What can translation apps do for you?In this day and age, it is unthinkable to travel without our dearly beloved smartphones. They are our personal tour guides, payment methods and most importantly personal translators without the hefty price tag. These apps claim to have come to destroy the language barrier and have you covered during your next adventure overseas... Until your battery dies.
What are the best features about translation apps?The real zinger is the that some translation apps do not require any typing action. I have heard of translation apps that provide a lens function that prompts the user to point the phone at a sign or a written text. This can be particularly useful for restaurant menus, for example, if your phone does not have the required language keyboard or you are simply too lazy to type. This kind of app captures the targeted text, transforms the original image into the selected language via augmented reality text. Other sophisticated translation tools listen to you and your fellow conservationists and translate your speech as you go. It sounds too good to be true. But it is true. Here are some examples of translation apps that we have tried and recommend as your new preferred travel companion.
- iTranslate Voice 3 ☆☆☆
iTranslate Voice 3 is based on voice-to-voice communication. I have tested this translation app on my mobile phone and can give it credits for providing a quick and easy access for my frequently used phrases. This is ideal for repetitive situations such as going to the supermarket, restaurants and shops. Another bonus is that it provides a feature called "AirTranslate" which allows two users to connect their phones to each other and have a simultaneous conversation in two languages.
- Google Translate ☆☆☆☆
- Microsoft Translator ☆☆☆☆