Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Windows 10 System Apps Review: Calculator

Note: This page is a review which forms part of the post Windows 10 System Apps Review

What’s this app for?

Every human brain’s favourite energy saving implement. The humble calculator is given the universal app treatment by Microsoft and comes out of it very well. There’s little missing from this app, other than perhaps it visually looking appealing, but this is Windows 10 apps for you! The calculator side of things has all the standard functions, plus scientific and a sophisticated programmer option. There’s a highly useful date calculation option along with the extra bonus of numerous units of conversion that we all need to work out every week when we can’t remember how many miles there are in a kilometre.

Does it do the job it was primarily designed for?

Yes, and very well, with bells and whistles on top.

The standard calculator has all the buttons you’d expect, including square root, percentages, and a decent memory, which includes the ability to go back over every calculation you’ve made. The scientific option adds in all those things every student will need, with log, sin etc. although it does feel a little like it possibly misses some of the functions I remember on my school calculator. The programmer option though is pretty good, enabling hex, oct, bin and decimal calculations of sophisticated heights.

The date calculation does exactly what you’d think, although it’s amazing how many times I Google for this information rather than remember that this app does the job as well. Set two dates up, and the different in years, weeks and days is displayed. A whole lot easier than getting the calendar and abacus out.

The ability of this app doesn't stop there though, because there are 12 different units of measurement underneath it’s converter section that allows you to do what we all used to hunt down the inner pages of a diary for in years gone by, but can now do at ease. Volumes, Lengths, Weights, Temperatures, Energy, Area, Speed, Time, Power, Data, Pressure and Angles can all be converted from a variety of units at ease. Just input the number and the answers are there on view:


What’s the alternative?

Well, there are other apps in the store, of which I imagine might be better for more sophisticated scientific calculations, if you need waves and graphs up on your screen. The original win32 application is of course gone.

Hit, Miss, or Maybe?

Hit; three decent calculators and full of extremely handy unit converters, this app easily does the job of what you’d expect from a default app.

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