Despite being around for several years, many consumers have only recently realized how powerful apps can be on their smartphones. In fact, these mainstream tools are being used in the most creative ways and they’re serving as great ways to keep tabs on spending, credit card balances, and even great sales in your area (if you activate your GPS). Generally, there are two types: Android apps and iPhone apps (or iPad).
Did you know there are 100,000 Android apps that are activated every day? And did you know Android apps far outnumber those for iPhones? With all these great resources, we wanted to take a look at a few of the best Android apps on the market today. A new survey was released this week and here are a few of the best of the best. Keep in mind – these are all Android apps, but it’s quite likely you can find the same apps for your iPhone.
Keep in mind, though, these apps are only as good as the user who incorporates them. Once you get into the habit, you’ll see how any of these apps can make life a lot easier – especially if you’re always on the go.
Still ranked at the top of the heap for financial apps, this do-all design is versatile and easy to use. You can link it to your Mint account, link your credit card accounts and, of course, your bank accounts. We like this app because you can sort the information to find information easier. Want to know how much you spent at Starbucks this year? No problem – this little gem can handle it. You can also pay bills, use the calculator and a host of other nifty features – all from the app itself.
Know how your wallet can get filled with pesky receipts that are often too aged to even read after you finally go through them all? The EasyMoney app comes in. You’ll discover notifications of upcoming and overdue bills (for both one-time payments and recurring bills), integrated checkbook manger, a fully customizable income and expense category, easily transfer funds from one account to another and you can even lock the app, take photos of your receipts for easy organization and back up your data. It’s easy to maintain and easy to understand.
With Hurricane Isaac wreaking havoc on the hundreds of offshore drilling platforms, gas prices are rising. The Gas Finder app uses your GPS and will geo-locate you, sync its own database and then return gas prices within parameters you tell it to. Pick on and watch it work its magic on giving directions on how to get to that gas station.
This is another great choice that allows you to not only monitor your spending habits, but also keep up to date on real time stock quotes, track your portfolio and even add a mix of financial news into the easy to read homepage. Great app, great versatility – just doesn’t get better.
Did you know ShopSavvy was the first bar code scanning app for the Android? To this date, it remains the most popular app – and for good reason. Find a bar code, scan it and then both online prices and local prices pop up. It’s a fine way to comparison shop and more than 5 million users take advantage of this powerful money saving Android app.
Another tried and true favorite, you can sync your grocery list with anyone you choose. This is great for husbands who are asked to stop at the supermarket on the way home. The grocery list can be instantly added to his smartphone from his wife’s while he’s working. Last minute additions are easily added, even if he’s already doing the shopping. There’s also great money saving tips that are built into the app. It’s a one stop source for every supermarket shopper.
OK, so we know not everyone uses Android apps. We’re working on an iPhone list of financial apps, but in the meantime, here’s one of the best ones we’ve discovered:
This free app (download it on iTunes) allows you to easily manage all of your account balances – credit cards, banks, gas cards, utilities – you name it, you can balance it. This comes in handy for things like your Netflix membership, maybe a gym membership – all of those small monthly expenses we tend to forget about. Also, use the sort feature to figure out how much you’re spending in ice cream every month (which might inspire you to hit that gym you’re already paying for). It’s a great tool designed just for the iPhone.
Have any apps you live by? Which financial apps would you add to the list? Let us know – we might include it in a future review.