Total Score: 25.5
Have you ever found yourself standing in a store, wishing you could find someone who works there to tell you the price of an item? Or, stood in an aisle wondering if this store had the best price? RedLaser can be your friend. You can scan items, discover the price, and determine how the price compares to other outlets – both local and online.
Not only that, when you scan a bar code on a food item it can provide you with a list of nutrition facts and a full list of potential allergens contained on the product. Yes, some of this is on the box or package, but on the item I just scanned, the summary of potential allergens was comprehensive.
Does this sound like an app that would be helpful to you?
Price Rating = 5 Free. It doesn’t cost you anything and it can save you money. What a deal!
Ease of Use Rating = 5 It is pretty much the same action as taking a picture. You click the scan button and the camera (or video) opens. You center the image and hear a tone letting you know it has accepted the scan.
Readability Rating = 5 The font is a reasonable size and the responses (pricing choices) are easy to read.
Will You Use It Rating = 3 This is not an app you would use every day, but it is handy when you want to check a price or determine if a better deal could be found elsewhere. If you need to scan products for food allergens you may find yourself using it more often.
Downsides Rating = -1 This is a minor thing, it does scan QR codes and bar codes, but does not scan Microsoft Mobile Tags.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 There are more than 8,797 ratings and the reviews average four and one half stars stars. The last 1,600 reviewers ranked it at four and one-half stars. Having the user community gave an app this high of a rating says a lot about its quality.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 4 With this app you can have the peace of mind of knowing you paid a fair price for an item. In addition, you can easily determine the price of an item if it’s not marked. If you have food allergies, it is possible this app could move up from nice-to-have to must-have.
How does it work?
- The opening screen for this app is the History screen. You will either see your previous scans or see “tap the icon to get started.”
- If you scan a barcode, the scan will bring up the name of your item at the top and then a list of online results, Google Search results and theFind search results. If you have the GPS enabled, you will see two tabs, “All” and “Local.” In my test case, I scanned a book. I not only got outlets to buy the book, but local libraries that carry it.
- If you scan a QR code, a window pops up asking if you want to open the URL connected to the QR code. You can say yes or cancel. If you say yes, it takes you to that website. Cancel clears the screen.
- Using the search icon, you can also type in the name of a product. If you select a product from the list that comes up, you will see the same results as the scan. If for some reason the bar code cannot be read by the app, you can enter it into this section and hit search. The same results come up as if you had scanned the code.
- You can email the product list to yourself (for shopping) or to someone else.
- You can create QR codes for a website and then email it to someone. Or, you can create a QR code for a website and save it to your camera roll.
- You can also create a QR code for a text message and send it via email (or save on your camera roll.) I am not entirely sure why you would want to do this, but it is cool.
- Some stores (like Sam’s) have their own barcodes for products. In that case, you will not see competitive pricing.
- If you have an iPhone 4, there is a “light” option that can be used in scanning.
I use this app a lot. Sometimes the scanner seems sensitive to the placement of the item and sometimes it scans before I have it completely positioned. Overall, I find it easy to use.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone and iPad Touch (4th and 5th generation), iPad2 Wi-Fi and iPad2 WiFi+3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi +4G and various versions of the iPad mini. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. App developed by Occipital, LLC.