Our recent article on the top 6 calculator apps for Android was a big hit, and since then we’ve been getting search inquiries about iOS. You asked for it, and we are delivering. We’ve searched out Apple’s app store for our favorite 6 calculator apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. Since there was a wide disparity in cost of apps, we set the ground rule that we were searching for apps that cost less than $5. In fact, this list turned out to be our favorite 6 iPhone calculator apps for under $3.
#1 Graphing Calculator+ by xNeat.com
Graphing Calculator+ is our pick for the best all around iPhone calculator app. It greatest strength is that it does so many different things well. Age calculator A switch button takes you easily between the calculators different modes. Those modes are graphing, scientific, handwriting, a polynomial calculator, and linear equations calculator. There’s still room for improvement. In particular, we wish the scientific calculator had fractions, and that the grapher had trace. But the app is simple and powerful, and the fact that it automatically finds max, min, intercepts, and intersection points pretty much makes up for the lack of trace.
#2 Graphicus by Serafim Chekalkin
We are huge fans of Graphicus. If only every graphing calculator were this easy to use. No need to read the user manual here, just jump right in. Graphicus brings you almost all the information you could want about Cartesian, polar, and parametrics graphs in an incredibly elegant interface. Trace, extrema, inflection points, tangent lines are all readily available with a few taps of your finger. On the downside, there is no simple scientific calculator. It’s also a minor bummer that there’s no 3D in an app that’s 100% focused on graphing, but there’s only one app on this list that has 3D.
#3 Symbolic Calculator by Janos Barkai
If you need a CAS for your iPhone, this is the app for you. For those who have used a TI-89, you’ll feel right at home with with Symbolic Calculator. The focus of this app is it’s computer algebra system, and the interface is pretty easy to use for those familiar with Texas Instrument’s CAS calculators. If you’re new to CAS’s, just tap the question mark next to a given command, and an example will pop up demonstrating how to use the syntax appropriately. You can also use this app to graph, although it feels a little counter-intuitive until you get the hang of it, and the graphing features are simplistic compared to some of the other apps on this list.