Review Yandex.Translate – offline translator & dictionary
A bare bones phrase translator
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 06 May 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Lots of languages, good for simple phrases, simple interface
Weak functionality, old fashioned design, is lagging
Yandex.Translate for Android aims to offer you some simple language translation. Speak or type simple phrases and have them translated to your desired language. This one is fast and easy and intended for translations on the go.
Yandex.Translate displays in both portrait and landscape, though landscape is perhaps a tad more convenient to use landscape, since it places both your original phrase and the translated text side by side, which just makes things easier to read at a glance. The app seemingly can translate any source language to any destination language. I didn't count them all, but the list of languages it handles is exhaustive, and pretty close to every tongue known to mankind. Just select your source language, then set your destination language from a vertically scrollable list. From there, you can either type a phrase manually, or tap the speech icon and speak it aloud. Both features would come in handy, depending on the situation you find yourself in.
The translations themselves were a bit laggy and didn't always kick in right away, and sometimes, failed to deliver a translation entirely on the first try. Also, the app presentation is rather bare bones and dry, just placing plain black text atop a modestly stylish pale yellow and stark white interface. It's also worth noting that the translator does not speak translated text back to you. Be aware that you have to clear your previous phrase by hitting the X icon near your original text, otherwise, your next phrase will just be added to your first, and both will be translated.
Yandex.Translate might be a decent choice for those quick phrases you need translated on the fly, however, the sluggish performance kinda kills my confidence that it will function when needed.