With the iPhone having Web capabilities — and Google offering a Web-based translation service — you’d think using your iPhone to ask "Where’s the men’s room?" in a variety of languages would be a breeze, no?
No, indeed. As
But because he’s a software etc., Hutchinson hunkered down with a fellow programmer from the London office and coded up an iPhone interface for Google Translate. It’s actually a browsable option on Google, so there’s no software to download/install.
Sez Hutch, "Google Translate for iPhone is optimized for speed, supports all of the
existing Google Translate language pairs, and uses a client-side
data-store on your iPhone to hang on to your past translations so you always have them at hand, even if you can’t use the local data network." Testing it on a trip to Austria and Italy, he found he could get between 200 and 400 translations in 1MB of data download, which amounted to about 400 phrases for less than $10 when roaming internationally. (As usual, your mileage may vary.)