One of the cooler (though not coolest, as that’s Angry Birds) aspects of iPhone and iOS development is its potential to make a real difference in the lives of professionals everywhere. We’ve seen apps that help surgeons perform better, and though Car Calculator Basic (Robert Srahol) won’t exactly save your life, it will make a real difference when you need to make a speedy valuation of a car, whether you’re buying or selling it. The app is a one-stop wonder for the car salesman in need, and for our full thoughts on this ace business application, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
If Car Calculator Basic is like anything, it’s most similar to the online service BlueBook. The app makes it quick and (relatively) painless to rapidly appraise the monetary value of any car, regardless of make, model, year, condition and mileage. The app does not, however, require an Internet connection, which makes it ideal for that deal made at the far end of the car lot, leagues apart from the Wi-Fi router.
The app works because it is essentially just a front-end for a complex mathematical equation. Car Calculator Basic asks the user to input various information about the car, including its condition as rated on a scale of A to D, as well as the vehicle’s mileage, model year, and manufacturer. Car Calculator Basic then takes this information, churns it through its computational software, and returns an end value for the model. It’s simple and blissfully easy to manage, especially if you have to do a valuation while a customer is eagerly awaiting a reply.
Design and Integration
But though we love the app’s simplicity, we do wish it came with a few more bells and whistles. Car Calculator Basic will create a PDF of each report that can be emailed, but we might like a bit more integration with online services, like the aforementioned BlueBook. Not only would it be a great way to include the app in infrastructures already in place, but it might appease the customer a bit more as well. Adding a second—or third—reference might very well help to speed the selling process along.
Aside from that complaint, we generally adored the simplistic interface. There isn’t an unnecessary button to be found, and the data entry process is unbelievably intuitive.
Car Calculator Basic is certainly expensive, clocking in at a whopping $11.99 in the App Store. However, for that money users can enjoy the service on their iPad and iPhone, which adds to the bargain. And ultimately, if you have an express need to perform these kinds of valuations on a daily basis, the twelve bucks spent will save you hours in combined working time, as well as a few math-induced headaches.
Car Calculator Basic requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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