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ScanLife

Posted August 25, 2008 8:08pm

APPOLICIOUS ADVISOR RATING:

1 of 5 bars
  • PRICE: Free
  • EASE OF USE: 2
  • INTERFACE: 2
  • FREQUENCY OF USE: 1
  • FEATURES: 2
  • USEFULNESS: 2
SUMMARY: Take a picture and take an article with you on the go utilities

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ScanLife is an app for the iPhone that utilizes the camera to ?scan? these unique codes/barcodes into the app so that you can then see a more iPhone friendly formatted version of whatever it is you are looking at. Why you would need to use this app on your iPhone is anybodies guess, as you could easily send that bookmark over to your device through an app like Instapaper Free or sending the link through email.

The idea behind ScanLife makes a lot of sense on other phones. Perhaps it even makes sense on the EDGE iPhone. But the fact that in most tests the website won't actually load or that the image can't be read is rather frustrating and will leave you wondering why you even bothered to try.

What's worse is that it loads everything up in Safari. Not that Safari isn't a great browser, it's just that this app is showing exactly how limited it's functionality is. It doesn't do anything more than scan a code and load a webpage. Even then, you need for find that code, wherever it is, and actually get it to scan.

While ScanLife.com does have plenty of codes to scan, think long and hard about if you've ever actually seen one of these codes before. Chances are you haven't. This doesn't seem like a trend that's going to catch on either. It does however, seem like a group proof of concept for the iPhone that we will hopefully see work out to be wonderful in the future.

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