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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.


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.