SamCard automatically adds a contact by scanning their business card [iPhone]

SamCard is a new business card scanner/reader for the iPhone. The purpose of the app is simply to skip the step of entering a contact into your phone after receiving their business card. Or if entering cards takes up too much time normally, you won’t have to carry around a bunch of disheveled business cards that are probably in no particular order. The technology is quite ingenious and can save a user a great deal of time and effort, especially at work.

SamCard is quite straightforward in terms of scanning cards. All you need to do is take a picture of the card, making sure that you fit the card as snugly inside the provided barrier lines as possible. The developer suggests taking a photo in a well lit area. You will probably notice right away that SamCard utilizes an anti-shake technology that makes it quite easy to take the photo.

Once the photo is taken of your card, SamCard will use a type OCR scanning technology to grab all the relevant information from the card and place it into the typical categories from your contact list (i.e. name, phone number, address, etc.). I suggest that users play around with this, because the first time I scanned, the resulting contact data was pretty bad. My initial reaction was that the app was terrible, but after paying more attention to the quality of the photo the second time, I realized that my photography was the problem. My estimate is that 95% of the scanned results were accurate and SamCard allows you to edit each item that isn’t before it is added to your contacts.

Price: $3.99

Version discovered: 1.5

Requires: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad; iOS 4.0 and up

Download size: 5.2 MB

SamCard-business card reader & business card scanner on iTunes

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  • Ian

    I downloaded the app, takes a good pic, pulled all the info off the card, but it wont access my contacts to save the info and i have no way to change the privacy settings, please help!!

  • Brett

    @Mardel53: No error messages for me. Just poor photography on my part. Better pics equals more accurate scans.

  • Mardel53

    ProVersion was given out free yesterday and still is today. It does not work on my IPod Touch 4th Gen. Made several attempts to capture several different types of business cards and received error messages on everyone. Going to delete it.

  • Ashraf

    @Brett: With the rise of NFC, in 5 years we may be tapping phones to pass business cards. Too bad doctors are typically technically illiterate.

  • Brett

    @Ashraf: Ha! Funny enough, between doctors and home improvement folks, I probably have almost 50 from the last year or so.

  • Ashraf

    Do people still hand out business cards? That is so last generation.
    Thanks for the review!