Top 8 | Google Translate Alternatives for iPhone

For anyone who has been a stranger in a strange land at some point, translation apps sure can come in handy! I’ve always been a firm believer that you should at least learn enough to get by in terms of phrases and stuff before visiting a country on vacation or business, but there are times you can be in a tight spot and just need an accurate translation right away. I’d always recommend picking up a guide book and learning the basic phrases that you will need, but it’s also an excellent idea to invest in a useful translation app before travelling, too. Now, Google Translate is probably the kind of translation apps for the iPhone, and has steadily been improved over the last few years to offer much more than ever before. But there are some nice alternatives out there that do enough to compete, even with a giant developer of Google’s ilk. There are also those translation apps for the iPhone that offer something slightly different, whether it be different languages or a different approach or even different functionality, such as the ability to scan documents and machine translate them. We recently took a bunch of these translation apps for a spin and this is the result!

8. SayHi Translate ($4.99)

SayHi Translate is an app I bought for $2.99 a few years ago, so the price has gone up since then but the app has been developed and inmproved. The speech recognition within this app is great and there are over 40 languages supported which is almost double what some apps these days will offer. The app also combines both language and dialect to ensure that the result being put forward is as accurate as possible. There’s a reason that this third party translation app has received quite a following since it was first unleashed on the App Store, so is well worth checking out if you can afford the few dollars it costs to download. – Download from iTunes

7. iHandy Translator Pro ($1.99)

Another translation app worth checking out is iHandy Translator PPro, which allows you translate any sentence or phrase. The text to speech stuff doesn’t actually come as standard here however despite the price, which is annoying. There are some nice social integration features however, with the app being linked to your account on Twitter or Facebook so that you can share your progress learning a new language! – Download from iTunes

6. Vocre ($4.99)

Vocre is also worth checking out and is one of the more comprehensive speech to text translators on the market at present. It’s perfect for those annoying situations when you find yourself in front of someone who doesn’t speak English, or find yourself in a country in which you don’t know the language. With a few swipes of the app, conversing becomes possible and you can make sure that your point is delivered in the most accurate way possible. – Download from iTunes

5. Pixter ($2.99)

I do like to throw a curveball into these lists every so often, and I think that Pixter definitely qualifies as that. It isn’t a dedicated translation app in the same way as Google Translate per se, but does offer something slightly different that many users will no doubt be interested in. Instead of translating voice or text input, the app instead translate printed text using an OCR scanner. You simply take the photo of a book or a sign or whatever it is you want translated, and the app will then recognize it and perform the translation. You will find the odd OCR error where the app hasn’t recognized figures or characters properly from the image, which obviously effects the accuracy of the final translation, but it’s still an excellent tool to have, especially when travelling. The app supports over 32 different languages, so the chances are you will find what you are looking for! – Download from iTunes


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