PhotoMath Review

PhotoMath Review

PhotoMath Review

If you suck at sums, PhotoMath has the answer

Billed as the world’s first ‘camera calculator’, PhotoMath works by pointing your phone at a math problem, framing the suspect sum in the red borders and then within seconds the answer will flash up on-screen like a gift from some incredibly clever gods.

What’s more, if the problem is more convoluted than a simple add or subtract conundrum (such as expanding brackets or advanced equations) then you can tap to reveal the various stages required to reach the answer. As such, it’s a great way for children to appear far brainier to their teachers than they actually are and handy for parents who fail to get their heads around the new-fangled ways of teaching maths that they have in schools nowadays.

PhotoMath works quickly and efficiently – although seemingly only from printed pages and text. If you try to scan hand-written sums then it struggles considerably to work it out and if you try pointing it at another screen then it flatly refuses to work at all.

Features are limited beyond its primary point-and-solve skill, although you can toggle your iPhone’s camera flash in-app to illuminate the sums in low-light areas and get a complete list of recently scanned sums to refer back to at any time. Probably best not tell the kids about it, though – let them work it all out for themselves for now.

Rated 4 out of 5

A fast and effective problem solver that should get even more clever once it supports handwriting recognition.