The Best Android Barcode Scanner Solutions

Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 03:55

"We use over 200 Scanfob® Brand Wireless Laser Barcode Scanners with Android phones in our courier business and they work exceptionally..." Read more testimonials.


Android's Best Friend...The Scanfob® Scanner

Android's Best Friend...The Scanfob Scanner

“Why do I need a dedicated barcode scanner?"
"Why not use the camera on my smartphone?"

Most smartphone cameras are designed to take pictures and not scan barcodes. This leaves the user struggling to adjust the direction of their smartphone, tapping to focus the camera, and ultimately waiting on their application to capture the image and decode the barcode information. For users in the field who need to scan quickly, a smart phone camera is too slow, cumbersome, and impractical. 

A barode scanner like the Scanfob® 3002i Bluetooth Wireless 2D/1D Barcode Reader typically scans hundreds of time per second. So fast in fact that scanning is perceived as being instantaneous for the user. Barcode scanners like the Scanfob® scanner can also scan damaged barcodes in poorly lit conditions where camera scanners fail. Dedicated barcode scanners also include features like the ability to eliminate scannable barcode types, enabling and disabling scanner confirmation beeps, batch scanning to memory, and more.

Simply put, using a dedicated barcode scanner adds more value to your business by saving you time and money, and can pay for itself just a few weeks.



Compare Scanfob® Scanner To Camera Scanner 
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.






Instant Several seconds1,4 Scanfob Scanner Benefits ChartThe small size of scanners like the Scanfob® 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.


Yes No


Yes No


No Sometimes5


Yes No


Yes No / Poor2


Yes No / Poor2


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  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


How can the Scanfob® Scanner work on so many different devices?

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

Android barcode scanners like Scanfob® 2006  &  Scanfob® 3002i connect using Bluetooth SPP (Serial Port Profile) mode. When used with software like SerialMagic Gears for Android, this provides more powerful ways to process scan data. By using SerialMagic Gears, users can avoid the need to tap into a field prior to scanning, and application developers can integrate SerialMagic Gears API into their existing Android apps.

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.

*Grid-In-Hand® Mobile Grid and List-In-Hand® Mobile List are available on the Google Play.

Android Barcode and RFID scanning solutions are available for virtually every Android device running 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-iPod Touch), Android, Windows 8/7/2008/Vista/2003/XP, BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, J2ME, PalmOS, and more.


Watch Our Videos & See The Difference For Yourself!

Video: Scanfob® laser scanner vs. camera phone Video: Scanfob® 3002i 2D Reader is FAST