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How Barcode Scanners Compare to Scanning Apps

Posted by Amelia on Apr 26, 2019 2:27:47 PM

A host devices’ camera is designed to take pictures, not to decode barcodes. Scanning barcodes requires a careful two-step process; focusing the device’s camera on a barcode to be clear on the screen, then scanning. The user then must toggle out of that device’s screen to view anything other than the scanned barcode. This affects the speed of the workflow. Every barcode must go through the same process – refocusing, then scanning.


Tests (conducted by Socket Mobile) prove the process can take 2-3 times longer to scan a barcode using a phone application as a barcode scanning solution. The process can take even longer with unsteady hands or in a mobile environment (i.e. moving vehicle). A phone’s camera does not focus easily because it does not have a designated aimer like a proper barcode scanner does. 


A device’s battery also drains faster on a phone with a scanning app. Barcode scanning requires the phone taking images and supporting an application that decodes barcode data, which drains the battery faster.


In addition, toggling the same screen used for scanning barcodes and checking the list of scanned barcodes is a hassle and time-consuming.


The cost of application upgrades and the requirements for changing devices depends on the app. 


Scanning Application Solution - U sing an application that uses the host device’s camera for scanning:  



Cheaper setup costs Slow solution (2x3 times slower than a designated scanner) Costly overtime (requiring 2-3 more people to complete a 1-person job in the same timeframe) Draining device battery faster No scanning aimer provided Limited Support on Symbologies - not all barcodes can be scanned, nor are the settings modified easily Limited Users – each scanning session requires logging into an application that is not shared between users Limited Customization – an application is set with its own abilities and is therefore limited With one of Socket Mobile’s scanners, simply point and press the button for information to be transferred to the desired applications. When observing the device screen, the user can view the designated information assigned to the scanned barcode. There’s no need to toggle back and forth between screens with the simple scanning process. 


In addition, there are multiple options for handheld barcode scanners, including barcode scanners that attach to mobile devices, creating one-handed solutions that will last an entire work shift while providing the same convenience as a device’s downloaded application.


Socket Mobile Solution - Using a barcode scanner that transfers data to a designated device via Bluetooth ® wireless technology:


Cost-effective investment Fast solution (2x3 times faster than a scanning App) Long-lasting battery power (up to 2 work shifts) Included scanning aimer for speedy/accurate reading Dependable technology (built for barcode scanning jobs, so they simply work better) Customization options (select symbologies, vibrations and tones, modes, etc.) Barcode scanning applications are a seemingly reasonable and cost-effective means of scanning. However, compared to a designated barcode scanning unit, the latter proves to be a more usable, long-term option. 



  D740 VS Camera Phone Barcode Scanning
  S700 VS Camera Phone Barcode Scanning
 S700 with Scanner & Phone Holder VS Camera Phone Barcode Scanning
  S840 VS Camera Phone Barcode Scanning

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