We have always been skeptical about the quality of barcode scanner applications that are available in the App Store. There are too many of them around but so many of them are worse than junk. Thankfully, a few developers have gotten it right, so you can scan barcodes properly on your iPhone. These apps make shopping a whole lot more fun. If you are looking for barcode iPhone applications that work, here are 15 apps you should try:
Barcode Scanner: an iOS barcode scanner for price shopping. Just scan products to get pricing information on them. Supports multi-vendor searching.
Consmr Barcode Scanner: a powerful product guide for iPhone. It lets you see product ratings, reviews, and other useful information. You can scan product barcodes, filter using tags, and use Facebook to get recommendations.
NeoReader: a universal barcode scanning application capable of reading QR, EAN, UPC, and Data Matrix codes. It is fairly reliable too.
RedLaser: one of the best barcode scanners for iPhone. Scans UPC, EAN, and UPC-E barcodes and lets you compare prices using Google Products and Amazon.
pic2shop: a pretty awesome barcode reader app that enables you to compare product prices fast. It supports iPhones and iPads.
ShopSavvy: this is a handy tool to find the products you need at the prices that work for you. It has a pretty decent barcode scanner and gives you access to local deals and sales.
Quick Scan Pro: this iPhone barcode scanner reads UPC, EAN, ISBN, and other commercial barcodes. It offers price and product search features too. LED light option while scanning is available.
Shopwell: a powerful iPhone barcode reader that shows you which foods you should avoid to stay on your diet. Great for folks who may have food allergies.
NxtNutrio: want to avoid genetically-modified foods? Maybe you want to learn which foods are healthy for you. This application has you covered. It helps you get a better handle on food label reading.
ScanLife: a QR code reader and barcode scanner for your phone. It supports popular barcode formats (QRCode, Datamatrix, EZcode). Over 30 different online retailers are covered.
Quick Scan: supports UPC, EAN, ISBN, and other commercial barcodes. You can search prices, sort your scans, and save your favorite products.
GoodReads: more than just a barcode scanner for iOS. GoodReads helps you discover, read, and rate books. You can recommend books to your friends too.
Cardstar: a cool free barcode scanner that could come handy in stores. It’s a useful for storing your store cards info and rewards.
Barcodas for iPhone: a unique barcode scanner that makes music patterns out of scanned EAN and UPC barcodes. It makes shopping for products a whole lot more fun.
Price Check by Amazon: this iOS barcode scanner lets you compare prices with Amazon.com on the go. You can search for Amazon products by picture, voice, and text search.
There are plenty of other barcode readers available for iPhone. These 15 performed in the most reliable fashion in our tests.
Your turn: What’s your favorite barcode application for iPhone? Please add your suggestions below.[*Updated: Sept. 2013]
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