Price: $ 4.99
Ruby Translator iPhone App Video Review
Do u evr get txts like this n wonder what in the world they r saying? Or do you have the opposite problem: Are you constantly sending texts in heavy shorthand, and have problems communicating with those a little less text-savvy? No matter what your predicament, Ruby Translator by developer RIP is your quick iPhone fix. The app’s translator functionality is top-notch, even if the price of entry is a bit high, making it the perfect texting companion for iOS.
Concept and Functionality
Youths these days! Always coming up with clever shorthand lingo to befuddle and annoy the rest of us. Ruby Translator wants to help bridge the gap between the tech-inclined and the more ludite among us. The app allows users to enter regular text that can be translated with a press of a button into hipper texting speak. Likewise, those who already know the language of the street texter can enter phrases as they usually do, and get a cleaned-up, grammatical version in return.
It’s a unique concept, and for the most part, Ruby Translator does just what it says it will. I ran the app through a gauntlet of popular texting phrases, and it consistently returned a more standard English translation. Going the opposite direction (basic English to the not-so-standard derivative) was just as easy, and proved equally as comprehensive. Ruby Translator lacked a few dictionary items I though rather obvious (laughing out loud is forever spelled as-is, instead of using “lol”) but the app makes up for these omissions with custom dictionary creation.
Users are free to add words or phrases as they see fit, but if you’re less of a hands-on kind of person, the app comes with a truly frightening number of languages. Ruby Translator currently supports everything from German to Hindi, with several more offerings in-between. This means the app fully recognizes texting as a global village affair, making it one of the more versatile translators in the App Store.
Design and Layout
Ruby Translator features a host of settings, including the option to change the look of the app, the dictionary used, and the formatting of dates. I did find the app’s interface a bit hard to manage, as all the extra features are tucked underneath less than intuitive menu items. For example, the app’s note-enabled calendar function is hidden underneath the share button, an arrangement I found less than optimal. In fact, Ruby Translator would benefit greatly from a more traditional, tab-based interface.
Clocking in at a whopping $4.99 in the App Store, Ruby Translator is more of a need-based app than a novelty. If you’re constantly confronted by confusing texts, the app might just simplify your life. However, with such a high price of entry, it might not tickle your fancy so much if you’re already tech-savvy.
Ruby Translator requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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