QR codes are handy little blighters, turning pesky, lengthy text into graphic form that’s simple to decode. Web links, contacts, text and even geolocations can be converted into QR codes, sent to your friends and colleagues and decoded with a simple QR code reader… A function that QR Droid also features, of course.
A super-simple UI makes QR Droid a breeze to use. Choose to convert a contact, URL, application link, phone number, calendar event, text entry, SMS or geolocation into a QR code from the main menu and QR Droid will convert it to a code in seconds. We converted copious different bits of data into codes and we couldn’t trip QR Droid up. It faultlessly converts, time and time again. Brilliant.
Once you’ve created a code you have the option to save it to the clipboard to be pasted into an email or sms, or you can share it in the usual way via social-networking and messaging apps. You can also save it directly to your gallery for decoding later, which comes in handy when testing your QRs. The inbuilt decoder can decode from camera or use a saved file to decode, so you can access your previously saved codes and double check them before sending.
One really neat use is to send calendar invites using QR codes. As with all text heavy QRs, there is a limit to how many characters can be included, so you can’t usually provide detailed location info. If nothing else, it’ll impress your friends, clients and colleagues enough to get them talking. Personally, we think they make great email signatures.
QR codes are also a neat way to send private messages to friends and colleagues. Without the know-how to decode one, they’re pretty secure. Just be careful if you’re using them for nefarious purposes, if they know what a QR is, anyone can decode it…
The Bottom Line
A cinch to use and produces faultless QR codes time and time again
Version reviewed: 3.5
Requires Android 2.0 and above