Scan: QR Code Scanning at its Best

Price: Free

Scan: iPhone App Video Review

SCAN for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

When it comes to mobile platforms and smartphones, one of the coolest inventions of the last fifteen years is the QR code. The tiny little black and white utility has made information sharing so much easier, and has advanced everything from text communication right up to website sharing. However, if you haven’t got a good reader for your phone, you may find yourself out of luck where QR scanning is concerned. With that in mind, may we now introduce to you Scan by developer QR Code City. The app is the quickest, most user-friendly QR scanner we’ve seen almost anywhere, on any platform. So, without any further hesitation, jump on down below the break to see our whole thought on the killer mobile addition for iPhone.

Concept and Functionality

If you haven’t guessed by now, Scan is, of course, a QR code scanner for the iPhone. However, it’s not quite like any other scanner we’ve ever reviewed before. For instance, the app shirks all of the usual frills and fancy items we tend to see in these applications. Instead, it keeps things simple and efficient, from scanning all the way up to saving your data. For example, there’s no shooting option: Instead, you simply load the scanning tab, and then point your phone at the code you’re looking to read. The rest is done by Scan, which automatically reads the code and produces the content. No matter if this is a text item or a website link, Scan boots it up automatically for your easy viewing. It’s quick, painless, and best of all, automatically saved in your history tab. This means you can, at any point in time, go back and visit the content you’ve captured. All of this can even be saved on the app’s website for desktop use later down the road. All in all, Scan has got to be the simplest and best QR code reader we have ever been introduced to.

Design and Layout

SCAN for iPhone

SCAN for iPhone

As stated, we really do love the simple design and feel of the Scan app. The interface could not be easier to look at, and we loved the basic aiming reticle at the home screen. This will turn green when a code is being read, which makes it incredibly easy to know if “it’s working.” The in-app browser isn’t bad either: We certainly wouldn’t use it over Mobile Safari, but for rendering QR code content (this includes social networking profiles and contact pages) it works like a champ.

Overall Value

Think about it this way: Scan is completely free in the App Store. Yes, there’s absolutely no charge to use this thing. If that’s not a reason enough to ditch whatever you’re currently using, we haven’t got a clue what is. By all means, trust us and download Scan. You won’t regret it for a hot minute.

SCANScan requires iOS 4.0 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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