Tapbots, the developer of the slick Convertbot app, has released Calcbot, a universal calculator app for the iPhone and iPad. With the tag line “Calculate Intelligently” Calcbot promises to be an easy-to-use and elegantly-designed app. Its full list of features includes:
- Beautiful, yet simple user interface that comes to life with finely machined animation and sound
- Advanced functions accessible via the innovative SwipePad
- Live as-you-type expression history so you never forget what you entered last
- Calculation history tape that also shows the expression used
- Email your history as text or send values and expressions back the calculator
- Retina display support
- Fast app switching
On the iPhone 4, Calcbot’s interface is crisp enough to do the Retina Display justice and it works smoothly, complete with cute robotic sounds (which can be turned off in the settings). Swiping right reveals scientific functions and swiping down reveals the history tape (a brief tutorial when you first open the app walks you through this).
We reviewed some calculator apps for the iPad a few months ago and two of the three we looked at were iPad-only while one was universal for both the iPad and iPhone. If you own both and iPad and iPhone, a universal app should be on your calculator app shopping list to get the most bang for your buck and Calcbot fits that bill. On the iPad, Calcbot takes advantage of the increased screen real estate by displaying the history tape on the right in landscape mode with the same overall functionality as on the iPhone.
Tapbots has made a video showing Calcbot in action:
Calcbot is on sale for $.99 for a short time only and we recommend you grab it soon if you’ve been looking for an attractive and functional calculator app for your iPad and one good enough to make you stash the iPhone’s stock calculator app in a folder on the last page of your home screen.