The Google Shopper app for Android does a pretty good job of letting you stroll through the aisles of a store, scan the barcode on a box of cereal and find out if it’s cheaper at another store. But ScanLife is a new app that goes a bit further.
You can use ScanLife’s Android app to scan virtually any barcode or QR code to get more information about a product. The service will then search for online prices for new, used, and refurbished versions of the product. You can also find user reviews, coupons, and other information.
I tried scanning a few items around my house, including an old (but classic) video game box, and even a box of staples. ScanLife had no problem recognizing each item and finding relevant data — although I didn’t notice a lot of reviews.
There’s also a “Related Products” tab, which appears to be a bit of a work in progress. It told me that “Time Out with Britney Spears” was related to my box of staples.
ScanLife is available as a free download from the Android Market, but after you scan a few barcodes, be prepared to fill out a brief survey to keep using the app.