Add The App That Should Have Been On Your iPad In The First Place [iOS Tips]

Add The App That Should Have Been On Your iPad In The First Place [iOS Tips]

Ever try to do a quick bit of math on your iPad when it was fresh out of the box? What’s up with that, Apple? Where’s the app that comes with every iPhone and iPod touch, the calculator? Well, today, we’ll point you in the direction of a good free one, so you can add the functionality that should have been on your iPad to begin with.

Big Calculator Free is a basic calculator with big colorful buttons, a paper tape for tracking allt he math you do, and no ads. All for free. You can updgrade to the full version, which has custom colors and such, or you can purchase a $0.99 gameboy skin if you’re into that sort of thing.

Once you download the free version from the App Store and launch it on your iPad, you’ll see that there’s a lot there for no money down. The record of your mathematical operations in the form of the paper tape can be emailed within the app itself, or copied to the clipboard for inclusion in whatever document that happens to need it.

Say you don’t want the running tally down the left side? Just turn your iPad to the portait layout (straight up and down with the Home button to the bottom and the volume buttons to the right) and Big Calculator Free will fill all the space with the calculator buttons.

Sure there may be fancier calculators out there, but this one fits the bill, especially when you need to calculate the tip on it at the restaurant. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • mr_bee

    Looks good. For the record “Calcbot” made by the great Tapbots developers (Tweetbot, Covertabot, etc.), was the first to do the “paper tape” thing.

    Their’s costs $1.99 though and this one is free.

  • Blake Beavers

    GET CALCBOT FOR $2

  • BigJacktheMac

    Not as elegant in form or function as Digits…

  • SmittyRedcard

    The free version of pCalc is very nice. If you want to add things like multiple registers, more themes, unit conversion, etc., the total price would be $10, but even free is as good as or, maybe, better than this.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Games and Tips Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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