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Gestulator swipes its way to Windows Phone 8

Gestulator

Gestulator is a gesture based calculator app for your Windows Phone. We took a look at the app some time ago and found it to be an interesting, handy calculator app.

Gestulator was recently updated to provide Windows Phone 8 support that also addresses a few stability issues. The Windows Phone 8 support allows the app to be compatible with all screen sizes and overall, the app seems to have a little more zip.  If you're looking for a basic calculator with a speedy interface, Gestulator is worth trying.

Gestulator

The foundation of Gestulator is that arithmetic functions are controlled by gestures. You continue to tap in your digits but everything else is gesture based that includes:

  • Swipe up to add
  • Swipe down to subtract
  • Swipe to the right to multiply
  • Swipe left to divide
  • Tap to backspace
  • Double-tap the screen to delete a figure

In addition to the core mathematical functions you have additional gestures that include:

  • Tap/hold a value to copy
  • Double swipe up to square a figure
  • Double swipe down to determine the square root
  • Double swipe left for a percentage
  • Double swipe left to x-1

The double swipe gestures isn't two consecutive swipes, but a two finger swipe. For the most the gestures were responsive and once you get the hang of things, Gestulator is a quick way to handle basic math problems. The only gesture that didn't seem to work too well is the tap/hold to copy.

If for any time you need a refresher on the various Gestulator gestures, just tap the "i" in the upper left corner to pull up the help section. As you start using the calculator, the "i" will disappear and you just tap in the upper left corner to access the help screen.

Gestulator is a handy calculator app for your Windows Phone 8 device and once you get used to the gestures, you can zip through your calculations. Gestulator is a free app that you can find here in the Windows Phone Store.

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Reader comments

Gestulator swipes its way to Windows Phone 8

12 Comments

Honestly, it seems silly to me. When using a gesture takes longer than pressing a button, it's a misuse of the interface. Swipes for navigation is great, but function, not so much.

I agree. It's cool that the app has bigger numeric keys on the display, but I'd rather tap a button for functions; at least the basic ones.

Yeah, i looks like a gimmick. Typing the traditional way(with on screen buttons) would be much faster.

Hi, I'm the developer of the App. :)

Time taken in a gesture vs. a button tap is surely debatable. But, the App is free, give it a try and you might find it easier to use. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the stock Calculator.

I just wanted to develop a different type of Calculator, I came up with gestulator. And you can check the reviews, many Users find it great and useful.

Hi, I'm the developer of the App. :)

Time taken in a gesture vs. a button tap is surely debatable. But, the App is free, give it a try and you might find it easier to use. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the stock Calculator.

I just wanted to develop a different type of Calculator, I came up with gestulator. And you can check the reviews, many Users find it great and useful.

I'm open to freedom of development for sure, just giving a personal opinion about the use of navigation vs. functional operations. I see the same thing in my job in real life, people don't want to have to remember what swipe direction does what for something that impacts the results of that choice in some manner that makes you have to restart something. That said, im glad your app is getting good reviews! :-)

Wow this was a pleasant surprise. I thought it would be ridiculous and not practical but actually pretty easy to use and after a day of testing I'm replacing the original calculator app with it for now!