When you’re traveling in a foreign country, you’ll often find yourself needing to figure out how much something costs in your home currency in order to get an idea as to whether what you’re about to pay for is too expensive or not. But you’ll want to do it quickly and even discreetly, especially if you’re already at the cashier and there’s a queue of other customers behind you. (Worst-case scenario: You audibly ask Siri to convert something and people give you embarrassing stares.) To that end, you’d do well to check out Elk, the travel currency converter app from Clean Shaven Apps, the makers of such acclaimed apps as Dispatch, Clips, Timers, and Alive.
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Interactive rates table. On iPhone, this travel currency converter app functions as a handy interactive rates table, enabling you to find out how much something costs at a glance. It picks a suitable starting value and converts its first 10 multiples to your home currency. You can then swipe left to increase these values by a factor of 10, or swipe right to decrease these values correspondingly. If you want more accuracy, you can pull up conversions for in-between values by tapping a value or pressing deeply to Peek and Pop on a 3-D Touch-enabled iPhone.
Custom rates and currencies. If you need to, you can swap and change the currencies. Elk is periodically updated with the latest foreign exchange rates (and can be used offline in the interim), but should you need to specify a different rate, you can set a custom rate in Elk (for example, PayPal’s conversion rates are different from commonly listed ones.)
What is it about?
Elk is not your ordinary currency converter app. Where typical currency converters would ask you to use a numeric keypad to input the precise value you want to convert, Elk would simply ask you to swipe and tap for you to get an idea of how much something costs using your own currency as your fame of reference. Also, Elk is specifically a travel currency converter app on account of its automatic detection of your current location and selection of the right local currency.
For those who...
- often travel to other countries.
- just want to get an idea of how much things cost when you’re in a foreign country.
Not for those who...
- don’t travel outside the country at all.
- want to convert precise values.
Why we love it
Elk is not intended for precise currency conversions. But because of this, it’s able to do away with the cumbersome keypad entry and overloaded information display that characterize most currency converters. It’s meant to be a fast and low-key travel currency converter app, and it’s likely to succeed for the most part, what with its no-frills gesture-based interface and ever-ready availability, in helping you quickly and discreetly get an idea of how much things costs while you’re out shopping, dining, or sightseeing on your international travels.
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App Store Description
Elk is the fastest way to convert currencies on your trips.
It knows where you are, and automatically picks the right currency for you.
It does away with cumbersome keypad entry, and makes converting currencies fast and fun.
On the iPhone, Elk is a handy and interactive rates table.
It picks a suitable starting value, and converts the next ten values to your home currency.
Swipe left to increase these values; swipe right to decrease them. Tap on a value for more accuracy. Or press deeply on an iPhone 6s or later to peek.
On the Apple Watch, Elk is optimized for watchOS 3. It launches instantly, and is ready to convert whenever you raise your wrist.
You tap, swipe and rotate the Digital Crown to convert currencies.
Elk is free to download, and offers a 2-week trial of the Pro version where you have access to all currencies.