The tip calculator category is a crowded one in the App Store and it can be difficult to stand out but a new app created by three college students brings a refreshing take to the genre. Brown University students Nicholas Shulman and Stephen Poletto came up with the idea for a straightforward and easy-to-use bill splitting app and partnered with designer Ivy Hu to create Billr.
When you open Billr, you first designate the number of people in your party (up to 16 people). From there, each person can enter the amounts of each item ordered.
Once all items are entered, the next screen shows the bill total and allows you to select the correct tax and desired tip amounts. The final screen shows you the amount each person owes to cover the total bill with taxes and the tip given the amount spent by each.
Billr is definitely easy to use and is a keeper for me, though I wish it had one additional feature. When I go out to eat with friends, we rarely bother with splitting the bill based on exactly what each person ordered but instead prefer to evenly split the bill among us all. If Billr included a feature that would offer the ability to evenly split a bill with taxes and tip, it would be my go-to app for all of my restaurant bill calculation needs.
When Billr first hit the App Store in late February, its primary function was to let multiple diners calculate their exact share of a restaurant meal. Since then, Billr has been updated so that it can act as a tip calculator for just one person, making it a fantastic selection even if you’re only looking for a simple tip calculator with an occasional need to split bills among multiple people. Billr is currently available for the special introductory price of $.99 and it’s a great choice to make restaurant bill calculation as painless as possible between friends.