Your Next Smartphone Purchase: A VO Necessity?

lgg2My long-stated opinion about social media?  You can’t do it right without a smartphone…and now there are all-new reasons to own one of the new crop of smartphones.

I don’t care if you like iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, or Blackberry….just make sure it’s equipped to handle tweets, FaceBook, texts, and… a microphone?

So advanced are today’s smartphone devices, that they CAN be relied-upon for a quick audition, or even some dedicated voice-work that doesn’t require any steep production values…like IVR, some website narrations, maybe an explainer video or possibly some E-Learning.

While “on the road”, most of us have been able to make cogent excuses to our clients that if they could hold on for just a couple of hours for your mobile set-up recording, it’d be worth the wait.  But lately, the smartphone is capable of BEING your mobile set-up.  Which leaves as the only consideration:  your recording

Think I’m overstating my case?  Then maybe you haven’t seen the latest Smartphones.

While dedicated iPhone fans sit around waiting for Cupertino’s latest offering in this realm, new and vastly-improved Android-based phones are coming out of the woodwork.

Samsung Galaxy IV
Google’s new Motorola Moto-X
Samsung Note 3

Here’s a wonderful comparison summary of the new Android phones on Gigaom.

ALL these devices, plus the HTC, and even the Windows phone are just killing it, while all we hear about the next iPhone is a lot of rumour.

iphone-jI’m using the venerable iPhone 4, but by the end of the year — mark my words — I’ll have a new smartphone. And even though I’m absolutely deep into the IOS world of apps and capabilities, I gotta admit, Android is looking pretty good.  Most every industry-watcher is reporting that Android has stolen the lion’s share of the smartphone market away from Apple.

Add to that the wonderful new apps USB Audio Recorder Pro, and it’s partner, Audio Evolution Mobile for Android make a considerable leap forward for quality mobile recording on the Android OS.  See my blog for an audio comparison Android mobile vs. home studio.

Having said all that, there is NO WAY the smart folks at Apple are just going to roll over.

Here’s a great article that summarizes a lot of the probable features of the new iPhone.
And another.

Either way…we’re winners in VO with all these incredible smartphone offerings!

What are you gonna get?





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  1. says

    Agreed, Dave.

    Smartphones have come a long way, haven’t they?

    You’re always on the cutting edge!

    I’ve been an Android user for a while, but I can see advantages to both platforms.

    Will be cool to hear what you think when you switch over…

  2. says

    There are apps on my iPhone that allow me to record, but there’s no way for me to attach an audio file to an email, or upload it via any P2P sites.

    And with the ever increasing need to be responsive,
    it’s hard to do so when you’re on the run with limited resources….

    Thanks, Dave.
    Keep the info flowing!

    • says

      Au contraire, mon cherie, has its own app that lets you record and send.
      Not sure about V123 or others, but most of the recording/editing apps now let you send to DropBox or FTP, and from there you can send or attach.

      There are always work-arounds!

      Thanks for stopping by, Deb….always good hearing from you!

      Dave C

  3. Amy Carter says

    Hi Dave, thank you for the great techie articles! I am very new and I’m pretty good with Audacity on my laptop… my question for you is – what do you need the Audio Recorder PRO on the Android for, if the Audio Evolution Mobile is all you used in your comparison post?

    The comparison was AMAZING, by the way, as I am pretty sure that home studio setup was very spendy, and here you’re working with a 6 dollar app, $200 for a USB microphone, and another 4 bucks for the little connector. Am I understanding that correctly? Couldn’t you just record into Audio Evolution Mobile, dropbox it, and then edit on your PC?


    • says

      Hi Amy,

      I think the USB Audio Recorder Pro is more for a quick recording that doesn’t necessarily require editing… but I could be wrong about the difference between that and Audio Evolution.

      Certainly, both are quality tablet recorders.

      As for the quality of the comparison I presented in the article, those with better ears than yours or mine tell me they can discern a clear difference in the quality of the recordings.

      Still, the point is that the difference will be lost on some clients who will say the portable recording sounds fine to THEM! Yes, you’re right in your assessment of my costs…but you should really see how wonderful the editor is in the Audio Evolution Mobile app before you hassle with uploading to DropBox and editing on your PC… it’s very full-featured.

      Thanks for your comments, Amy!

      Dave Courvoisier

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