Calculator LCD Does What You Need On iPad [Review]

You wait for ages for a calculator, then two come along at once. Following on from Sums which we reviewed the other day, here’s Calculator LCD, a smart-looking one dollar desktop-style calculator for iPad.

It sports a lovely clean look, with big clear buttons and a traditional-looking LCD-like digits display. The layout reminds you of the desktop calculators you used to use, and works just as well in portrait orientation as it does in landscape.

There are some nice features. You can toggle the display between 1970s-yellow and a more sombre dark-on-light grey. Button click sounds are togglable too.

The tax calculation functions are particularly useful. Tap the “tax rate” item in the main display to adjust how much tax is being charged at, then simply make use of the “tax+” and “tax-” buttons in calculations.

Another display widget shows the sum of what’s in the calculator’s memory, another helpful little extra.

Since Apple still hasn’t seen fit to put its own calculator app on the iPad (something I expecting to see in iOS6), Calculator LCD is a worthy and beautifully designed alternative, at a reasonable price. That said, at least Apple’s calculator provides scientific functions when you spin it sideways, and this third party app is limited to the basics.

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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