“ Type: Calculator „
I got this calculator as a present years and years ago, probably just came out at the time, however they are still being sold today. As a child it was great, a really fun and easy calculator to use; simple yet attractive. Being shaped like a smarty and also really colourful made it great to take to school and couldn't complain about it at all.
Now I'm at university however, it doesn't exactly meet the requirements; it is extremely basic, you won't be able to do any advanced maths on this, combined with the limited functions, limited memory and limited screen size, you're better to sticking to counting your pocket money with it.
The shape is quite nice, it is not bulky, it is just... round... as in it is rather big for a basic calculator but it seems to fit in well where ever you place it. Although a disadvantage to its shape and size is that it is hard to use one handed.
As is apparent from the picture, this review is about a calculator shaped like a big orange smartie. Mine is orange however they are also available in a variety of different colours including yellow, green, pink, purple and blue. In my opinion, orange is the best colour to have as they are of course the best flavour smartie with their delicious orange chocolate filling!
This calculator is about 10cms in diameter. All of the buttons are round and all of the different possible smartie colours are represented with the numbers written in on them white. The On/C button is surrounded by a raised rim of plastic which is moulded to the main body of the calculator. I am not exactly sure why this button is different but I assume this is to stop it from being knocked by accident and clearing the memory when in the middle of a calculation. The display is a simple one line digital display. All of the standard number and function buttons are present in addition to some memory buttons, a square root function and also a percentage button.
The surface of the calculator is curved just like a real smartie which looks great. It is flattened on the base so it can sit on flat surfaces however I find that it can still wobble around when using it like this - especially with the number buttons that are near the edges. It is easier to pick it up with one hand and press the buttons with the other but this can be quite annoying as it prevents you writing at the same time.
It is a basic calculator that doesn't do anything fancy but it looks nice and is useful to have at home in a draw for those occasions when you quickly want to work something out. I have had mine for many years now and it only has occasional use but it is still going strong. I can't remember where I bought it from but it was around £4. I haven't seen any in shops lately and they only seem to be available online from a limited choice of websites. I would recommend searching ebay if you are interested in buying one.
I know that mini varieties of this calculator which are about three inches in diameter are also available. I have a red one and it fits nicely in a pencil case but because of the small size the buttons are much more fiddly than they are on this larger version. I purchased this smaller version from Sainsburys for £1.
So in summary, this is a great looking novelty calculator with basic functions but it is a bit wobbly when placed on a flat surface and used with one hand. This annoys me so for that reason, I will knock off a star and rate it 4 stars. If you are looking to purchase a calculator in the shape of a big orange smartie then this is definitely the item for you!
It was when my old calculator broke and I was on the hunt for a new one that I stumbled across this product on Ebay. I was instantly drawn to it because of its bright and fun look (not something usually associated with calculators!) and for £2.99 I felt that I had to buy it purely for its novelty value!
As I am training to be an accountant, my calculator is a daily essential and this hasn't let me down for the 18 months I have had it to date. There have been no problems with it technically and it also still looks as good as new. The buttons are large which is always a positive feature as if you need to add a large amounts of figures up quickly, there is little chance of pressing two keys at once and having to start all over again!
The only negative I can think of is that it only deals with basic calculations such as adding, subtracting, division and multiplication but to be honest this is all I expected as it was designed as a giant Smartie after all!! So I do also have another calculator at work which I have to use for more complex calculations.
Overall, I think this is a really good product and one which I have received many compliments for. Obviously don't be expecting a top of the range calculator but it is a fun and quirky alternative to a usually dull and boring product!!
I bought this smarties calculator off of ebay a couple of years ago, I think I paid around £2.00 for it and extra for the postage. I can not find any online shops selling it apart from ebay so if you are interested then let the bidding war begin. I origional bought it for myself after my old faithful calculator broke I had owned since I was in high school. I liked the look of the smarties calculator as it looks chunky and has larger buttons. My daughter has now borrowed it from me as she likes quirky items.
As I bought it off of ebay it came with no origional packaging. The calculator is a round shape and nice and smooth with no sharp edges. Its looks like a giant smartie, it has the Nestles and Smarties logo on the calculator above the number display pannel. All the buttons on the calculator are smartie shaped and about the same size as a average smartie and are well spaced out. The calculator is bright orange and the buttons are all different colours that you would find in a tube of smarties red, blue and yellow e.t.c
This calculator has very basic calculating functions such as adding, take aways and dividing but has no functions that you would find on a scientific calculator and would not be suitable for teenage children as you need a scientific calculator for maths at school now a days.
