Best mobile plant identification apps: a comparative review
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- Best plant identification apps for mobile in 2023, tested by our editors | CNN Underscored
- Mar 24 2023
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I've used a bunch of the ones on iOS; E.g. iNaturalist, Seek, PictureThis, PlantNet, etc. And I have to agree with their assessment; PlantNet was the best of the free ones on iOS too, IMO... at least in terms of ease of use, UI, and speed. I can't totally vouch for accuracy though, since I'm not a botanist. However, while hiking it identified a bunch of plants that supposedly only grow in my region, so I have to assume those were correct identifications. And we also have a few invasive species in the ravine behind our house that we've received notifications about from the local government in order to help eradicate them, and when I spotted some of those, PlantNet properly identified them too.
I wish they had also tested more general object identification apps like Google Lens in this. I've used lens a few times to ID plants but I wasn't sure how accurate the results were. The stuff that showed up in the results certainly looked similar to what I was looking at, but I know there can be subtle differences between related species.