Recently updated and aesthetically refreshed for iOS 7, Calzy by WapleStuff aims to lure users away from the iPhone’s stock Calculator app with a very pretty UI and fistful of clever features. Available as a universal app for iPhone and iPad, Calzy’s new looks bring it right in line with iOS 7: razor thin fonts, a pinch of blur, and a number of color palettes in light and dark variants that together make for an app that is easily more attractive than iPhone’s Calculator.
WapleStuff’s Calzy isn’t just Calculator with a pretty makeover though, as its intro slideshow is quick to let you know. Calculations are shown as you type, swipe down on your calculation to edit and reorder your expression, long press the equal sign to title and bookmark your calculation, long swipe up to view history and bookmarks, and finally tap and hold for additional contextual actions, including AirDrop, email, copy and paste, and more. Calzy’s interesting gesture usage works smoothly, becomes intuitive quickly, and is frequently complimented by lovely animated effects. Rounding out Calzy’s feature set is a handy currency rounding toggle, and the app’s ability to “spell out” results when shifted to landscape orientation, and yes, you can copy that text.
So loads of features, and Calzy does look great, but do you need it? Calzy does make calculating more complicated expressions easier than Calculator, because Calzy displays the expression as you type, and editing said expression I suppose might be useful at one point or another. Bookmarking, and sharing calculations? Nice, but really not necessary for an everyday calculator, and if needed, I can copy results out of Calculator too, or even screenshot it for that matter.
For me, despite WapleStuff’s best efforts, Calculator still has clear advantages. For a basic calculator, Calculator can’t be beat, and if you need to go beyond basic, Calculator doubles as a scientific calculator while Calzy definitely does not (this is actually cited as a feature by WapleStuff in the Calzy App Store description). Finally, Calculator has a huge trump card that no other calculator app can match, instant access via iOS 7’s Control Center. Game over? On the iPhone, yes. Outside some overarching need for an overtly attractive calculator, sticking with the stock Calculator app will be just fine for most. But there may be room for Calzy yet, because as we mentioned above, it happens to also be a universal app, and on the calculator deficient iPad, Calzy makes for a fine, well featured, and yes good looking substitute. This leaves me with a somewhat contradictory final recommendation: skip Calzy on the iPhone, but download it anyway... you might just like it on your iPad.
- No (iPhone) + Recommended (iPad)
Calzy by WapleStuff is $0.99 (50% off launch discount) and is available for iPhone and iPad.