Best tip calculator app?

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPod touch Apps' started by kasakka, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to New York soon and I could use a good tip calculator. Over here in Finland we don't have a tipping culture so I'm not used to just doing tip calculations in my head, thus an iPhone app would be handy.

    But there's a gazillion of them in the app store. Which one should I get, which ones should I avoid like plague?
     
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    Rat-Boy

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  3. macrumors 6502a

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    I used that one too, and it is very good. I have switched to mTip, however, because it is even simpler and does everything you need on one page. It isn't as attactive, but for straightforward function, I haven't found anything better. (I admit I have stopped looking though, so there may be something else.)

    Here is a link.
     
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    kas23

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    How about your brain? This isn't a smart-ass answer, but just a little advice. Take 10% of the final bill and double it. It's very easy and will be acceptible at any US restaurant.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    Right on the money...(so to speak !!)
     
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    rillo

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    I use TipStar, works well for me.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Since 15-18% is considered standard, this advice would be generous, at least in my part of the US. kas23 is right that it would be acceptable in any restaurant. It most likely would be very appreciated, particularly if the service is special. (I'm not trying to start a flame war about proper tipping levels, honest.)
     
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    sparkomatic

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    I use Tipulator but have to admit, I never use it. I always end up calculating the tip in my head. I just liked the app...lol

    Although, I figure it may come in handy when splitting the check with people...who knows!
     
  9. MSL
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    Another vote for Tipulator. :)
     
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    uberamd

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    Tipscape. I enjoy it, even though I always calculate the tip in my head. ((Bill * .1) * 2), not very hard.
     
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    plinden

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    The tip is usually based on the pre-tax bill, so I usually divide the final total by six and round up (or down if I'm feeling less generous) to the nearest dollar. Assuming 8% tax, that's about 18%.
     
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    Surely

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    How about the stock Calculator App that comes with your iPhone? I don't understand the need to buy another App to do a simple calculation.

    You want to leave an 18% tip? Just enter in the bill amount (the amount BEFORE TAXES) and multiply by .18
    For example, if the bill amount before taxes is $15.32 x .18 = $2.76 tip

    You want to leave a different percentage tip? Just substitute that percentage into the above.

    BTW, I've noticed that some restaurants print the tip amounts on the credit card receipt. It would show you what your tip would be at 15%, 18%, 20%. I like that, but you have to be careful, as they may be basing the percentage on the post-tax amount.
     
  13. macrumors member

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    Haha yeah i have to agree. It's the easiest thing to do and it's free.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    agreed
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    just double the tax, most states are going to be 7-8% tax anyways
     
  16. Hmm
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    I like CheckPlease Lite, which is free, and also allows you to split the bill and round the totals. Sure I could use the calculator app, but I couldn't resist the cool dials for tip percentage and number of people in your party.
     
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    labman

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    personally

    I say the 10% works well $55 bill 10% 5.50 15% $7.75 20% $11.00 not hard to work out between 15%-20% the other simpler way is then grade your service 15% average 20% vg if they were amazing sometimes I go as high as 25% bit these are rare birds price of meal say $63.40 now open Calculator app already on iphone. and lets say you decide 17% to be difficult 63.40 X 0.17 your tip would be 10.78 or I would round up $11 now you can spend that money on other apps.

    NY2GO

    Frommer's New York

    New York subway

    well you get the idea! IMO you really don't need a tip app! ;)
     
  18. macrumors 68000

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    Don't be that guy that uses a tip calculator. They are reserved for the elderly that eat dinner at 4pm. Just tip about 20%. Service people always appreciate good tippers and some make a living on it.

    Seriously, don't be that guy.
     
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    sparkomatic

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    LOL! Even though I bought Tipulator, I agree. Never use it...I just like the little piece of candy that's part of the icon :D
     
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    designgeek

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    totally, after tax total*.2 done.:D
     
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    Pika

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    Tip calculators are a joke! I would look like an imbecile behind a maid trying to calculate a service on my iphone guessing the %.
     
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    you sure do bitch about things a lot. if you don't have something positive to say don't say anything
     
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    Pika

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    What if your tip calculator calculate $2.91 and you only have a $2 coin ?
    What if your tip calculator calculate $2.91 and you only have a $5 cash ?
    What if two cents are missing ?

    See what i mean?

    Should i bring my money/coin jar ?
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    I use TipStar
     
  25. macrumors member

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    Double the total and move the decimal point over. Servers will thank you, They don't like 10% especially since tips ARE what they live off of.
     

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