Google Android Personal Finance App Review

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My current cell phone is an iPhone 3GS but recently I had the opportunity to try out a Google Android based phone the older G1 on T-Mobile. I’ve had just about every flavor of Windows Mobile phone which were great but they just couldn’t touch the iPhone’s interface, and app availability. I was eager to see what Google had to offer and did a run through of the various personal finance based Android Apps. I was impressed by the variety of apps and the phone was not bad, from what I’ve seen of the my Touch it makes me drool. If you are stuck without the possibility of an iPhone or are just looking for a different alternative this is a great phone. On to a high level overview of the Apps. Oh by the way, every app listed is fee to download from the Marketplace.

Android Budget Applications

Loot Review

Other than the painfully long please donate screen on startup Loot is a great little budgeting and expense tracking tool. They call it a bank account ledger application, it’s essentially a slightly more advanced check register. You can do some basic budgeting, it supports multiple accounts and repeat transactions. It’s a good start if you are looking for a way to track your expenses on the go. What it’s not is a comprehensive budgeting tool.

Personal Budget Droid Review

If you are more serious about tracking your categories and then being able to export that data Budget Droid might be a better choice. Once you have entered your transactions and saved by category you can export as a .csv file for importing in any of your standard desktop or online budgeting applications. It allows you to create custom categories and then assign a budget amount for the month. As you enter expenses it will track against your budget settings. Budget Droid has a no nonsense interface and provides good basic budgeting tools. Once again it’s still not a replacement for a good piece of budgeting software on your PC or mac but it does compliment it nicely while out and about.

Android Shopping Applications

Shopulator Review

Shopulator is effectively a shopping list creator that tracks the purchase price of your items. This could definitely be handy on that next trip to Costco to see how much damage you’re racking up on your spending spree. It’s not terribly quick to enter information, and it really only tracks lists of expenses. Your mileage may vary with this one.

Shop Savvy Review

Okay this is bar none one of the coolest apps I’ve seen in a long time. I spent about an hour walking around my house scanning UPC codes just to see what it could find. Life cereal? No Problem: $4.65. The Geforce 6200 AGP video card I just bought for my old PC? Yep: $29.24. Lame that’s $10 cheaper than I just paid.

I could sing this apps praises all day. Once you scan a barcode with the camera it will lookup prices on the web as well as locally. Now arguably the local options depend heavily on where you live, but the database seems to be pretty good. It will certainly find the closest Barnes and Noble for you and give the books price at the store. If there happens to be a review for the product you scanned you can browse those too. This could save you a lot of money when you’re out and wondering whether something on sale is a good deal or not. Now you’ll know. The best part is that it doesn’t seem to be limited to one category of goods, food, books, electronics, office, supplies, pretty much anything with a bar code it will bring up. Seriously cool. If you are doing a lot of comparison shopping you can create price alerts to let you know when a price for an item drops below a dollar amount. All in all a great app and would be worth getting an Android based phone for that alone.

SnapTell Review

SnapTell is a great app that is similar to Shop Savvy but instead of just using a barcode to code items (which you can do) you can also take a picture of the cover of books, DVD’s, CD’s or video games (US only) and you’ll get links to Amazon, Google, and more. It’s a great app but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Shop Savvy and is heavily slanted towards Amazon because it was purchased by one of it’s subsidiaries.

Android Stock Applications

Google Finance Review

This was the only one worth reviewing and is a great application for keeping an eye on your portfolio and researching individual stocks. It also syncs directly with your web based Google Finance account if you update any part of your portfolio.  Stock quotes are streamed in the app so you don’t have to manually refresh like some of the other apps out there. The interface is very polished. A very very nice app for those who like to obsess over your investments.

In Summary

I’ve enjoyed my trial time with the G1 it’s a great phone, I do like having a real keyboard as well. I’ve been able to do most anything I can do on my iPhone and haven’t found an app as cool as Shop Savvy yet either. My wife who’s due for a new phone may have found her next handset. Any other Android users out there with app suggestions?

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Jesse 2009/10/06 at 7:55 am

I have been scouting out phones to replace my work phone and somehow forgot about Android. I will certainly have to walk into a store and play with one of these but I think if I’m allowed, I will be getting the Behold II by Samsung, the android phone due out during the holiday season. Thanks for the reminder and I will surely be trying out these apps.
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Matt Jabs 2009/10/06 at 11:35 am

Cool… if I end up going w/the Verizon Android over the Blackberry Tour I’ll be checking out these apps.

PS… you’re such a geek! 😉
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paul 2009/10/06 at 1:50 pm

Yeah tell me something I don’t already know 😎

Sky 2010/02/24 at 12:16 pm

So these are some good apps, although there are newer ones now for personal finance.

Check this list out from this other blog I found. Awesome!
Android Money Apps You Cant Live Without
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paul 2010/02/24 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for the tip Sky.

Allison 2010/03/01 at 3:13 pm
baby footprints 2010/03/18 at 1:44 am

I like this phone very much. I recently was able to use one that my friend has and it felt so nice to hold in my hand. Good graphics as well.
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outdoor speakers 2010/03/25 at 11:29 pm

I’m thinking of getting the Android, but since not sure if I like the interface as much as my iphone. I played with one once and wasn’t that much impressed with it.
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security camera system 2010/06/03 at 4:28 am

There are so many great applications available that can really help every single user on his/her need. That would be easy for them because they have different choices.

Green Armour 2010/07/04 at 6:20 am

Just got this phone and will definitely have to check out this app, really like the info showed here thanks guys.

AngelineRuiz33 2010/07/09 at 1:34 am

I will recommend not to hold back until you get enough amount of money to order all you need! You can just get the loans or financial loan and feel comfortable

NLP 2010/07/10 at 4:07 pm

Great app, been using it for a while now.

tool pouch 2010/07/20 at 10:02 am

People who are interested in economy and finance will benefit from this finance app. What’s best is that it’s in Android too!

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NFL Jerseys 2010/07/20 at 5:51 pm

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Laura Davis 2010/08/24 at 3:01 pm

What do you think of this list? Shop Savvy really appeals to me in concept, but I think there are other apps out there that do the same thing.

Diane 2010/11/22 at 4:59 pm

Google Finance is kinda nice, but another app that’s even better is the Wikinvest Portfolio app that lets me view all my stock portfolios from my brokerage accounts. I just add my account and it syncs with my brokerage and shows me all my holdings. very cool!

Nicole 2011/01/05 at 1:52 am

I’ve tried Google Finance and EasyMoney, and found EasyMoney to be the better app for me. It come with a bill reminder that curb my spendings on late payments!

LoganHill 2013/05/08 at 3:10 am

Looks like a good app. I will surely try it on my android phone.
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