Excerpt: Following hardware add-ons for the PlayStation 2, including buzzers and cameras, Sony is now offering USB peripherals for the PlayStation Portable. The silver microphone included with Talkman lets you use the console as a basic translator between English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese. The game also includes tutorials to help you learn each of the languages, plus a number of other useful tools, such as a currency converter and a world clock.
Pros: Useful traveling tool, Acts as both a translation tool and language tutor, Excellent value compared to phrase books, Easy to use in real situations
Cons: Loading times can ruin conversational spontaneity, Translation tool requires you to be in the correct scenario, Phrases are limited in situations such as the restaurant
Excerpt: In the beginning there was Walkman: a cultural cornerstone. Then there was Discman: a cultural concession. Then there was Walkman again, this time in MP3 flavor and on cell phones: a marketing inevitability. And now there's TalkMan : a cultural pun. Perhaps that's unfair, but in truth, Sony will have a hard time convincing people that this foreign language aid will be as essential a travel companion to them as their iPod, their Nintendogs or, presumably, their foreign...
Excerpt: TalkMan is a revolutionary language entertainment tool that shows how versatile the PSP really is. TalkMan enables the user to familarise themselves with six different foreign languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Whether you are travelling on business, studying abroad or simply just on holiday, TalkMan is the perfect aid to overcome the language barrier. To use the TalkMan, there is a special microphone which comes bundled with the package.
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: Hilfe, meine PSP spricht! Mit â€™Talkmanâ€™ wird Sonys Handheld zu einem virtuellen Dolmetscher, der Fremdsprachen-Konversationen zum Kinderspiel machen soll. Weshalb das nur in der Theorie so richtig Ã¼berzeugend klingt, erfahrt ihr im Review.
Pros: witzige PrÃ¤sentation, gutes Konzept â€¦
Cons: â€¦ mit unbefriedigender AusfÃ¼hrung, wenig Modi, mangelhafte Spracherkennung, nervige Ladepausen