ScanLife: The All-in-One Scanner


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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

This is going to sound like an infommercial, but here we go: Do you have two different applications for scanning QR Codes and scanning barcodes to check for prices online? If so, then you might want to look into ScanLife, from Scanbuy, Inc.

The application is in a select genre that attempts to combine the two fields, allowing you to perform both actions from a single interface.

It works well enough, and if you’re in the market, ScanLife is a solid option. However, it isn’t without its flaws. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break. Staring with:

Concept and Functionality

As stated, the idea behind ScanLife is simple, if noble. The application wants to help you get the most out of your scanning, combining both QR Codes and bar codes into one handy utility.

To explain the latter, if you’ve not encountered it before, ScanLife allows users to scan products on the shelves to compare local prices with online rates.

This is a handy way to shop, and we’re happy to admit that we do it regularly ourselves. ScanLife also provides an interesting incentive: If you scan items and perform other tasks within the app, you earn points. These points can be redeemed for real gift cards for stores like Walmart, BestBuy,, and many more.

It’s a unique twist, and if you’re a frequent scanner, it may very well pay-off in your favor. For everyone else, though, we wonder if ScanLife might be a bit too much. Often, we scan QR Codes at outdoor events. Usually, we don’t want a lot of fuss in these situations. The same goes for shopping, in fact.

Though ScanLife offers a fuller experience, this may not be ideal for everyone.

Design and Interface

ScanLife for iPhone

ScanLife for iPhone

This is also where ScanLife loses some major points. In terms of user experience, ScanLife is not the most well-designed application we’ve ever seen—and for one specific reason. The application will pester you (constantly) to sign-up for an account, or to rate it on the iTunes App Store. These notifications do not stop, and will eventually drive you crazy.

Aside form this, what you’ll find here with ScanLife is a very well-designed application. It’s good looking, minimalistic, and simple to navigate. All of these work in its favor, but until the harassment is abated, we think it will be quite an uncomfortable experience.

Overall Value

That being said, it’s hard to ignore the value in ScanLife. The application is totally free in the iTunes App Store, and if you’re looking for a more advanced way to scan QR Codes and barcodes (especially in the same utility) then it doesn’t get any easier. For this convenience, we’re going to give ScanLife a solid three and a half stars.

ScanLifeScanLife requires iOS 6.0 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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