I mainly use it to work out how much money I need to leave in bank accounts to pay certain bills, for this basic use I find the calculator to more than efficient. The buttons are nicely spaced so you do not press two buttons at once and need to start again. The numbers are displayed in a good sized display plannel at the top of the calculator and can be clearly read, even without my glasses on.
I have owned the calculator for two years and there is no signs of wear or tear, the print on the buttons are still like new, I like to give it a wipe with a baby wipe every now and again to remove any dust or bacteria. It now sits on my daughters desk and looks very cool in her room. I have not needed to replace the batteries yet but this would not be a big issue when they need replaced.
It would make a great present or stocking filler for any smartie lover of all ages! Its fun and quirky and also practical but you will have to hunt ebay for one but it may be a collectable of the future one day.
~Are you a Smartie pants?~
My super duper orange Smartie calculator is a fun yet helpful item to own and use that I actually received as an easter gift one year along with a yummy Smartie easter egg. I can't remember how it was all presented as I have had this item for a number of years now, but I can say I was very happy with it when I received it as a gift. As my calculator has given many years trusty service with no issues or problems at all I have continued to be very pleased with it and I would go as far as to say that due to its quirky nature it has to be my favorite way of making things add up!
When I saw you could still buy a version of this little calculator in a well known high street store I felt it was worth reviewing it here on Dooyoo as this is a quirky item that I feel will work well as a gift for either a child or an adult with a love of Smarties. Not only has my own little orange wonder given many years of loyal use without having to have its batteries replaced, the LCD screen is still showing up as well as it ever did and the buttons and functions all work as they did when this was new.
I feel that this is an ideal gift for a younger school aged child in particular as it has just the very basic functions needed that will be allowable under school exam rules for certain situations with permission from teacher. I recall that when such items as calculators have been allowed in lesson times my calculator has sometimes been taken into school by my child and used as a fun yet useful item. I feel that the use of something like this can be a helpful way to introduce children to using a calculator for certain types of maths work, ready for when they move up to secondary school etc.
~A quick tour of the Smartie calculator~
The shape and design of the calculator is nicely rounded with no sharp edges that will catch or scratch when it is in use and the buttons are well placed on the top side of the Smartie ready for use. Whilst the front and back of my calculator is in a funky orange colour, you can get these in other options and I have seen them on sale in pale bubble gum pink most recently. The calculator I have has the Smartie logo on the top centre of the orange plastic case with the Nestle logo sat above that, although there are other versions of the same item that do not have the official logo on them and these do look a little cheaper in finish than the official ones do.
The function buttons on my Smartie calculator are all highlighted in the colours that you might associate with the actual sweets themselves, with them being in a combination of turquoise blue, light brown, zingy yellow, lime green, red and purple. On the original version the buttons are slightly larger than on newer models and I find them simple and quick to use as they are easy to press down on and well spaced from the next button along so that they don't catch on each other at all when they are in use.
The LDC screen has a nice clear display and it is easy enough to read giving clear looking well defined numbers, although has just is a single line type display which has no back lighting or any fancy detailing about it. I feel that had the calculator had a fancier or larger display it could have been more prone to going wrong in the hands of an over enthusiastic user so I don't mind the smaller screen. In this case the screen is small yet clear to view and well protected on all sides by a small but protruding lip, which is part of the plastic outer casing which has made it harder to cause any accidental damage to the display.
The calculator has the usual buttons to enable you to add, subtract, divide and multiply with ease, there are also 3 options for using the memory functions, as well as as a square root and percentage button, plus all the number buttons from 0 to 9 that are needed. The final function buttons are the CE, ON and OFF/ C buttons and these all work as well as they did when the item was new with no sticking or clicking that I have noticed. The back of my calculator has a series of small screw fittings in it that can be removed if you need to access the battery housing cover, although I haven't had to change the batteries so far so cannot comment on how easy it would be to do so.
~Summary, price and rating~
In use the calculator has performed consistently well and the smooth plastic outer casing that makes up the orange Smartie shape has remained in good condition even though it has been dropped a number of times, with no cracking or scratching of any note that would either spoil the look or functionality of the item. I feel this shows that these official Smartie Calculators were built to withstand regular usage with a few knocks and bumps along the way. Having checked recent prices for this item I have found that Argos do sell a version of this that retails for £7.65 and has the same 8 digit display to it, although I feel that the official Smartie versions are a little nicer on the eye as they do look to be of better quality materials.
I have found that the official calculators are most often on sale at easter time and can be found in some of the larger supermarkets along side easter eggs and similar seasonal items, so it may be a good time to hunt one down should you decide you want to buy one. As far as rating the calculator goes I feel it is a super little item that is durable and fun to use and as the little orange Smartie calculator I have is still going strong with no problems of any note, I feel it ought to get 5 stars.