Sunday, December 5, 2010

Additional BB QR readers - V


Next up, Mobiletag. From their web site: "... Mobile Tag, the European leader in mobile barcode solutions, continues to innovate with the launch of its latest application: mobiletag Universal Reader and shopping... For the first time, your mobile phone can scan the three international standard barcodes with a single application. Mobiletag scans 1D barcodes (EAN 13, UPC, etc.) and 2D barcodes (Datamatrix, flashcode, Fotokody, QR-Code, etc.)...

In addition to the Universal reader, mobiletag has developed a product price comparator. Consumers can compare the best offers from different merchants. The price finder works on 1D barcodes. Initially, you can compare prices offered by websites. You will then also be able to get product information from stores around you...

You can also use the mobile tag application to create shopping lists or a price alert on a selected product. You will receive an alert informing you that a merchant is offering a product at the price you want..."


Mobiletag can be downloaded OTA here.

At present Mobiletag does not have a Torch version, however I downloaded the Bold version which appeared to install OK....


Now it could be a result of my running a Bold version on a Torch, but the read/decode success rate for QR codes wasn't that great... see below for a success and a failure. Note, you can also manually key in the numbers off the bar code to do a look up if/when a read fails...





Next I tried out several 1D barcodes to check out the 'price compare' feature. A dozen or more tries on CDs, books, groceries, and not one successful read. However, when I manually input the barcode numbers the software did perform the price compare function, e.g. see below:








The software keeps track of your history...



The bottom line? The 1D and 'price compare' functionality is nice, but overall a bit of a disappointment with the (poor) read/decode rate, which bring its down. Also, a small niggle - exiting the software leaves your camera running, which is somewhat annoying. (Note: I did not try the shopping list and/or alert functionality)

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