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Travel With GlobeConvert For Currency & Unit Conversions On The Fly [iOS]

Saikat Basu 13-11-2012

Travel With GlobeConvert For Currency & Unit Conversions On The Fly [iOS] globeconvert introThe Americans use ‘gallon’ and the British (and many other Commonwealth nations) use the ‘liter’. The United States and Great Britain may be separated by a common language, but it doesn’t always make things easier…especially for the person who is not used to crossing the Atlantic frequently. Converting units from one standard to the other is a matter of practice and mathematics. Phileas Fogg would have had a problem as he went traipsing around the world, but not you.


Why? Because these days you can easily lay your hands on unit converters and currency converters to carry around on your smartphones. Just such a travel companion is GlobeConvert that goes perfectly with your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (requires iOS 4 or later). GlobeConvert is a free application (with advertisements) that easily converts common units of measurements to the ones you are used to. More importantly for the international traveler, it handles currency conversions in real time too.

Note: You can buy the Pro (ad-free) version for $0.99.

Why (Accurate) Currency Conversion Is Important?

More than unit conversions, currency conversion in real time is the thing you should be fastidious about. Exchange rates keep on appreciating and depreciating. More so with a connected global economy. Misunderstood differences in cents or dineros mean that all your payment calculations in a local currency end up being wrong. It could also mean that you end up being fleeced. Even in the days of credit card swipe, physical money does exchange hands. Updated information on exchange rates is important for buying trinkets or brokering business deals.

Keeping GlobeConvert Close By

GlobeConvert covers 190+ currencies from around the world. That should cover the rarely used currencies too if you plan to visit out of the place spots on the world map. When it comes to the standard units, GlobeConvert has 10 types of converters and 80+ units for you to pick from. So, let’s not tax our brains anymore, but throw a few numbers at the app.

GlobeConvert opens with the default view set on currency conversion:


ios unit converter

You can set the two currencies of your choice by tapping on the arrow and choosing from the long alphabetical list of currencies. As you can see I am trying to convert from USD to Euro.

ios unit converter

Going back to the currency conversion interface, the swap button on top-tight is for the reverse exchange rate if you want to go from Euro to USD. The current exchange rate is mentioned in small type just below the amount boxes. You can click on the refresh control next to it to load it again. I couldn’t find the source from where the exchange rate is taken, so that it something the developers should look into and explicitly mention.


The Other Converter Types

Currency conversion is just one facet. Tapping the top unit box takes you to the other types as you can see in the screen below.

unit conversions iphone app

For instance, I want to check out a few conversions for volume. Gallons to Liters maybe. The process of choosing the different unit types is pretty much similar. If you are heading to the bar instead of the gas station, you can check out measures like the U.S. pint (though I don’t see an Imperial pint there).

ios unit converter


In the end, whichever measuring units and currency conversions you use more than others, you can favorite them and keep them on the Favorites list. The Favorites list gives you quick access to the measures and don’t have to hustle and bustle setting up the units.

Related topics: Currency Exchange, Travel, Unit Converter.

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  1. Muhammad Ahmad
    November 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Would you like to please suggest some desktop currency convertor?

    • Saikat Basu
      November 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Try these websites - 10 Websites For Unit Conversions & Calculations [//www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-websites-unit-conversions-calculations/]

      And, for a desktop aid...look into: ESBUnitConv

      • Muhammad Ahmad
        November 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        I am really thankful for the help. It will really helpful for me in future. Thanks again.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Oops, I am sorry. Missed the fact that you want a desktop currency converter.

      The XE app for Windows 8 could be one - http://www.xe.com/tools.php

      For other Windows versions, you can try Real Time Desktop Currency Converter (though I haven't tried this) - http://download.cnet.com/Real-Time-Desktop-Currency-Converter/3000-2066_4-10887585.html

  2. Boni Oloff
    November 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Wow, cool. Converting everything according to the position in the world.

  3. Chew Jian Yue
    November 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

    This is a definitely an app for me if I have iOS. I can use it and convert currency on the go which keeps me relieved, when I am trading.

  4. Anonymous
    November 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I use the Unit Converter app by Wopnersoft, which has more scientific functions than you can shake a stick at, but, like Globeconvert, lacks the most useful function of all for travellers - a clothes size converter. I've always had a converter on my Windows phone, but the only part that ever got regularly used was the clothes size converter. American sizes and English sizes are even harder to reconcile (being similar) than what we call "continental" sizes in the UK. Now I've moved to Android I haven't found one with that function yet.
    By the way, with reference to the divisive common language, we use litres here not liters, and we don't understand them either :-) They were forced upon us by the Government to make their regular tax-hikes more difficult to spot. We have to convert the litres to gallons to make sense of it (our gallons, that is - the original one, not your bastardised American version) so we do need that part of the converter too.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Hey Bob, that's a very interesting feedback. Might I suggest that you take a look at - Clothing Size Conversion [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jeffrich.android.clothingsizeconversion&hl=en]

  5. sergio
    November 14, 2012 at 8:04 am

    for currency convert, xe.com is really much better. You can have simultaneously many conversions in the same time.
    You enter for example 1 euro and you can have the conversion in GBP, USD, CAD, Vietnamese dong , etc at the same time. You set the list of currency in settings.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      True. For currency conversions, XE.com gives you whole universe. It is a known forex site.