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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that RealCalc is a real, functional scientific calculator for Android devices. It looks and works just like a standalone scientific calculator, though it does not feel like a scientific calculator as there are no actual buttons to press and feel. RealCalc Plus, which includes a few additional features, is available for $3.49 -- still a bargain compared to traditional standalone scientific calculators that can range from $10 to $60 or more.
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What's it about?
REALCALC is a fully featured scientific calculator that can serve as a replacement for a standalone scientific calculator for many kids. Features include traditional algebraic or RPN operation, unit conversions, percentages, various display modes, and more. The paid upgrade adds features including fractions, degrees/minutes/seconds, and customizable unit conversions and constants. A calculator help section gives written instructions on how to use each of the ten modes, and the calculator holds a results history in its memory.
Is it any good?
RealCalc is a real scientific calculator, just like the name states, and students will find it useful in advanced math and science courses. At free, it's a fantastic bargain, as is the very reasonable paid version. Kids who need to work with fractions will want to opt for the upgrade. Parents may appreciate not having to buy another device, and kids will definitely appreciate having one less device to keep up with. The settings menu allows kids to customize a few specifics to make their calculation entries more efficient based on their preferences (like swapping the % and 1/x functions or using a long click instead of the shift key.) RealCalc is a valuable utility for students.
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