While iTranslate spans a range of apps, we’ve focused on the core iTranslate app – which features a mix of its key features. The layout of the app is simple – with clear indication of when to change your preferred language, a top toggle for switching to offline mode, and a simple menu at the bottom for voice translation, image translation and even an AR mode.
Unfortunately, offline mode and image translation are locked behind iTranslate PRO – features that are readily available for free on most competitors. Some additional handy features include full-screen text translation presentation, sharing your translation and flashcards to help you learn a language.
When it comes to translation, iTranslate has a struggling vocabulary – translating “court” as “field” – and structural issues. There were issues with confusing sex in Spanish and Italian translation tests too. Overall, the generality of its translations can lead to vague and misleading results, according to My Language Lab.
Translation issues, along with the cost of £4.99 per month or £39.99 per year to access certain features offered by many free apps, make iTranslate the poorest overall offer in our test . Besides translation, the app offers solid usability and some nice additional features, but not enough to beat similar options from free competitors.
Advantages: Ability to integrate with external applications; flash cards
The inconvenients: Very basic free level; expensive premium level; poor general translation skills
Which translation app should I use?
Prior to this test, Google Translate was my translation app of choice, for the ability to quickly access it via the web. However, for travel and other basic translation tasks, Microsoft Translator will now be my go-to vacation assistant.
Microsoft’s translation tool looks like this – a tool – the same way you can take a physical phrasebook with you on trips abroad, but with a lot more functionality. The range of features doesn’t complicate the experience either, and I’d recommend it to anyone, regardless of your ability with a smartphone.
However, you shouldn’t rule out Google Translate and Apple’s Translate app, as their simplicity makes them great translation tools to use and use whenever you need them. However, some minor errors make them less able to translate longer texts.