Voice recorders comparison

(Edit: iPhone OS 3.0 now has a built-in recorder, but it is really lame.  There is no way to name the file (it is named with a time stamp) and when it syncs to iTunes it creates a mess of your file system, placing recordings in the root of your iTunes music folder.) On the plus side, from the looks of it, quality seems OK, using a 16 bit apple lossless AAC file. My guess is the recording length is limited, though I’m not sure.)

The sheer number of applications available for iPhones on the iTunes App Store is fantastic.  At the same time, the sheer number of options to perform particular tasks can be bewildering.   In terms of voice memo recorders, there are at least a dozen good options!  Which one to use will depend on your needs. Unfortunately for my needs none is yet absolutely perfect.

Here is a quick comparison guide.  I tried iProRecorder, Record, Newpea, IDicto, Evernote, and Jott.  Comments on EccoNote & QuickVoice are based on App Store reviews and support pages.  I planned to get to Voice Record, SpeakEasy, and Plum, but ran out of time, so boxes are partial for those.

Feature iProRecorder Record Recorder Newpea Audio Recorder iDicto Recorder EccoNote QuickVoice Voice Record SpeakEasy Plum Evernote Jott
Price $0.99 $1.99 $0.99 $9.99 $0.99 Free Free $1.99 $1.99 $0.99 Free Free
Appearance 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 5 4 4
Intuitive 2 4 4 5 5 5
Format wav compressed IMA4 AIFF AIFF mp3, mp4 AIFF, CAF ? no info! ? ? ? ? ?
Quality LQ/MQ/HQ ? (compressed IMA4 AIFF) high (44.1k) & low (?) 32-128 kbps, 8K-44.1K 8K-44.1K ? reviews say no hiqual setting ? 8K-44.1K ? ? ?
stereo no no no no no no no no no no no no
Sync no wifi export via desktop client no no no no with paid desktop client ($15-$20) ? see export ? hosted web site hosted web site
Export LAN web server or email email (max 5 min) LAN web server or email (short) only jailbroken LAN web server or email FTP to server or email (pro version) ditto ? to iTunes with free desktop client; requires working iTunes backup ?
Organize Files Yes into folders ? no sorting ? ? Voice Record ? Plum into notebooks no
Auto-name no date; rename akw. Memo #; rename akw. date ? ? ? ? ? ? no yes
Jog Wheel yes no no no no no no no no no no no
Variable playback speed yes no no no no no no no no no no no
mic gain no no no yes no no no no no no no no
Unlimited Length yes ? yes yes yes ? ? ? ? ? no no
Other records when phone locked uses icons for categories; sorting possible scant info provided web site limited free storage transcription

Notes:

• in addition to these, there are still several others

• comments refer to versions as of 11/9/2008.  it is unlikely I will update this.

Recommendations:

iProRecorder gives the most bang for the buck, but can be a bit unintuitive.  Unfortunately the file format is WAV (!).  Suitable for voice recordings and transcriptions.

Audio Recorder is the only one to support MP3/MP4 with a high sample rate (44.1K) — to maximize on file size.  But it’s expensive and really requires a jailbroken phone to get recordings off it.

Evernote & Jott are suitable for quick memos with web sync, but not for long interviews etc.

So far I have yet to find something perfect — high quality compressed or uncompressed files, easy to organize with auto-naming, easy to get off the phone (preferably with true sync), great appearance, unlimited file size, and cheap (free – $1.99).

Edit: I’ve since settled on Voxie Pro Recorder, which I did not even fully review above.  It meets most of the above criteria and costs $1.99. It allows for sample rates of 8, 11, 22, and 44 kHZ. It has an express record mode, easy naming, and a slick interface.

Please feel free to state your case in the comments or make corrections.

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