iCanSpend: A Spending Butler for iPhone

Price: $0.99

iCanSpend: iPhone App Written Review

iCanSpend for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we’re rather big on finance and budgeting apps. There’s just something about an app that can beautifully assist us in our efforts to manage our daily spending habits that gets our gears going. As such, our new favorite working toy is iCanSpend by developer Mathew Aitken. The app uses a variety of methods to make it easier than ever to track our spending, purchases, and income, including via voice recognition software. All in all, it’s one of the slickest finance apps currently available for the iPhone. For our full review of this money-pinching app, you can check below beyond the break!

Concept and Functionality

As stated, iCanSpend largely has one goal, and one goal only: To help you know exactly how much you can spend on the pleasantries you enjoy without going over your budget, or into the red. It’s a worthy goal, and one that is accomplished beautifully within the app. First and foremost, the app allows you to set your monthly expenditures and incomes, that way you have a starting budget to work with. From there, you simply enter new expenses as they come along. You can also quickly tap in a payment, should a mate hand you a fiver. And, when it’s pay-day, you’re free to tap in the income, that way the app has all your financial ducks in a row. However, this is nothing too new in the App Store. So what makes iCanSpend different from the other members of the financial herd?

With Dragon speech-to-text technology by Nuance, a user needs only to click the app’s mic, and then speak a transaction to enter it into the iCanSpend database. This works unbelievably well, and drastically simplifies the tedious task of entering each exchange by hand. We can’t get enough of it, and we now wish all our finance apps came with the feature.

Design and Graphics

iCanSpend for iPhone

iCanSpend for iPhone

Best of all, iCanSpend looks pretty sharp on the iPhone, too. It’s got a unique interface that clearly shows the developers have spent a lot of time making the app simple to use, especially when you just need to add a pinch transaction. We particularly liked the easy-to-reach speech controls, but adding your own touches by hand takes little more effort. Large, spacious buttons at the forefront of the app require only a touch, and then basic fill-in forms help you do the rest. All in all, it’s a world class effort for the app.

Overall Value

However, the real good news about iCanSpend is the price. For only a dollar, you can enjoy all the benefits of the app, including the ease-of-mind that comes from having a clearer financial state. For that, we’d pay any price: A dollar, in this case, is an extreme bargain.

iCanSpendiCanSpend requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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