Traveling in 2019 is, without any exaggeration, far easier than it has ever been in the entirety of human history. We have so many means of getting from point A to point B and just as many ways of staying there. But there’s still the question of language barriers — a question that might just be solved with a language translator device.
So what exactly is this device? How do handheld translators even work? And more importantly, can they help us and in what way?
To put it simply, we’re talking about real-time translation devices that work at the push of a button. They are usually pocket-sized and lightweight, so we can carry them everywhere. And, as all modern gadgets, these pocket translators are charged through a USB port and have a long battery life.
One of the first publicly tested translation gadgets was ili, a Japanese translator device that could handle only a few languages. Since then, new products have been popping up everywhere, and they keep getting better. An average translator can now hold at least 40 different languages. In fact, they’ve become so popular and advanced that more than a few actual linguists are getting concerned. According to them, instant translators might eliminate the need to learn a new language altogether.
Of course, even the best of these devices are nowhere near this level of efficiency. But we do have a list of five language translation devices that are truly top of the line. Naturally, we do have our own top pick. However, you won’t regret it if you decide to buy any of the other four.
Muama Enence has been gaining in popularity for months now, and we can definitely see why. This little guy has outperformed every other device on the market today.
Now, at first glance, Muama Enence doesn’t look like much. It has a standard design for a translation device with two talk buttons, two volume buttons, a speaker, a microphone, and a strap hole. Some would say that it’s too basic-looking, but we disagree. The choice of colors and the shape make it look spectacular. But then again, we’re not here for the looks. We’re here for the performance.
This device can translate over 40 languages. That’s more than what most base-level translation gadgets out there can handle, but there are translators that can go well into 80 languages and more. Each translation that Enence does has a 1.5-second delay, which is amazingly fast. In addition, it can perfectly translate up to several sentences in a row in a crowded room.
But there’s one thing that sets Muama Enence apart from other translators at the moment, even the other four on this list. Namely, Muama Enence is an offline translator. In other words, you don’t need an active Internet connection to use it properly. Of course, you can connect it to your phone via Bluetooth for a clearer translation.
Other benefits include a long battery life, durability, low weight, and the fact that it’s a two-way translator. Without a doubt, Muama Enence is our top pick for this list.
Just one look at the TT Easy Trans is enough to help you see why it simply had to be on this list. Pure white devices are usually a sign of elegance and professionalism. That’s why Apple products have almost all been exclusively white. And this device itself reminds us of a redesigned iPod. The question is — does TT Easy Trans work as well as an average Apple device? Being on this list answers that to some level, but let’s dig deeper.
The TT Easy Trans can translate 52 languages. That already puts it ahead of the Muama Enence to at least some degree. But TT Easy Trans’ benefits don’t end with just that number. The translations are quick and clear, with no serious glitches or issues. In addition, the device connects to our smartphone with the help of an app. It’s integration of the highest order.
But TT Easy Trans is not #1 here for a reason. The biggest part of it is that it doesn’t have an offline option, so it doesn’t work well without an Internet connection. Also, it has some issues, such as the lack of proper volume control. But even with these flaws, the TT Easy Trans will work for any traveler willing to see the world but unable to learn a new language.
When you see a translation device that has 40 languages and a great offline option, you’re immediately intrigued. But when you hear that a different device has 86 languages and a standby battery life of at least six days, you start taking notes.
SSK Smart is just such a gadget. And judging from the numbers we’ve just mentioned, it more than deserves a spot on this list. This little beast can indeed translate 80+ languages. However, we should note that most of these are regional variants of the same language.
We should also note that that’s not a flaw at all. In fact, it’s refreshing when a designer takes dialects and different cultures into consideration. Now a person from the Middle East won’t have to worry if the Scotsman before them doesn’t speak Standard UK English.
And let’s not forget the battery. Sure, it takes a while to charge, at least two hours, in fact. But it has a standby time of 120 hours. That bears repeating — one hundred and twenty hours of idleness! You can’t get much better than that.
Sadly, SSK Smart, much like TT Easy Trans, does not have an offline mode. Without the Internet, the translator won’t work, and the long battery life isn’t too useful with a gadget that won’t run. But when it does run, it runs like clockwork.
A short, neat, simple name is sometimes enough to sell a product. Just imagine it — you walk into a store, and you’re offered several portable translators. Most of them don’t interest you, but then you hear three short soundbites — ‘T8+.’ It’s brilliant and to the point.
Speaking of brilliant and to the point, T8+ has an amazing, minimalist design. At first glance, it looks like a USB hub with all of its ports stashed away, or even a small power bank good for only a single charge. But this small wonder packs quite a punch.
