QR Code Readers for the iPhone 4 Compared

The Digital Printing Council have produced a QR Code guide for printers (PDF) which includes a chart of QR Code reader application capability tests. All the test were carried out on an iPhone 4 v4.02 and interestingly only the Optiscan reader was able to complete all 5 tests (image below). Some readers like AT&T’s Code Scanner and NeoMedia’s NeoReader could only manage to complete 2 out of the 5 tests and surprisingly the new Denso Wave scanner completed only 3 of the 5 tests.

Chart of QR Code reader test results

6 thoughts on “QR Code Readers for the iPhone 4 Compared”

  1. Something is a bit rotten here; my iPhone has at least twice the number of QR reader apps than the 24 listed in the report. Two of the omissions are especially egregious as they are very robust apps. It’s a shame the DPC spent all that time hyping the tech yet found no time to disclose their selection criteria.

    The report also lacks utility in that it merely reports a scan or a “DNR”, yet makes no note of apps that are balky and take some degree of manipulation to get a scan. Nor do they touch on the very important point of whether the scans are automatic or not.

  2. @Jay – You are right of course but I thought it was a good effort. With all those QR reader apps on your iPhone I look forward to reading your more comprehensive and detailed report… 🙂

  3. It’s a good cursory list but the devil is in the details and this lacks details as @Jay describes. Maybe more importantly would be a listing of apps that are cross platform, which apps are available for iPhone, Blackberry and Droid.

  4. @Roger – I sincerely wish I had the time to write such a report because in the world of QR-reader apps, Sturgeon’s Law (“90% of everything is crap”) certainly seems to hold true.

    Unfortunately even with upwards of four (and closer to five) dozen apps, I don’t have a full body of data. I simply downloaded apps, checked each for a certain minimal set of functionality — must autoscan from camera, must scan from image library, must handle URLs — and any one that failed went into a junk folder.

    Sadly I’m not an industry body and just don’t have the time and patience to produce a full report, nor even to look at great length at apps which don’t meet the criteria for my typical uses.

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