Franklin’s gamble with their Franklin Explorer Global Phrasebook thingie is that you’ll prefer a dedicated pocket translator to an app on your smartphone, if said translator has enough perks.
Well the only real advantage here is that Franklin’s device comes with prerecorded phrases voiced by real people, not computer algorithms vocalizing text. With 800 travel related phrases for every one of its 16 languages (including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Vietnamese), you’re going to be a well prepared traveler, whether you’re looking for a place to stay the night, food, directions, or you’re in an emergency.
Where Franklin’s gamble fails to pay off is in price and size. For anyone traveling, an extra gadget, no matter the size – and this thing doesn’t look big – can be cumbersome. And the $99 price doesn’t do much to sweeten the deal.