TurboScan Review: A Handy iPhone Scanner in Your Pocket

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 8
      • Functionality
      • 7
      • Ease of Installation/Ease of Use
      • 8.2
      • Performance
      • 7
      • Cost Benefits
      • 8.5
      • Total Score:
      • 7.74
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Good quality images, especially of text scans
    • Forwards scanned docs to Evernote and Dropbox
  • Cons

    • It might take you a while to straighten the images
    • Doesn't work well for scanning pages in books

TurboScan turns users\’ iPhones into portable document scanners without additional hardware. For $1.99 at the time of review, TurboScan allows users to take a picture of a document such as a photo, a recipe, or receipt, and allows them to adjust the contrast, brightness, rotation, and more. The app saves document images as PDFs and JPEGs, allowing users to save important documents and receipts in a convenient location. Users can then send these images to their Dropbox or Evernote accounts with a simple click.


The app is rather intuitive, adjusting to the perspective of the image, and produces a relatively decent scan if the document is against a high contrast background. While the photo quality was mostly good, Brighthand also notes that the app occasionally experienced difficulties getting the perspective of the image correct or fixing distortion. However, for a quick scanning application, testers found it easy to use and that it offered a quick easy way to capture scans on the go.

For those who need to send scans while away from home or the office, but do not want to carry a portable scanner, TurboScan offers an easy, inexpensive solution. For the low price, it offers the abilities to scan, email, edit, enhance, and store important documents, receipts, and more. While it will not replace a full scanner, it is a convenient and portable option for those looking to send simple scans from time to time.



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