PhotoMath is a very interesting app in theory. Yes, it would be great to get help on your math homework from your smartphone. Yes, it would be convenient if that app could assist you through a simple picture of the problem. And yes, it would be beneficial for said app to give step by step instructions on how to solve the problem. These are all things PhotoMath does, at least in theory.
However, while the app looks great and, in a sense, functions perfectly well, there are some major flaws that must be addressed before it can be considered a quality app.
PhotoMath – The Good
PhotoMath really does have a straightforward set-up. Its free for everyone.
It takes on a more minimalist design so that it may better focus on the functionality of the app, which is great. I like the fact that the app isn’t tacked on with needless bells and whistles.
Taking pictures of math problems was also very easy. The app does not actually require you to snap the picture. Once a math problem is presented in the given field, the app automatically scans it and give you the solution/steps to solve it. It takes out a rather tedious step and further streamlines the already streamlined process.
It can further solve graphs and visual mathematical problems. If the child or parent (or even a teacher) need to understand how a certain sum needs solving, there is easy to understand tutorial within the app which is pretty basic and works like a classroom chalk board and teacher setting.
If you’re not a tutorial person then there is also the step-by-step explanations how the sums were solved.
PhotoMath – The Bad
While PhotoMath is the greatest app out there for math problems… the only set back is that children will use their brain less and the app more.
With that being said, the app is apparently great. So this bit… is a real tragedy… :/
As of right now, PhotoMath is a great solution for everyone including parents and teachers (apart from students).
The app excels at solving equations, graphs, sucky algebra, decimal stuff, the usual bits like fractions and arithmetic and some advance stuff like trigonometry, logarithms as well.
The app could make students complacent, which will stifle creativity and ingenuity. Not that any teacher worth their merit would really allow students to use their phones during math class, but its an overall a great breakthrough… would have helped me a lot in my time!