Mobile phones stopped simply being telephones long ago, and have become genuine pocket supercomputers. Still, most of us continue to use them, on the whole, for communication needs. OK, so the methods of communication have diversified (what with instant messaging, social networks, email, etc.) but these features are only a small part of what our mobiles can do for us.
At Appszoom we try, week after week, to explain how we can get the most out of our devices by using apps. Today's spotlight is on the scanning function. Your smartphone's camera can be used as a scanner which will, no doubt, come in handy once you know how to use it.
How many different scanning apps do you know of? Still thinking? Just keep reading and I'm sure you'll find out something new.
The first type of scanning that comes to mind is obviously document scanning. CamScanner by IntSig allows you to you scan text or graphic documents using your smartphone's rear camera. The app has a bunch of cool of features for improving the quality of the photo (like Autodetect and Autocrop), converting it into other formats (such as PDF), creating documents with multiple pages and then sharing them however you deem fit (via Dropbox, Google Drive, e-mail or any other app installed on your device).
There are times when we need more than just a photographic copy of a document; for example, business cards. When it comes to them, we could do with more than a simple picture of the card. It would be so much more useful if we could extract the info from the card and save it in our planner or in our contact lists. And that is exactly what CamCard by INTSIG does.
You just have to take a picture of the card from your mobile phone and a template will automatically be filled out with the data. You can then save it and synchronize it with your Gmail and LinkedIn accounts. And you can even create your own QR-code business card and forget about that thing called paper once and for all.
Word Lens by Quest Visual, Inc. turns your smartphone's rear camera into a real-time translator; just point it at anything you want to translate (such as billboards, traffic signs, posters, magazines, etc.) and it does the rest for you. This is a must-have for when you travel to far flung places where you don't know the local lingo. You won't ever have to choose from a menu and hope for the best again!
Scans and finds bargains: RedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner
There loads and loads of barcode and QR code scanners for Android. But RedLaser by Ebay Mobile manages to give us that little something extra. It searches for the lowest prices online and in lots of stores too (only those that use Google Product Search, eBay, Shopping.com and other similar web services). So, apart from scanning products and reading their basic info, you can also compare prices and end up finding great deals both online and in actual shops near you.
And not only that; RedLaser scans bar codes and then gives us nutritional data, allergy warnings, and other info about the product from specialized websites.