Please suggest responsive voices on iPhone

iOS and iPadOS

I have recently bought an iPhone SE and find most of the voices are not responsive enough to understand the pronunciation when speed is kept 70+.
I regularly use Eloquence on Android and PC.
I tried with most of the voices. They are really good when the speed is less than 50, but I am finding it difficult to understand the pronunciation when kept to 70 or 75.



Submitted by That Blind Canuck on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Most people I know say that Samantha sounds like she smokes 20 packs a day, but I've stuck with her over the years and, although I've tried many voices, I always find myself going back to her.

She seems to do well with high speech rates and, the gbest part, you don't need to download her voice.

Submitted by Siobhan on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Keep in mind, you can change rponunciation of things. I haven't done so, but I know it's possible. It's all what you decide for yourself. Personally I'd love to get rid of Samantha, Fredm and all the others I don't use. That goes for the Mac too but that's another story.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tom works well. Also Siri male.

Submitted by Chris Hill on Thursday, October 22, 2020

I'm running Tom at 90% and he sounds fine. Of course, I use the same thing with Jaws on my PC and have done so for a few years, so that probably has something to do with it. One thing I do, which helps, is to keep the speech volume below about 80%, much above that and it doesn't sound as good.

Submitted by Brad on Thursday, October 22, 2020

this is a bit off topic but I wish applevis would get rid of the subject line. It's hard to come up with subjects when you want to write one or two word answers.

Submitted by kool_turk on Friday, October 23, 2020

I never did care much about speech rate, but that's just me.

On iOS, I use Fred at the rate of 50 because it actually uses inflection when it incounters things like a full stop or an exclamation mark.

Plus, I prefer a robotic sounding synthesizer.

On the windows side, I use to use eloquence, but now that NVDA has inflection with eSpeak, I've been using that for a few years now.

I use the Robert varient for the curious, speech rate set to 50 and the inflection set all the way up to 100.

Submitted by Vsevolod Popov on Friday, October 23, 2020

I use Alex at hte rate of 60 because English isn't my native language. For my native language which is russian I use it at the rate of 80. Also if I use ava I use the rate at 70%.

Submitted by roman on Friday, October 23, 2020

Hello everyone.I priffer Alex voice if I want to use my phone fast. but I love the femail voices more.

Submitted by Curtis Chong on Friday, October 23, 2020

Greetings. For me, Alex has been the most responsive, especially if I want to do Braille Screen Input with character echoing turned on.

Submitted by Brad on Saturday, October 24, 2020

I'd be shocked in a good way if it would last another 10 years but I'd probably still use it even if the most human snappyest voice came out. I like new symts but the voices just don't sound right to me.

Submitted by Becca on Saturday, October 24, 2020

In reply to by That Blind Canuck

I agree withSamantha. In the past, I’ve tried many voices but always seem to go back to Samantha.

I can understand you because I'm like that too with elequents.
though I know if elequents wil no-longer be an option or if apple does some work on mac and I buy it.. because I want to use it once :) I'll use Siri female but elequents? I love it a lot.
probably because ever since I learnt computer I have been using it. NVDA kind of ditched the support after an update but I was lucky to get IBM TTS from BHP so I'm using elequents.

Submitted by Jenna Pepper on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Club AppleVis Member

In my opinion, Samantha is the least worst on the iPhone. I routinely keep her at 90+. I prefer Alex on the Mac, but he kinda sucks on iPhone. None of them are good. If I had my way, I'd probably be using Microsoft David or Eloquence.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Alex for me. I tried using Tom and Samantha, but I found that whenever I would use BSI the voices would lag, so I went right back to Alex.