WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit Hardware Review

WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit Hardware Review

Apr 8, 2015

Another day, another business card. A hassle? It can be, but a college professor told me that getting business cards is a good thing. As such, PenPower’s WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit, which purports to give users the opportunity to digitize business cards, has to be great.

Right?

I’d seen pictures of the piece prior to receiving the review package that PenPower sent us, but I still admit to being surprised upon physically handling it. It comes in a nice, polished metal finish; it looks like a device dock with an extended piece behind it. Said piece folds out into a smaller dock of sorts for business cards. It feels nicely machined, with deliberate stylings and gentle curves, such that there are no real sharp edges. it is mostly grey with black and light gold accents, and the moving pars are smooth in action. The whole unit manages to be stately without being overly pretentious.

Officially, it comes in at 2.6 x 3.2 x 5.2 inches and weighs 7.76 ounces.

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The hardware — which, as hinted at, holds a phone upright such that it can take a picture of a card propped behind it — is just a portion of the solution. In many ways, the hardware complements the companion WorldCard Mobile Lite software, which controls the capture process. Once installed on a device, the app can be invoked and used to pull in data, which it then interprets using built-in OCR technology. The app has more functionality; it can sync with the phonebook, allowing all contacts to become a part of the app. In this, the app acts like a second contact repository, with the ability to act on the data right from within the app.

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Frankly, I was surprised at how effective the solution is in real life. The issue of dealing with business cards has been around since PDA days, and this is the first one I’ve cottoned to; the potential for one-touch processing of data is quite attractive.

My biggest gripe has to do with documentation. The manufacturer/distributor doesn’t include much, and the companion software feels just as bereft. The hardware and software work decently well together, and it would be nice to see it all explained formally. The app is also a bit clunky; again, this probably boils down to the need for better how-tos. I still feel as if here is some functionality that I am not using to the fullest. Also, if I were to nitpick, I would have liked some design attention paid to charging while in soft use.

In the end, though, the added use, design and concept are almost too good to ignore. I like the look of the piece, and at $59.99 (on Amazon), it doesn’t have an unbearable entry point. At the end of the day, the question becomes whether one would rather have it or not.

My answer is fairly clear.

WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit Hardware Review Rundown

9
Build Quality - Truly noise to look at and to hold. Solid build, subtle finish.
7.5
Functionality - Overall efficacy is only hampered by limited documentation.
8
Android Compatibility - Effective with mos smartphones and phablets.
7.5
Value - It's an investment, but worth it in the right hands.
8
Overall - A surprisingly fun and serious piece of hardware.
Tre Lawrence
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