There are times in one’s life when they need to measure distance or length, and they don’t have any measuring tape at hand. This is where the best measuring apps for Android come into play, they may not be as accurate as any measuring tape but, they will give you a general idea of the length or distance.
Right off the bat, I’m going to be blunt and say that these apps are not meant to replace your actual tools. So, use these apps when you need a general idea of the distance or length of something and use actual tools for accurate measurements. You won’t be building a new house using Android just yet.
Now that we have established that these apps won’t be replacing measuring tools, they are surprisingly accurate. I completely understand that there are limitations in place when it comes to the technology being used in smartphones these days. Until manufacturers actually introduce a measuring laser or something in smartphones, they won’t be able to measure anything precisely. That is exactly why these apps are actually quite impressive when you think of how close they can get in optimal conditions.
Note: The 5 best measuring apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone as well as Sony Xperia Z. the apps worked fine, and no problems were faced during testing. I have to remind you that these apps are not accurate at all so, they shouldn’t be used for any professional work.
- Free & $16.473
GPS Fields Area Measure
This is one of the most incredible apps on the best measuring apps for Android list because it uses existing technology in an effective way. As the name might have given it away, this app allows you to measure area by using GPS data. All you need to do is run this app, start from one point to another and that’s about it.
I understand that the method I just explained only measures length; in order to measure an area simply make a loop. The only downside is, as the app is using GPS data, it won’t be able to measure small areas, even if it did they will be highly inaccurate.
So, if you are a farmer and want to measure your field, this is the right app for the job. With global positioning services becoming more and more accurate, there will be a time when this app will accurately measure your every step.Show Downloads
- Free & $0.993
Ruler is one of those apps that is so simple that it’s ridiculous but in a very good way. At first, I was thinking that this app will probably take a photo and tell us the length of a line or something but then I actually read the description and was pleasantly surprised.
I’m always caught up in how technology can augment our day-to-day lives that I forgot that an actual ruler can exist on a virtual screen. This is exactly what this app provides, it basically shows a ruler with accurate markings right on the screen.
Place your smartphone down and if it is made in a straight line, which is usually the case, you can draw straight lines. That is all there is to the app basically and it is so ridiculously simple that I had to include it on the list.Show Downloads
- Free & $4.493
ImageMeter allows you to take measurements on an existing image. Unlike other apps on the list, this is not a real-time measurement tool, it uses photos to do all of its measurements.
While it would be pretty cool to get accurate measurements just from a photo, it would be nearly impossible for a normal camera to capture any kind of usable data. This is exactly why you need some kind of reference to make other measurements off.
For example, if you know the height of the ceiling and the length of the room, you can easily place a reference graph on an image and map out an accurate window using this app. The app automatically compensates measurements and angles for possible perspective distortions.Show Downloads
Bosch Site Measurement Camera
This app is also quite similar to the one above and is made by a professional tool company. Does that mean it is better and reliable than the above app? No not necessarily. This app is more about logging in the measurements on an image rather than take measurements themselves.
This will provide you a good place to safe keep images and even send them to your supervisor along with the measurements you took beforehand. The interface is clean and the typing in the measurements is not a big problem here.Show Downloads
This app uses your main camera to gauge the distance between objects and height of an object. Basically, you turn on the app, the camera will turn on and the detection process will begin.
All you need to do is press the distance button to gauge the distance between the camera and the object. The app will then try to guesstimate the distance between you and the subject. If you want the height of the scanned object, all you need to do is to point at the bottom, tap at the height button and press once more at the top.
While this may seem a lot of fancy stuff, in reality, the app is as accurate as your own guess. I think this is a neat app that can be further polished by improving technology, but for now, I would recommend using a measuring tape.Show Downloads
These were some of the best measuring apps for Android and I hope that these apps will help in guesstimating measurements. If you are enjoying reading about how inaccurate apps can be, do try the scale apps for Android list as well, it is bound to make you amused.
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