- Well thought out interface
- Gives a new take on the QR code experience
- The social aspect may turn some people off
- The QR news feed feels tacked on
RATING: 3.4 Stars
UPDATED: September 12, 2011
CURRENT VERSION: 1.0.8
REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.1 and up
INSTALLS: 1,000 – 5,000
CONTENT RATING: Low Maturity
By now you’ve probably seen a few of these things around.
For the uninformed these things are the 2.0 version of barcodes called Quick Response codes or QR codes & they are pretty neat, scanning one with your smartphone can take you to a web page, start an app download or even call or text a predetermined number.
But before you can get started with all of these cool uses your smartphone is going to need an app to read these little nuggets of coolness.
This is where QR Pal comes in, it allows the user to scan, store & share QR codes all from the comfort of your own smartphone!
The set-up is pretty straight forward if a bit long winded. Right off the bat you are prompted to create a QR Pal account, which for me is a bit much for a QR code reading app but it does serve a purpose. You also get the option to link QR Pal with your Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin accounts
Once your set up you are presented with a home screen that gives you quick access to all of QR Pal’s features. It feels very clean & well thought out with the focus being on the four main features of QR Pal.
The scanner itself is pretty good & does its job well, with the built in web browser providing quick access to any web pages that you may have scanned. All of these scans are then saved in your wallet for later use. A nice touch.
if you’ve linked QR Pal to Facebook you will also get a neat little update added to your status feed.
QR Pal also delivers the latest, hard hitting news in the QR code world which frankly is very slow moving & is not going to be of interest to the average user, but it is a nice niché feature.
Another niché feature is the ability from the app’s homescreen to set up a QR code that allows people to send you money via PayPal in a plethora of currencies. This wasn’t a feature that I could test fully but I can see the usefulness of such an option.
QR Pal also has its own social aspect buy giving you points for ‘collecting’ codes & sharing them on your various social networks.
You have to give credit to QR Pay Ltd, they have done a pretty good job trying to make QR codes more social & accessible to the average smartphone user, which is to be commended but after spending time getting to grips with QR Pal I’m left with the feeling that most of the features included are gimmicky.
With that said the core feature of QR pal is the scanner which is solid & the built in browser is a very welcome addition as is the wallet feature.
Review by: Milt