By Andrew Liszewski
It’s hard to justify buying a standalone electronic translator if you already carry a smartphone with a decent app store behind it, but Franklin wants you to still consider their latest pocket translator which uses actual recorded voices for its library of phrases and translations, instead of cold, synthesized electronic ones. It’s capable of translating phrases to and from 16 different languages including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Vietnamese. And considering it’s got over 800 travel related phrases (like accommodations, emergencies, food, directions) per language, getting the same functionality from a single app would be a hefty download.
At $99.99 though, it will be hard to convince anyone but lonely world travelers that it’s worth carrying instead of settling for a cheaper, though synthesized, alternative on their phone.