Best iPhone calculator app for students

Best iPhone calculator app for students

MyScript Calculator for iPhone is the perfect option for students. It uses an input we are all familiar with, our own handwriting, and not only recognizes the equations you write, but works them out for you.

If you're a high school or college student with an iPhone, you've probably noticed the abundance of calculator apps available in the App Store. While some have specific uses such as finance calculators or engineering calculators, you probably won't need all the functions they offer while studying for a calculus exam. When it comes to schoolwork, math symbols and shift keys on calculators can not only be confusing, but tedious to use, especially if you make a mistake and have to start over.

When you launch MyScript Calculator, you're be presented with a blank sheet of what looks like graph paper. Start writing equations and MyScript will start auto converting what you're writing into typed text to make it cleaner (think OCR for math). This also gives you more space to freehand write as you go. For example, if you draw a division sign underneath a block of numbers you've already written, the content will be moved upwards so you can continue working. If you make a mistake, just scribble a number out and it will disappear. What's more, MyScript will automatically start calculating for you.

MyScript supports basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots, exponential equations, and more. There's also an option for degree and radian toggles. They'll automatically appear as you use them, or you can permanently enable them to from the settings menu. When solving for an unknown variable, simply put a question mark where you'd like MyScript to fill in the answer. You can also share any equations you solve with someone else via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

Many scientific and graphing calculator apps can sometimes put a pretty big dent in your wallet. MyScript can perform a lot of the same tasks in a more natural way, and it's free. So, if you're a student looking for the best calculator option for your iPhone, make sure you give MyScript a try.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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Best iPhone calculator app for students


Please tell us at the start of the review (not at the end) whether the app you're reviewing or recommending is a paid or free app. Many of us won't be bothered with an app if you have to pay for it. Thank you.

This just makes you look like a complete "spaz" as your name would assume. First of all, if it says it at the end or the start, you can still see it clearly. The majority of apps that are paid apps are much better than the free apps, this is clearly seen from the top downloaded apps in the app store. I can only imagine you're someone who pirates films and music, how can you be so stingy to not buy an app by just seeing that it has a price tag

This is a cute calculator that is not very useful. Any math students will find it too weak for even college algebra. I recommend PocketCAS to my students. It's a great calculator and it's even useful for Calculus. It's more pricy that most apps, but it's less than 1/5 of the price of a decent calculator and it does most things that a student will need.

Yes not only should price be mentioned but are you even allowed to use this for a test?

While it is great for studying to have an APP....if you can not use it to take the SAT/ACT, or have your phone out in class in high school, or use it in college during a test (because it has the internet) what is the point of the app if the device itself is not allowed?

Why buy $200 Jordan's to go to the club, if gym shoes aren't allowed?

This one calculator is a nice toy for people who don't need to make calculations.
If you want a fantastic free calculator, I recommend popCalc. Just simple and very powerful.