The Bottom Line:
Practice solving math problems on your phone.
- Excellent customization options – Customize problems in various ways to suit a user’s age or ability. You can set a specific math operation, number of problems, number range, and time limit to work with. You can also arrange the problems in random or ascending order and choose whether to include decimals and negative numbers in the problems.
- Metro-design implementation – For the most part, the app follows Metro-design principles. For instance, the Reports section has pivot pages and the Options page uses the right Metro controls. It doesn’t seem like a haphazardly adapted app for Windows phones.
- Great for all ages – Whether young or old, users will find the app helpful in developing their math skills. Problems can be as easy as adding two small numbers, or as advanced as calculating the cube or square root of a large number.
- No risk – Free trial available.
- Keypad may be confusing – The numbers on the keypad are in the same order as a standard calculator; however, the delete button has been included in the group of numbers, making it awkward to use this function. It would be more intuitive for the user if the keypad were designed exactly the same as the calculator app on the phone.
- No option to erase or group data in Reports – Every single session is recorded in Reports, and the data collected cannot be erased or grouped. If there are multiple users and you want to monitor just one person’s progress, you have to manually sort all of the data in Reports. The absence of this option greatly diminishes the usefulness of the Reports section.
- Room for improvement: Individual profiles and variety of operations – It would be nice if users could create their own profiles and diversify the math operations to work with. Individual profiles would make it easier to keep track of individual progress, and diversifying the math operations would add more challenge and fun to each session.
User interface breaks when too many digits are keyed in – The user interface breaks whenever the input box cannot handle the length of the value you enter, causing keypad buttons—such as CLR—to be inadvertently hidden from view. There should be an error handler for when too many digits are entered into the input box.
Note: This issue was fixed in version 188.8.131.52
- Very helpful data in Reports – Reports provides three different line graphs describing a user’s speed, score, and accuracy. The data can help users correctly monitor any improvement or decline in their problem-solving abilities.
About This App:
Great quizzing game!
4 – 99+ years old
Do your kids need to work on their math basics? Need a refresher yourself? Tired of flash cards? Jack of Math can help you hone your math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, squares, square roots, and more.
In Jack of Math, you can set the range of the operands, the number of problems to test, and control the order and time limit. View graphs of the increase in your accuracy, score, and response time.
Great for kids and adults.
- Allow negative answers toggle was reversed. Fixed.
- Accuracy report Y axis label goes to no more than 102%.
About this Review
Reviewed on: Mar 2nd, 2012
Version Reviewed: 184.108.40.206
WPGirl: 5 year-old girl
All the information in this review is accurate as of Oct 9th, 2012