Word Lens Review
Cost/Platforms: Free to try (for iPhones and camera-enabled iPod Touches), but $10 for translation services.
Lots of function for nothing:
Fun and easy to use:
Solves travel need or challenge:
See Spanish signs in English, or vice versa.
Why we like it -- It's one of the coolest ideas to hit the iPhone. Point the device toward a printed phrase, and the screen instantly shows you the translated version. The app requires a little patience. Unless you use the pause button to freeze the translation, the app will "see" different words at different moments, and the screen will scramble. For the biggest, simplest signs, though, the app is helpful. Just keep your expectations modest.
Improvements we'd like to see -- Word Lens would be easier to use if it didn't constantly amend its translations. The translations themselves also need improvement. (It was stumped by the Spanish phrase "cien años," which translates to "100 years.")
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