As an American living in Ireland, I’m constantly converting numbers: euro to dollar, Celsius to Fahrenheit, kilogram to pound. You wouldn’t think life would be so complicated, but I live on the northern border, which means road signs switch from kilometers to miles. The ultimate goal is not to be constantly looking for an app to tell me the answer, but to develop an understanding of the conversions so I can begin to think it through myself. The Converted by Ideon claims to be a “radical new way to convert.” Rather than answer my questions, the app forced me to dive into the numbers and find my own answers. I’ve always struggled with numbers, so I was skeptical about being converted.
Is The Converted a highly evolved app of the future? Did I join The Collective? Keep reading to find out.
Conversion apps are ten a penny on the App Store and are one of the most popular types of app available today. Each app that can convert feet to inches will do so in the exact same way, so developers have to come up with other ways of trying to make their app stand out above the rest.
The developers behind Camera+, tap tap tap, have released a significant update to their Convert app which, whilst containing more units of measurement than I ever realised existed, it does so in an easy to navigate way while offering some additional functionality that goes beyond simple conversions and really enhances the app.
Apple really went above and beyond with most of the stock apps on iPhone. As much as we hate to admit it, the stock apps are all a lot of people will ever need. Notes, Compass (now with a built-in level!), Weather, Calendar, Camera, and even the Maps app are actually pretty good. Apart from the occasional app I recommend for their specific needs, many of my friends are really content leaving their home screen exactly how Apple set it up.
That being said, there are some apps that Apple neglected to include. They have a Stocks app and a Calculator, but they didn’t include a unit or currency converter to match the World Clock. Vert rectifies this with a beautiful interface that not only matches iOS 7 very well, but also does its own thing with great panache. Many other developers should start taking notes. Read on to find out what Vert does and why it’s so beautiful.
I don’t know what a Celsius is. There, I said it. When someones says it’s 15 degrees, I have really no concept how cold (or hot) that is. I couldn’t tell you my weight in kilograms. Fifty? One hundred? Seven? And don’t even get me started on the difference between a fluid ounce and whatever the other thing is. A dry ounce?
For me and people like me, it sure is nice to have Amount, a neat little conversion app that does for me all that terrible calculating I learned in grammar school and then promptly forgot about. It looks good doing it, too, and Amount knows way more units of measure than I ever did. Will Amount have the features to make it really useful? (more…)
How many yards are in a mile? How many ounces are in a cup? What’s the current conversion rate of dollars to euros? The apps in this post are built specifically to answer these questions.
Today we’ll take a look at three solutions for converting almost everything you can think of on your iPhone. We’ll start with two of the best paid options out there and conclude with a free but adequate alternative.