Langogo Genesis review

Langogo Genesis review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Design

Compared to the last two handheld translators we reviewed (Pocketalk Translator and Travis Touch Plus), the Langogo Genesis has a rectangular chassis that feels less comfortable in the hand.

Langogo is also a little larger than Pocketalk and Travis, but that’s not a bad thing; those devices’ tiny displays made entering Wi-Fi passwords and other text a pain, but Langogo’s display makes it a breeze. It was especially helpful during the initial setup and when we wanted to get started as quickly as possible.

The Langogo Genesis is packaged with a wrist-strap to prevent it from being dropped accidentally during a conversation or stolen from your hand (a risk that is one of the main reasons to use a pocket translator rather than your smartphone while traveling).

Features

Two different modes are available on the Langogo Genesis: a simple translation mode (for example, asking the taxi driver for a receipt) and a conversation mode for two individuals speaking different languages. There are similar devices that are designed exclusively for conversations, so it’s refreshing to have the option.

The Langogo Genesis performed significantly better than others we have tested, but it isn’t perfect as is usually the case with machine translation. I was particularly impressed with its speech recognition capabilities, which handled a variety of accents and the echoing room well.

The Langogo’s pronunciation sounded remarkably natural, and the regional variations prevented any subtleties from being lost in translation.

Those translations require an internet connection, and Langogo Genesis offers three ways to access the internet: Wi-Fi, a removable SIM card (not supplied), or an eSIM. Embedded SIM cards are a relatively new technology and are essentially embedded SIM cards. You can use this by swiping left to access Settings and selecting ‘Global Wi-Fi’. There are various packages available here, which provide various amounts of data for a certain period of time. It’s a feature we haven’t seen before in a pocket translator, but it’s extremely useful.

Despite having English set as the system language, the names of these packages, as well as the instructions, were presented in Chinese. The review unit may be an early model, so we don’t know whether this is a common problem.

Once you’ve set up a mobile data connection, you can use the Langogo Genesis as a mobile hotspot for a variety of other devices, which can be useful when you’re on the go. The translator’s software receives regular updates, but if you’re on the move, you can delay them until you are on WiFi.

Euri, the Langogo Genesis’ smart assistant, can be accessed by tapping the right-hand button on the main screen and can perform simple tasks like currency conversion and navigation using voice control. Nothing that cannot be handled by your smartphone, but since you’ve invested in a data plan, it makes sense to take advantage of it. 

Despite its limitations, the Langogo Genesis is the best pocket translator we’ve seen so far, and it could get even better with future updates.

Pros Cons
Good-sized screen Quite expensive
eSIM for global data Some interface text is in Chinese
Simple to use