This review is part of the Smartphone Scanner Review series, where I compare the top-rated smartphone scanner apps for Android. Many of these apps also have Apple iPhone versions which may have slightly different operation or features.
TurboScan is a scanner app from Piksoft, available as a free trial. The full version is $4.99.
Full Review Notes
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The free version of TurboScan is a trial, it allows you to scan and share up to three documents. There are no third-party advertisements or banners. To scan more than three documents, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version.
TurboScan has two capture modes and can also open files directly from your phone’s image library. Here’s a screen capture of the in-app help file describing the two camera capture methods.
Both methods worked well. The SureScan 3X mode worked remarkably well on some challenging test scans in low light. I was able to get an acceptable scan holding a color page in mid-air with my free hand in a dimly lit room, without using the flash. The image required manual cropping because the automatic cropping was confused by the background. In my tests the auto cropping often needed manual adjustment, but it wasn’t hard to do. If you are scanning many pages you might prefer a program that does a better job of page detection and automatic cropping.
TurboScan has basic editing options once the image is captured and cropped. You choose between B&W, Color or Photo modes, pick from five different contrast levels, and rotate if needed. You also have an opportunity to manually adjust the cropping again if needed.
After the pages are edited, you have a final opportunity to shuffle page order before saving the PDF.
Saving & Sharing
TurboScan allows you to share your document as PDF or JPG. Document compression and page size is set in the application settings. For some strange reason, the option to generate PDFs directly to the filesystem is hidden in the Settings menu, rather on the share menu as I’d expect. But, at least it’s possible to export PDFs to disk and share them with your PC directly.
TurboScan allows you to share through email, Bluetooth, and other apps you have installed that can accept a PDF file. You can also directly upload to cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, fax through their own TurboFax app, and even print to wireless printers.
The Save to Gallery option saves individual JPG files to your photo gallery on the phone. The Email to myself feature is nice, allowing you to fire off an email to yourself (or actually anyone you choose) with just a couple clicks.
TurboScan is a solid program and it’s nice to be able to fully exercise the app without pop-up ads or restricted features. The SureScan 3x feature is unique and works well. I wish the page detection and auto-cropping worked better. I couldn’t find any glaring flaws or reasons to avoid it, but it didn’t wow me either.
If you use it long-term, you’ll need to spend five bucks and get the full version.