The NPR News app, winner of the Appscar for best News App as voted on by you yesterday, is so money; sort of like today’s category for Best Finance App. Today’s contenders include Bank of America Mobile Banking, BillMinder, Forbes Intelligent Investing, Mint.com Personal Finance, and PageOnce Personal Assistant.
Bank of America Mobile Banking: For those who do their banking with Bank of America, this is the free finance app for you. From it you can check your balances, transfer money, and locate ATMs and banks. It works with iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and webOS, and it offers a practical and straightforward interface. Your information is protected with a site key and a password, to keep prying eyes out should you lose your smart phone.
BillMinder: In the age of paperless billing, it’s easy to forget online payments by a day or two. BillMinder 3, created by return7, reminds you that a payment is due ahead of time. Enter your monthly bills (such as your cell phone, rent, and utilities) and set how much is due and when. If you pay bills on a staggered basis, it also keeps track of what has and has not been paid. For $1.99 you get push notifications and a beautiful new interface.
Forbes Intelligent Investing: Straight from the intelligent investing section of Forbes.com, this app brings the user analysis and insight into the current economic and business climate, as well as investment advice from some of the sharpest journalists in the business. For use with iOS devices, Steve Forbes himself includes a video series of one-on-one interviews with financial luminaries through this app. It even has a shake feature that picks from a lottery of quotes and video clips of Steve.
Mint Personal Finance: We awarded this app 4 stars and named it an Editors’ Choice because of its helpful budgeting features. It collects balance information from a wide selection of banks, and gives the user alerts on spending account activity. And for those trying to get out from under a big debt, the specified goals can help you get there. Available for iPhone and Android, the most recently updated feature of this free app is the ability to sign up for the service from your phone, instead of needing a PC.
PageOnce Personal Assistant: With the ability to cull information about your bank accounts, credit card transactions, flight information, and updates in your various social networks, it’s no wonder Pageonce earned a 4 star rating. Indeed, it’s one of our favorite finance apps across lots of platforms, particularly because its interface is so easy to use. While it doesn’t help you save or budget money, there’s no question it’s just as feature-rich, and that for many people it’s even easier to master. You’ll find this free app available for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows.
The polls are open from now until Tuesday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m. Did we forget someone? Feel free to add write-ins in the comments section below. Then tune in tomorrow for the Location App category.