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Expense Tablet for iPad Review

by on September 21st, 2010

Expense Tablet
$0.99


Good budgeting and expense tracking software on the iPad is hard to come by. They’re either too extravagant, with features that are hard to comprehend or so mired in bad interface design that they become unusable.

Expense Tablet is perfect for anyone who wants a well designed, easy to use application to keep track of their spending.

It’s simple. Enter in the money you have to spend in total each month, and then create categories to spend it in. You can assign individual budgets to each category.

If you’re a big coffee drinker, you might give yourself $100 each month towards lattes. The categories use colour coding to give you a quick visual indication of how you’re doing. Yellow as you near your budget for the month and red when you’ve gone over. It’s a great way to see where you’re money really goes each month.

The interface mimics a faux leather cheque-book and has just the right amount of views to be useful, yet not overwhelming.

I particularly like how the overview mode gives you a line graph of your spending over time, so you can see when your peak spending is and how you’re doing at reducing your spending each month.

The app has a 4-digit pin security code you can enable, so you don’t have to worry about nosey friends snooping around your finances.

Unlike a lot of budget tracking tools on the iPhone, Expense Tablet only gives you the option to fill in the title of a transaction though. You’ll have to decide whether you want to use the business name you spent money at or the exact item you spent it on. The title field also doesn’t auto-suggest past titles you’ve used, so you’ll find yourself typing Starbucks in a lot if you’re the coffee-fiend I mentioned above.

Overall, Expense Tablet is an elegant, easy to use app that really could make a difference in saving you money.

Pros
• elegant design
• easy to use
• graphical representations of spending
• PIN protected
• $0.99

Cons
• Only single title field associated with each transaction
• No auto-suggesting of past titles

Are there any budget tracking tools that you prefer to use on you iPad? Leave a comment and I’ll take a look.

Dan Gaede is an Art Director living in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter @dangaede

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