preciousVault Keeps You On Top of Your Metal Investments

Price: $2.99    Score: 8/10    By Steve BeaudrypreciousVault

If you have any precious metal investments, it’s important to stay on top of the latest market information, be it gold, silver, platinum, palladium, saronite and unobtanium. (Ok, not those last two.) A new app, preciousVault by Garry Runke, lets you do just that with information pulled straight from the latest available on the Internet. Its customizable 3D interface lets you look at the strength of your investments in style with your favorite coin representing each metal.

Really, the only problem I can find with this app is that it takes a while to load, and if you’ve been running your iPhone 3G for a while it may not load at all. The central idea of the user interface is a rotating circle of standing coins that you swipe to turn. Apparently, the quality and detail that goes into this design concept requires a lot of processing power and memory. You can also tap and hold on a coin to change it’s angle and type. It’s well done, to be sure, but it works best on a 3G S.

Swiping to the next coin shows the quotes and trends for each precious metal in turn in a stylized 3D graph with 24-hour, 30-day, 1-year and 5-year view options. The last coin in the circle is the vault coin (which, by the way, you can’t change). On top of this coin, in stead of a graph, it shows an interface where you can enter your personal investments in each precious metal.

Other than the somewhat sluggish load times, I didn’t pick up any other bugs in preciousVault. It’s a solid app with a simple and easy-to-use interface. The only problem here is that I’m not particularly interested in precious metal investment. I’m sure if I were, that this would be the app I would choose to keep up to date with it. I am, however, intrigued by the prospect of using precious metal investment to pay for my AT&T bill.

preciousVault is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch (2nd generation) and requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.

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