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CALC12CS {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

Calc12CS is a scientific calculator and is released by JohnCC.

This is a development of Calc12C, and is a financial/statistical/scientific/programmable calculator.”

It is true that the Touchpad has a built in Calculator, however, it is pretty basic in functionality. If you need to find out the cosine of 89, you are out of luck.

This application gives you a wide range of of scientific functions that anyone doing advanced maths or physics will find very useful.

The calculator fills up a large amount of the Touchpad screen, but can be Portrait or Landscape, but does not make full use of the screen size available.

As soon as you start to use the calculator it becomes immediately clear that you need to read the instructions for the application, as this is a complex tool. Let’s be honest the instructions are a 211 page PDF for the original device, and not for the application itself.

Even simple functions like clearing the current calculation is not a simple task, there is no clear or on/off button to restart the calculations.

Some functions are hidden away, as I noticed I managed to make a padlock appear next to the screen before 

The user interface is nicely layout out, but far too complex, like most scientific calculators.

On the upside:

  • Nice user interface.
  • Useful tool for people needing the scientific functionality.

On the downside:

  • A very niche application.
  • No preferences or built in help within the application.

Overall, this application is good if you have used the real world device before, but for those looking to just pick up and use the application will find it fair to complex. The developer really need to put more in-app help into the application, as the quick overview on the webOSNation download page is just not enough. If you are looking for a more basic calculator stick with the built in calculator application.

Rating: 68%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Calc12CS – JohnCC

 
 

MATH QUIZ JR {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (71%)

Math Quiz Jr is an educational app released by THEONE-CZE.

“Math Quiz Jr is a simple yet effective math quizzing application. Practice addition, subtraction, division, multiplications and fractions. Math Quiz Jr gives provides immediate results. Choose your quiz size, type, and difficulty in this easy to use application. You can also keep track of your score. This application is perfect for kids to practise their math skills.”

Math Quiz Jr, is not the first educational tool for webOS and there are several options on the HP App Catalog. However, this is not to say it is a welcome addition to the Preware list of applications.

The application always you to set up a quiz to help you test your maths knowledge. You can go straight for a Quick Quiz, or you can change the options from the set up quiz or the options screens. The options changes stay (for the quick quizs) and the set up quiz options are just for a single quiz, but the options will remain in the set up quiz page. 

The quizs themselves are nicely laid out with the question at the top, a list of 4 options for the answer in the middle, and a next button to submit the answer and move onto the next.

When an answer is submitted you will be told if it was correct or not, within a quick pop up window to show the correct answer.  

The options for the quiz are a little limited at they cover the higher ranges of numbers, so you are not really able to focus on times tables below 12 for younger children, which is a shame. You can also select how many questions are in the quiz, between 5 and 100.

The user interface is simple, but has the basics covered.

On the upside:

  • Well designed maths quiz.

On the downside:

  • Limited selections if you want for younger kids. (you can set below 10, but a 20 option would be nice)

Overall, this application offers a good range of maths questions and it is really difficult to tell want age group this applications is aimed at, I feel it maybe be between 9-12. With some tweaks I feel it could be opened up for younger kids with more basic add, subtract and multiplication (you cannot really have what is 12 x 12). If you are looking for an maths application it is certainly worth the download to see if it fits your needs.

Rating: 71%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Math Quiz Jr – THEONE-CZE

 
 

PEG PUZZLE: ABC 123 [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (82%)

Peg Puzzle: ABC 123 is a digital peg jigsaw game and is released by Pulse Apps.

“Peg Puzzle: abc 123 is a digital take on the classic children’s wooden peg puzzle toys. A fun and interactive way of learning, the game helps to develop fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, logical thinking skills and can also be used as a tool to help develop vocabulary.”

The application allow you to select from three different peg board, these are:

  • Letters a-z (Lower case)
  • Letters A-Z (Upper case)
  • Numbers

Once selected a peg board will appear with slots for six randomly selected characters in that theme. The letters has the full alphabet and numbers go up to 20.

There is a bar at the top of the screen to select the numbers or letters (depending on the board selected), these are listed in order and the child needs to press the arrows to move to the correct page to match the peg. The child then selects the peg and pulls it onto the same number or letter on the board.

Once all six number or letters are placed the game plays the sound of applauding. 

The graphics of the pegs are nicely done, there is music in the application, only sound effects when the pegs are placed and the end of the game.

