Have you got a smartphone or tablet yet? Don’t worry, I’m sure you will have one soon. Malaysian’s are replacing their boring old mobiles and PCs with smartphones and tablets faster than everyone else in SE Asia. And as we have just about the best mobile connectivity in the region it’s not surprising that we’ve been very quick to take advantage of all the amazing apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Taking a quick look at the top ten charts for Malaysia’s Apple appstore, here’s our quick guide to the best personal finance apps for your iPhone and iPad that money can’t buy (yes, they’re all free).
Piggie for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Piggie is a personal finance app from Singapore developer Meiwin Fu. It received glowing reviews in the press in 100+ countries around the world on release, so though it didn’t hit our Malaysia top ten chart, we thought we’d give it a go.
Piggie allows you to track your expenses on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Its interface is simple and intuitive allowing users to customise their own spending categories. You can even snap a picture of a receipt or a particular purchase and upload them into each of your expenses as a visual reminder.
If you’re looking for something simple to keep track of your spending, Piggie is the app for you.
Currency Convert for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Currency Convert does what it says on the tin - it’s an exchange rate calculator that stays up to date with currency values on the world market. With a really straightforward design that makes the best use of visual cues, such as country flags, this is one of the easiest foreign exchange apps we’ve ever tried.
If you need to stay on top of the Ringgit’s performance against other currencies, then this is the app for you.
Smart Budget for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Smart Budget is a pretty popular free app for recording your expenses. If you like the Notes and Reminders apps that come with your iPhone or iPad, then you’ll love Smart Budget, it follows much the same design and there’s no steep learning curve in understanding how it works to keep on top of expenses.
If you’re looking for a basic budget app to get to grips with your wallet, Smart Budget is the app you’re looking for. Pro-upgrade available.
Spending Tracker for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Spending Tracker battles it out in Malaysia’s iOS charts with Smart Budget. These two apps are very similar in both ‘look and feel’ and operation. In fact, there’s not much to choose between them except which colour you like as a background and which icon you think is best.
My money is on Spending Tracker, but that’s just a personal opinion.
The great thing about mobile and tablet apps is that so many of them are free or free to try; so when what’s the ‘flavour of the month’ quickly becomes old hat, it costs you nothing to stay up to date with the best Personal Finance apps on the market.
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*Teaser image courtesy of Adrian Ilie at Wikimedia Commons.