Business Card Scanner – Contact Snapper: Written iPhone App Review
When we’re not busy writing iPhone app reviews, we like to moonlight as graphic designers. This means a lot of things, but in this instance, it primarily means we wind up with a lot of business cards as we network with clients. Thankfully, we now have a quick, efficient, and incredibly simple way to make new contacts using nothing but our iPhone’s camera. It’s called Business Card Scanner – Contact Snapper, and if you’re looking for our full review, you’ll find it tucked away below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
The basic idea behind Business Card Scanner looks something like this: If you’re like us, and get a whole lot of cards on a daily basis, you likely get tired of looking at each in turn and adding the information contained as a new contact. Thankfully, the app greatly simplifies this process. Using complex algorithms, you can simply point your phone at the card, snap a photo, and then Contact Snapper will do the leg work.
The app automagically takes the information it sees—including phone numbers, names, addresses, emails, social media, etc.—and then dumps it all into a new contact for you. It works like a champ, too. You will of course have the option to modify the data the app receives. You can also do the same using an email signature, which is phenomenally efficient. Add this to LinkedIn integration, as well as manageable groups within the application, and you’ve got one seriously good (time-saving) utility resting in your pocket.
Graphics and Design
Of course, all of this would be pretty useless if the app didn’t look good, or if it didn’t perform well. Thankfully, neither is the case with Contact Snapper. The app worked astonishingly well, in fact. It managed to snag data from just about any card we shoved at it, and we shoved a lot of cards in its direction. Furthermore, the process itself has been cleverly designed to take as little as two taps. This makes it phenomenally efficient if you’re out and about at a conference, and want to avoid collecting the typical wall of cards. Lastly, the apps integration with the iPhone itself is ace, and very much appreciated. All in all, this adds up to a seriously good package, and one that’s light on its feed, too.
At the end of the day, Contact Snapper’s biggest problem is actually its pricing. The app is free to try, but you’ll have to use one of its various subscription/feature based in-app unlocks to continue use. These plans aren’t the best-priced we’ve ever seen, but then again, the amount of money saved via time saved here is worth considering. All in all, if Contact Snapper sounds like a winner to you on concept alone, then we can’t help but highly recommend it.
Business Card Scanner – Contact Snapper requires iOS 5.0 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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