work with texting, only email.
In addition to being unfortunately named, Text’nDrive doesn’t really allow you to create any texts while driving. All the free version does is let you listen to emails; it takes an upgrade to the full version to actually dictate emails while driving. That upgrade isn’t cheap, either — it will cost you $9.99 to bump up to the pro version. And the free version of Text’nDrive doesn’t let you forget about the need for an upgrade, either. All in all, it’s a nice idea, but Text’nDrive is lacking key features, and its cost might outweigh its value.
Reviewed: May 23, 2011 | Phil Hornshaw