Developer: Kian Tan
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

iOS Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

The native Calculator app was recently redesigned for iOS 7, and now even includes a scientific mode when turned to landscape view. With more features, iOS users may wonder why they would ever need another calculator app. Calc FLO Pro tries to take what the native app offers and make it better, but some may wonder if the small changes make it worth upgrading.

calc flo pro 3Calc FLO Pro looks a lot like the native calculator app, but its buttons are slightly smaller to provide a larger calculation screen. Unlike the native app, when an expression is entered into the calculator it stays on the screen so users can see everything they’ve entered. The app also features a memory button that is represented by the letter “M” in the lower corner of the screen. Tapping on this button saves answers to the memory for later. Users can then swipe left on the main screen to open the memory and then tap on a number to paste it.

Any time users need to enter a new expression or change a number, they can simply tap on undo last step or tap and hold to clear the expression. This makes entering equations and numbers a lot easier. Another feature that Calc FLO Pro offers is 9 different skins to change the look of the calculator. The skins range from dark and plain to bright and loud. This allows users to personalize the calculator if they desire.

calc flo pro 2calc flo pro 1Aside from mutable sound effects and universal support, the app doesn’t offer any additional features that make it stand out more.  Adding more appealing themes, a larger button option, or even a tip calculator within the app would help it stand out from the crowd.

Calc FLO Pro does offer a few more perks than the native app. I certainly recommend it for the iPad since it has no native iOS calculator. At its current price of $1.99, some users may have a hard time considering whether it’s worth it based on what they already have for free. Fortunately, there is a free version for users to try first. Upgrading to Pro has the advantages of skins and no advertisements.

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