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Platinum Calculator review (iOS / Universal)

June 30, 2011

“So you’re living by numbers
And numbers you answer to”

A calculator app that needs a loading screen ... hmmm

10 word description: Calculator; glass buttons glow when pressed; key history on screen.

10 word review: Nice looking calculator, slightly marred by a few odd features.

The key history would be improved if it removed unnecessary leading zeroes

You will like this if you enjoy: Having more than one calculator app on your iOS device…

Buttons glow when pressed. It looks nice in a screen shot but when you're using it the glow is mostly hidden under your finger...

The good news: It has the potential to be your favourite iOS calculator.

Shame. And I was really hoping this would be the calculator that could divide by zero.

The bad news: Initial load takes 4 seconds. Compare this with the virtually instantaneous load of the default Apple calculator app. No memory function. The sounds of the number keys are much quieter than the maths symbol keys. The key history gets confusing because it doesn’t reset when you start a new calculation. Repeating “=” doesn’t work like any other calculator I’ve ever seen – example… Enter 2+2. Press “=”. You get 4. Now press “=” again. You get 4 again. Every other calculator I’ve ever used would repeatedly add another 2 every time you pressed “=”, and that is what I’m used to. Making a calculator that behaves differently is probably not a good decision. Although it looks good, it doesn’t quite live up to the app store description regarding its appearance. Trivial nitpicking – the key history division symbol is a /, whereas the calculator key symbol is a ÷

The key history easily becomes a confusing jumble... particularly when deliberately messed up by a silly reviewer

Arcadelife verdict: This could be my favourite iOS calculator if a few niggling issues are fixed. It doesn’t need to be overloaded with new features, that isn’t the point of this app, but what is there needs a bit of attention to get it as perfect as possible. This shouldn’t be hard to do; I’ll watch the updates with interest…

How many screen shots does anyone need of a calculator app?

Arcadelife rating: 66/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.00
iTunes link

Sharp Agency website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.3)
iPad (OS 4.3.3)
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