Worldictionary – Instant Translation and Search App [Review]
We’ve seen many translation apps in the Apple App Store before but I haven’t seen one capable of instant translation — until now.
The Worldictionary – Instant Translation and Search app does what Google Translate, iTranslate and other translation apps do — only better. Way better.
What makes this a remarkable app is how instantly it can translate words for you through a smart “recognition” technology known as OCR (optical character recognition).
How does it work?
It “reads” letters/characters/words real-time as your “pointer” hovers on them, then it searches robust networks available (internet, Google, Bing, YouTube) and gives you instant feedback/translation.
This eliminates the need to type in the words thus saving you time.
It can also do full sentence translations. Just select/highlight the first and last words of a sentence and you’ll get the full translation. It’s one thing to translate words one by one but it’s even better if a complete thought is translated.
App Test Drive
1. Stability – No hangs or crashes encountered the whole time I was testing the app. I find it very responsive for an OCR/scan-based app.
2. Usability – Familiarity with the app is a requirement if you intend you make full use of it. While there are tips that display once you open the app, I think a first-time user will still find it a little confusing. But as with most things, practice makes perfect. All it takes is a little extra effort to learn it.
I suggest you explore the app as much as you can to acquaint yourself with how powerful this app actually is. Reading the Help section is a must. Otherwise, you will remain oblivious about app’s full potential.
I’ve tried using it on my D-Link User’s Manual and it’s been remarkably accurate and fast.
Check-out below photos of my test:
See that full Chinese sentence below. There’s no way I would’ve been able to type it in for translation. But of course, that’s not a problem if you have the Worldictionary app. :)
This app supports most languages (“translate to”).
3. Design – The interface is pretty. The magnifying glass design is very appealing for a translation app. The helpful tips that display when you open the app is subtle and makes the app intuitive.
4. Performance – I am very happy with the performance of this app. In fact, I find it very impressive. It works seamlessly from start to finish and it’s incredibly fast, even when it’s searching the web.
5. Price – It’s currently priced at $7.99 on the App Store. And it’s an amount worth parting with if you’re a frequent traveller, an adventurous consumer or a simply a language junkie. But even if you do none of these things, I’m pretty sure you’ll find it very useful for just about anything that involves communication.
6. Verdict – (4/5 stars ) This app is certified App-laudable!
This is how smartphone translation apps should be. Smart. Fast. Pretty. And yes, in that order.
This is NOT A PAID POST. A promo/redeem code was provided to RJMarmol.com to download particular app for review purposes.