ALTHOUGH IT'S TAKEN me several years to accept the presence of earbuds on pedestrians, I'm often budded to my mobile phone while walking. Now I've discovered I can walk and text without tapping a screen.
Inside the Nokia Lumia 800 is a very clever voice recognition capability. I've used it to respond to text messages while walking around Dublin. I had to tap the screen to activate the "reply" function of the SMS message and then tap the little microphone icon but beyond that, it was simple to walk, talk and text simultaneously. My American accent has resulted in only a few mistakes. When I say "Ruth" (my wife's name) the phone wants to insert the abbreviation "re:" and that just means some of the texts I send home have become more formal when I start them with my wife's name.
I use the micbud when talking to text and that seems to be better than using the phone's on-board mic for voice recognition. That's probably because the micbud cancels out traffic noise and optimises its use for the human voice.
I didn't expect to find this little voice recognition feature on the Nokia Lumia. It's one of those lilttle things that makes the new handset more personable.
Photo of my Lumia 800 open to the names of 6340 people in the address book.