The cool thing about calculators is that they can be as simple or as complex as you can think of. Long gone are the days of having to carry an actual calculator around thanks to smartphones, but it’s fun to see what developers come up with in terms of calculator apps.
YourCal makes it easy to calculate basic math problems as well as 5 of your own custom formulas.
The app, a new iPhone app by Stanley Philippe, also has a few extra features for those who need to make calculations on the fly.
Concept and Functionality:
At first glance, YourCal looks like a basic calculator app that allows users to easily figure out basic math equations.
Looks can definitely be deceiving, though, and this particular calculator app has a few tricks up its sleeve.
The actual calculator function is pretty basic, straightforward and simple to use. There are two other calculator functions located at the bottom of the screen, which is the Formula function and Percentage calculator.
Tapping on Formula takes users to a new calculator interface where they can add values for A, B, C, D, and X and easily solve equations based on those values. The Percentage calculator lets users easily find a percentage of the amount on the Calculator screen.
When it comes to usability, I found YourCal to be pretty easy to navigate. I’ll admit that it took me a little while to figure out how to use the app effectively because there are no instructions or walkthroughs.
I do like the layout of the app, though, and I find that it’s fairly intuitive.
YourCal really shines when it comes to offering users more than just basic calculator capabilities.
As good as the app is, I think there are a few features that would really add to the overall functionality of the app.
The first feature is a calculation log which would keep track of values so users can easily go back and retrace their steps, as well as save calculated values for later reference.
This is a feature that’s rare to find in calculator apps but it’s something that would help to set YourCal apart from the rest.
As I mentioned before, a brief walkthrough of the app for new users would really help them understand the layout of the app, especially how to set up the formula calculator so it can be used effectively. I’d also like to see the ability to save different sets of formulas so users could get even more out of YourCal.
YourCal is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. The app is supported by ads, but I couldn’t find any in-app purchase screens or anything of the sort.
Overall, this is a very good calculator app that offers quite a bit in the way of extra features.
There are a few improvements that could be made, but as it stands it can handle whatever basic math you can throw at it.
YourCal requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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