RealCalc Scientific Calculator

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic, free tool means one less device to keep up with.

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Ease of Play

RealCalc is a functional scientific calculator. It is not meant to be instructional, though, so kids using RealCalc need to be familiar with operating a scientific calculator.


The free version gives users the option to upgrade to the paid version for additional features, such as fractions, degrees/minutes/seconds, and landscape support (and to help support further development). The paid version, RealCalc+, is $3.49. 

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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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Adult Written bydontang November 27, 2014

Same an the real one

This is a great post! I like what you said about that RealCalc. It is convenient for student if you forget your calculator at home. You should see what we'... Continue reading

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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.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Price: Free-$3.49
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Release date: December 13, 2012
  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 0.29 MB
  • Publisher: Quartic Software
  • Version: 1.7.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 1.5 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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