This app is aimed at the two to four years old, and as my daughter is four I gave it to her to test it. She enjoyed the application. I would say that a 4 to 5 year old is the perfect age for this one as it covers what my daughter is currently learning at school and bedding in the basics. It was good to see her quickly scrolling the top bar to get to the correct area to find the number or letter she was looking for.

On the upside:

  • Easy to use interface.
  • Great for kids between 3 and 5.

On the downside:

  • Does feel a little bit too educational, but my daughter did not seem to mind.
  • A bit lacking on the sound and music side.

Overall, this is a great application if you have kids under five. I was nice to watch my daughter using the application and scrolling through the numbers to find the number she was looking for, fun and educational what more could a parent want? It would have been nice to have shapes (as my daughter is learning them at school too), but that would have been a very limited amount of pegs. Anyway, well worth a download for those kids or grand kids.

Rating: 82%

Size: 20.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.29

Link: Peg Puzzle: abc 123 – Pulse Apps

 

SIMPLE DICE PLUS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (60%)

Simple Dice Plus is a dice roller application released by Codix.

“This application intention is to replace the dice that you usually use in many games, it generates a random number between 1 and 6. You can choose if you want to see numbers or dots in the screen.”

The application is a basic dice rolling application.

It allows you to roll a single virtual six sided dice and show the results in either dots or as a number.

The dice can be triggered to change by tapping the screen or shaking the device.

There are no real options or preferences in the application, just the ability to change between dots or numbers.

The user interface is basic, but functional.

It is hard to give this application a fair rating, the application does what it sets out to do, it turns your dice into a virtual simple dice and does it well. However, for 79p it is just not enough. There are lots of dice rolling applications on the HP App Catalog that do more than this application and are the same price or free.

There are lots of role players out there who want dice rollers that give you access to twenty sided dice and the links, and there are even board games that need 2 six sided dice added together. For people wanted these types of dice rollers this application will be a disappointment.

On the upside:

  • Simple application.
  • Does the job it set out to do.

On the downside:

  • Limiting the app to one dice makes the market far to niché, role players are always looking for dice apps.
  • Not optimised to use the full screen on the Touchpad.

Overall, this is a simple little application that sets out to do as the developer planned. The problem really is that it to too simple for what people want. The option to select the number of dice or even the type of dice for the role players out there would surely widen the market for this application. Hopefully the developer will add some more options soon.

Rating: 60%

Size: 5.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Simple Dice Plus – Codix

 
 

TRAVEL INTERPRETER – MULTILINGUAL PHASEBOOK [IOS] – REVIEW (82%)

Travel Interpreter – Multilingual Phrasebook is an electronic phrasebook and is released by Jourist Verlags GmbH.

“The Travel Interpreter is a talking, illustrated phrasebook which translates English words and phrases into 28 languages. The programme offers you the unique opportunity to communicate abroad without any special language skills, as it can simply speak the translation as required. Easily understandable illustrations make communication even easier.”

When you open the application you can immediately browser the 28 languages on offer and select the one you are looking for. Most major languages are covered here, most of the European and Business languages can be found, but smaller countries are not covered.

Travel Interpreter then offers categories to select from, like the Basics, Hotel, Food/Drink, Health etc.

You then drill into this categories, and subcategories are given. So for the basics you are given items like ‘First Need Phrases’. Saying Hello, Introductions etc.

From here you are presented with the phrases. They have a nicely drawn image of the phrase, the phrase in English and the selected language and best of all you can play the phrase in audio form. The sound recording is generally excellent and easy to make out.

You can even bring up the phrase full screen, which is useful for education or practicing the language.

There is a search phrase box, but I could not get it to return the information I wanted, with even Hello and Goodbye coming back with no results.

The user interface is well designed making it easy to navigate and find the words you are looking for, with sections like apologies, gratitude etc. 

On the upside:

  • Easy to navigate phrase sections.
  • Most of the phrases you will need for a conversion are here.
  • Universal.

On the downside:

  • The “search phrases” does not work well.
  • A large app to keep on your device.
  • Not all the languages are covered.

Overall, this is a very useful tool to have on you, especially if you are planning to travel to several countries (like a Mediterranean cruise) or you are a business traveller. Having a huge selection of languages and phases at your fingertips is very useful indeed. 

Rating: 82%

Size: 692 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99

Link: Travel Interpreter – Multilingual Phrasebook – Jourist Verlags GmbH