The Best Android Barcode Scanner Solutions



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Barcode Scanning Options

One question commonly asked when looking to scan barcodes with an Android phone, is "why not use the camera scanner?"

Most camera phone cameras are designed for average picture taking, not for barcode scanning.
Camera phone scanning will work for very light use, when time is not a factor, barcodes are short, barcodes are not condensed, barcodes are clearly printed, and lighting is ideal.
When scanning with a camera, the user can spend many seconds to scan each barcode. When lighting is poor or shaded, position of the barcode is such that the camera can't be properly aligned, or the barcode is damaged, a camera scanner may not work, or may be too slow and cumbersome to be practical. A true barcode scanner is the best choice for fast reliable barcode scanning.

The main reason camera scanners are not used for commercial applications is slow speed and inconsistent scanning, the table below should be helpful for clarification.

A barcode scanner like the Scanfob® 3002i mobile 2D Bluetooth laser scanner, typically scans hundreds of times per second, so the speed of scanning is perceived as virtually instantaneous for the user. Barcode scanners like the Scanfob scanner can also scan damaged barcodes and in sub-optimal lighting, unliike the typical camera scanning app! Using a barcode scanner also offers additional benefits for increased functionality. Scanners include features including enable/disable the audio scan confirmation beep, erasing last scan from memory, configurations options limiting the scannable code types (to reduce erroneous code scans), and  batch mode scanning to memory (you can store over 10,000 scans in scanner's internal memory which can later be downloaded onto a device of choice - capabilities depend on scanner model & the application must support receipt of batch data). Using a barcode scanner simply adds much more possiblity and value, saving you time, money and frustrations!


Compare Barcode Scanner with Camera

Scanfob® Scanner

Camera Scanner

Speed (typical)

Instant Several seconds1,4 The small size of scanners like the Scanfob® 2005 scanner provides excellent convenience for mobile applications with Android. The Scanfob scanner can easily be attached to the back of the Android phone with velcro to provide one-handed barcode scanning. To see an example, click the image above.

All major code types

Yes No

Consistent scanning

Yes No

Decode errors

No Sometimes5


Yes No

Low light

Yes No / Poor2

Shaded light

Yes No / Poor2

Code length

70+ 323

  1. Camera scanning in inconsistent lighting will show some barcodes simply won't read even trying for 30 seconds and more.
2. Better when camera has software controllable LED.
3. Depends on camera resolution, barcode density & quality.
4. Test for yourself with Grid-In-Hand® Mobile Grid and List-In-Hand® Mobile List apps on Google Play.
5. See sample camera phone barcode scan decode error

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The Scanfob 2002 also has different Bluetooth modes to allow the scanner to work not only with Android phones, but also with PC, Mac, and other computers that support Bluetooth HID mode for simple input like a keyboard.

Android barcode scanners like the Scanfob® 3002i & 2005 can provide Bluetooth Spp (Serial port profile) mode. When used with software like SerialMagic Gears for Android, this provides far more powerful way to process scans! By using SerialMagic Gears, users can avoid the need to tap into a field prior to scanning. SerialMagic Gears is available for download from Google Play store or from the website. The application requires a license for full functionality, however, for those using Genuine Scanfob Scanners purchased from or an authorized reseller, the license code is embedded into the scanner firmware saving up to $150 per user! Applications like Grid-In-Hand® Mobile Grid* and List-In-Hand® Mobile List* demonstrate how valuable this can be.
*Mobile Grid and Mobile List are available on the Google Play.


Android Barcode and RFID scanning solutions are available for virtually every Android device that runs Android 2.1 and later.
Click here to see list of Android devices for wireless barcode and RFID scanning.

Scanfob® brand scanners work with iOS (iPad-iPhone-iTouch), Android, Windows 8/7/2008/Vista/2003/XP, BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, J2ME, PalmOS, and more.