Within the last few years it seems as though smartphones have taken over the cell phone market. According to ChangeWave Research, approximately 42 percent of Americans owned smartphones as of December 2009. Smartphones have gained popularity with consumers because they operate using wireless internet technologies that allow user to download information and surf the web thanks to cell phone and internet providers. Smartphone owners can download a host of different kinds of user applications, or apps that allow users to access anything from popular games and news to personal finance and banking information. While there are hundreds of personal finance apps available for purchase, check out our selection of the top 10 personal finance apps for your iPhone, Android and Blackberry mobile phones.
Mint.com (Android & iPhone)
Mint.com is a free app powered by Quicken that aggregates all of your financial information into one convenient place. This app gathers all of your separate bank account transactions, investments, credit cards and loan information into one space and allows you to categorize your expenses, form detailed budgets, and look at spending trends.
SplashMoney Personal Finance (Blackberry)
SplashMoney Personal Finance by SplashData works similarly to the Mint.com app as it also allows users to download their financial transactions and information into one place. The app permits users to create budgets, track spending and sync the app with the desktop version of SplashMoney. You can download SplashMoney from Blackberry App World for $9.99.
Stock Quote (Android)
Built for Android phones, Stock Quote is a one-stop-shop for business news, stock market trends as well as currency and commodity information. One of the app’s best features is that it can stream real-time stock quotes. Stock Quote can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.
MoneyStrands is a personal finance app designed by Strands Inc. that uses your phone’s connection to compile and categorize transactions from your checking accounts and credit cards. Unlike some apps that do not work worldwide, moneyStrands is available in all 77 countries where iTunes is available – making it the perfect app for jet setters. In addition to compiling financial information, the app provides a visual spending analysis and can set spending alerts as well. You can download moneyStrands from iTunes for free.
Created by Total Wireless Solutions, eCheckRegister is a personal finance manager app that allows users to organize financial transactions and balance their checking account via their smartphone’s wireless internet connection. One of the app’s best features is its ability to export your transaction information to Microsoft computer programs in both HTML and CVS formats.
Save Benjis (iPhone)
Created by Sol Robots, Save Benjis helps keep money in your pocket by allowing users to turn their phones into a bar code scanner. This scanner then allows users to compare the prices of in-store items with prices online. iPhone users can download the app from iTunes for $1.99.
Finance for Android
Sync your Google portfolio with your smartphone with Google’s new Finance for Android app. Tapping into your phone’s wireless internet, the app gives users access to real-time stock quotes, market news and other financial information. You won’t have any problems tracking the market with this handy app that can be downloaded from the Android Market for free.
PayPal (iPhone, Android and Blackberry)
Paypal is making budgeting, money transfers and deposits easier with its PayPal app for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones. This app is packed with convenient features such as photo-based check deposits, easy contact sharing and budget tracking. Download the PayPal app for free at your smartphone’s app store.
Pageonce – Money and Bills (Blackberry)
This personal finance manger app allows users to keep track of financial transactions and investment portfolios as well as track their frequent flyer miles. Users can even keep track of when their bills are due with the calendar and bill reminder feature. Blackberry users can download this feature-packed app for free from Blackberry App World.
Compare and Convert (iPhone)
Make sure you get the best value for your dollar with Compare and Convert. If you’ve ever sat in the grocery store isle trying to decide if the large or medium size item was the better deal for the price, this is the perfect app for you. Compare and Convert is designed by Red Five Development, LLC and allows users compare items priced by weight, surface area or volume. The app also serves as a handy measurement conversion tool. Download Compare and Convert from iTunes for free.