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There are no shortage of iPhone apps for translation, perhaps most notably, Google’s own offering. So it’s not easy to come up with something that will attract users and, more to the point, make them part with their cash.

Worldictionary is an iPhone app that instantly translates words from a host of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, German and French, amongst others.

It’s simple to use – point the camera and it will perform the translation. It is powered by Google Translate.

The Good

  • Simple to use
  • Incredibly accurate
  • Lots of languages
  • Very quick
  • Incredibly good at picking the words out through the camera. Some apps of this nature really are poor in this department and fail to read the words properly through the camera. We really put this app through its paces having it translate words from on computer screens, from in magazines, newspapers and books and it very rarely failed to pick the words out. Impressive.

The Bad

  • Its £2.99 (or $4.99) price tag is steep in app terms and with other free offerings out there, it’s difficult to see whether people will stump up the cash
  • Very useful for travelling, granted – but as it requires access to the Internet to use it, in reality with incredibly high roaming data charges, it would be costly to use it abroad unless you were on WiFi.
  • It can’t translate full sentences.

On the whole, this is a good app. I think, honestly, it might be a little on the pricey side for most users, but it does what it claims to do perfectly.

Worldictionary - Instant Translation & Search - Penpower Technology Ltd.