Is Voice Recognitin ready for Prime Time?

The New York Times technology guy gave Naturally Speaking 9.0 a rave review. No training at all, you can talk at normal speed, and error rate of under 1%.

So I looked around, NS 9.0 is not yet available (unless you write for the Times). Still I suppose it will be out soon. Anyone out there got it?

More generally, is voice recognition actually useful now What do you use it for?

I see my choices are iListen for Mac (I will soon buy a new iMac) or NS 9.0 when it become available to run under Windows. But each comes in a confusing number of flavors, basic, pro, deluxe. It is not obvious to me what the difference is for each edition. The articles are not clear on this point.

Your thoughts?