Comparison of Top 10 Free Business Card Reader Apps

Here we compare the most popular name card scanning apps to help you decide which to download.

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If you’re on hunt to find the best business card scanner app that suits your needs, you’d absolutely be spoiled for choices. There are over a dozen name card reader apps on each app store and having to download each and every one and testing them all is a painstaking task no professionals deserve to undertake. Since we thought you might need a hand in this, here we help you to compare the most popular card scanner apps and let you see for yourself which app suits you best.

There’s a common debate among business people over the notion that business card is dead, especially in this high tech digital world. Many envisage an innovative way for us to exchange name cards but yet that elusive technology has not truly materialized. Almost 30 million business cards are still being printed on a daily basis across the world and while many tried to replace this 300 year old technology, many had failed.

We all still know how important having a name card these days, especially when our jobs require us to network with others, but storing a pile of cards from others often requires more ingenuity than a simple cards exchange after a handshake. Enter business card scanner mobile apps. These apps let us do a simple trick – you take a photo of a card and it scans the text on the card and stores them into your smartphone, essentially digitizing the paper cards you just collected. Now the problem is there are just too many of these kinda apps on the app stores and finding the perfect one is like looking for a needle in a haystack (coincidentally one of the available apps is called Haystack).

So, thought we might just cut to the chase by showing you a comprehensive side-by-side comparison of the popular free name card scanner apps available so that you can take it from here by downloading not all of them, but perhaps just one that suits you best.

 

CardHQ CamCard ABBYY Business Card Reader World Card ScanBizCard Haystack Foxcard Business Card Reader Zappoint BCard
Speed of Scanning Fast Fast Slow Average Slow Slow Fast Average Fast Very Slow
Ease to search High High Average High Low High High Low High Low
Ease of use High High Average Average Low Low Low Average Low Low
Limitation on free version Scans unlimited cards Scans up to 200 cards Scans up to 10 cards Scans up to 50 cards Scans up to 3 cards per week Scans unlimited cards Scans 3 cards per day Scans unlimited cards  Scans up to 100 cards Scans up to 10 cards
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All tests were done on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone on all free version of the apps (pro/paid versions were not tested). It is assumed that the iOS versions would behave and look and feel the same as their Android sibling. We did not compare the text accuracy performance of each app because we figured that the accuracy does depend on numerous factors like quality of your phone camera, ambient lighting and, mostly ambiguously, card design. Results of tests are accurate as of the date of this article.

All in all, until a genius among us invents a truly efficient new way for us to exchange our contact information, business card is definitely here to stay. And until that happens, may you find peace in using this name card scanning apps.