Thursday, November 25, 2010

Camcard Lite (Business Card to Phone Contact App) Review

Platform: Android

5 out of 5

Limited Free Version (Small # of Scans, Unlimited Scans Version $14.99)

Convert business cards into phone contacts using your DROID’s camera. Easy as pie!

Has conversion issues for poorly-taken photos. (Be careful when taking your snaps and you’re unlikely to encounter any issues.)

The next time someone hands you a business card, use this free app to take a picture and add it to your contacts in one easy step.



Rolodex users, wake up and smell the 21st Century. Camcard is a powerful, easy-to-use business card reader that uses your phone’s camera to convert paper cards into new electronic contact files in your Android phone.

In my limited demo, I encountered zero read errors or other issues. I held up several business cards to the camera lens, allowed the auto-focus to kick in, took a picture, and the software was 7 for 7 in capturing all the card information and inserting it into fresh contact files.

If you’re in global sales, there’s a good chance the app can handle most of the languages you’ll encounter (12 in all presently), and the ability to edit the imported information makes the process flawless. The app will even auto-rotate images to do a proper import, and crop out background text that may be in the image with your cards.

As with all camera-based apps, you’ll want to take care to place cards on a plain surface before taking a picture, avoid moving your hand when taking each snap, and keep the card as big as possible in the viewfinder before capturing an image.

If you’ll only scan a handful of cards each week, the Lite version will work just fine. If you take in more than 10-15 each week, you’ll want to pony up for the unlimited version which costs $14.99.

Read all of my past Android app reviews at Appolicious and Yahoo! Tech -- click here.

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