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QR Code Reader Smackdown!  by eswayne

Eric-swayne
eswayne says: Let's face it - iOS should have integrated QR code scanning into the default camera app by now. But until they do, here's a look at the good, bad and the ugly of the QR code readers out there.
eswayne's picks
  1. RL Classic
    RL Classic The granddaddy of them all, and probably my best all-around scanner. Right price (free) and right features (lets you turn on your flash as a light for iPhone 4 users).
  2. Scan - QR Code and Barcode Reader
    Scan - QR Code and Barcode Reader The dark horse up-and-comer in this list, I may end up switching to this one over my vaunted RedLaser. Why? This one has done a better job of scanning non-traditional and off-color (not black and white) codes than any other reader I've tried.
  3. AT&T Code Scanner: QR, Data Matrix, and UPC Barcode Reader
    AT&T Code Scanner: QR, Data Matrix, and UPC Barcode Reader A lot of my friends use this one, and say it's great, but I just can't use one that's branded - I don't want AT&T to know what I'm scanning.
  4. Shop Savvy
    Shop Savvy More than just a good QR code reader, Shop Savvy scans barcodes as well, giving you the best price for that item around you or online. Kind of a Swiss Army Knife with an extra screwdriver.
  5. Microsoft Tag
    Microsoft Tag Not a QR code reader, but part of a new print code system by Microsoft called Tag. Good to have this one in your Utilities folder as well, just in case.
  6. Qrafter - QR Code and Barcode Reader and Generator
    Qrafter - QR Code and Barcode Reader and Generator This one both reads AND generates QR codes, but you have to pay for the code generator. Seeing as how I can do that for free using a number of web apps, and I'm not sure what you would do with a QR code generated on the run since you probably can't print it, this seems like an unnecessary toy.
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