Like Muama Enence, the T8+ holds 40 languages, but unlike that translator, it doesn’t have an offline mode. You will definitely need the Internet as well as an app that helps the gadget work.
Of course, the gadget works splendidly once you have everything in order, from the Internet to setting up the app. The translations are accurate, and 99% of the time, there will be zero errors. It’s also worth pointing out that this translator has a photo recognition option. Just snap a picture of some text, and it will do the translating for you.
Layopo might be the last on this list, but it’s nowhere near the least when it comes to quality. For example, when we compare it to Muama Enence, it has a translation time of a single second. That’s half a second faster than our top-rated product! In 2019, that’s as close to ‘instantaneous’ as we can be.
Of course, Layopo ‘only’ translates 41 languages, and like most products we’ve listed, it doesn’t come with an offline option. That right there is the whole list of flaws of this product. Its benefits definitely make it stand out, and they are more or less similar to other translators here. It’s lightweight, durable, small, stylish-looking, and best of all — it translates extremely well.
By far its biggest asset is its battery life. Sure, it takes two hours to charge, but it can work continuously for eight long hours. Its standby time is off the charts, and it stands at 25 days. You read that correctly, dear reader — twenty-five days of standby time! That’s almost a month!
Naturally, Layopo will require you to download an app and have an Internet connection. But you will not be sorry one bit when you start using the device.
Those are our top picks, but the article doesn’t end there. Reading this list, you probably picked up on a few key details and a few patterns regarding handheld translators. So let’s look into them a bit further to see what exactly makes them tick.
First of all, we have to make it clear that a language translator device is not the same as a language translator app. Translator apps are software that you install on your smart device. You use them to translate the language either through text or voice recognition. There are quite a few of them out there, and they are almost all free. However, they do have one major flaw. In order to use an app like this correctly, you need a stable Internet connection.
Translation devices, on the other hand, are actual hardware. They contain entire languages complete with common words and phrases. Unlike apps, they cost money, but they don’t drain your phone battery or take up too much room.
Of course, even these translators have different categories. For example, there are one-way and two-way devices. One-way devices only allow you to translate from one language to another. If you want to do it vice versa, you have to readjust the settings.
Two-way translators usually have two buttons — one for your own language and the other for the target one. With these translators, both parties can speak without interruptions. All they have to do is click on their respective buttons and talk into the microphone.
Finally, there are online and offline translators. As the name suggests, the first type needs an Internet connection to work properly. Offline translators, however, can work at any time, at any place.
‘Convenience’ is probably the best answer to the question above. Back in the day, people had to learn a language before they visited a country. Those who couldn’t would buy a pocketbook of useful everyday phrases.
But now, in the age of smartphones and 3D printers, everything is getting high-tech. So having a convenient high-tech translation device will save you time and money. You won’t spend a dollar on language lessons or pocketbooks. In addition, you won’t have to bother installing translation apps. Just get one device, and you’re good to go.
But it’s not just about convenience. A lot of people have reported using portable translators as tools to help them learn new languages. Granted, you won’t be getting a C1 level from Muama Enence, but you will still learn a lot just by repeating the phrases. To most people, that’s more than enough.
Picking a translation device isn’t easy. There are a lot of ‘companies’ out there that would love to sell you a faulty product. So the obvious first step is to check if the product is legitimate. If anything appears suspicious, it’s best to avoid it altogether. Then you start researching and note each device that you might like.
Once you’ve narrowed down the list of devices, you start looking through their specifications. These are the ones you’ll want to look for:
Everything else, from the design to the price, is not as important as any of the five specifications above. Of course, the device you like might have fewer languages than your second choice, or a battery life that’s shorter than your third. If that happens, just remember that offline translators always trump online ones.
We took a good, hard look at all of these devices. They all have their own benefits, like an extremely long battery life and a huge selection of languages. Naturally, the design and small size go without saying. But Muama Enence was the only translation device on this list that actually had an offline function.
The reason we keep bringing that up is that you won’t always have Internet access abroad. Sometimes, you might be off-roading, or Heaven forbid, lost. With no Internet, your translator will be little more than a broken plastic toy. But if it works offline, you can still ask locals some basic questions when you need help with something. And Muama Enence doesn’t just work offline. It actually works better than most online apps with regular updates.
In the end, Muama Enence is our pick, and the other four translators are on the list because they come really close to it. If you’re interested in buying a Muama Enence translator, we’re offering a 50% discount and free shipping on all orders. Those of you who buy three Enence translators will get two absolutely free of charge. And if the product doesn’t work for you, there’s a 60-day money-back guarantee. So, what are you waiting for? Call now and get your translator today.
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