When it comes to overcoming communication barriers, whether you’re traveling abroad or studying a new language in school, having the right tools makes all the difference.
Concept and Functionality
Translator aims to provide users with a quick and easy way to translate languages from the comfort of their Android device. While many translation apps are stuffed with extra features, Translator is pretty straightforward.
To use Translator, simply enter the word or phrase you want to translate in the text box at the top of the screen. You can do that be either typing in the text or tapping the microphone icon and speaking.
Then, select the language of your text from the drop down menu, and select which language you wish to translate your word or phrase to.
One of the admin things that can be improved is that the language list isn’t alphabetized, so it’ll likely take you a few seconds to find the language you’re looking for.
Also, the list of available languages has some issues. On the Samsung GS4 and Nexus 7 you can’t use the up and down arrow buttons that appear on the right side of the list, presumably to scroll the list.
All that aside, the translation function itself seems to work quite well. Once you tap the Translate button, the final result will be displayed below it. I found that Translator did a fantastic job of translating small words and phrases quickly, and it even translated large chunks of text with ease.
Translator includes a variety of useful translation features for users. As already mentioned, if you’d rather talk than type, the text box at the top of the screen features a microphone button that lets you do just that.
Also, a very cool feature of Translator is a ‘Listen’ button. This lets users hear the translated word or phrase in a clear and audible way. The app also allows you to quickly copy, delete, and share your translated phrase.
With 41 languages supported, there’s a good chance this app will be able to translate the languages you’re interested in.
Lastly, a quick test revealed that Translator requires an active internet connection in order to translate. While this tends to be pretty standard when it comes to free translation apps, it’s a bit of a disadvantage abroad because many travelers won’t have consistent connectivity while out and about.
Translator is available to download from Google Play for free, which is always a great value. However, the app is loaded with ads that made navigation a bit difficult at times.
Overall, Translator is a decent translation app that certainly accomplishes what it was designed for. However, the mechanics are a bit buggy and the only works if you have internet connectivity available.
Translator requires Android 2.3.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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