Back in Black: Our Favorite Budget App Comes Back for More

Price: $3.99

Back in Black: iPhone App Written and Video Review

Back in Black for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

In the past, we’ve had a few opportunities here at The iPhone App Review to take a look at Fission Media Group’s Back in Black. The app is above and away our favorite way to take an hands on approach to your finances on your iPhone. And now with a new piechart function included, the app’s pot just got even sweeter, delivering a more convenient way to track your expenses and budget from the dashboard. So all in all, if you’re looking for a refreshed look at what the app has to offer, you’ll find it listed out below. Starting with:

Concept and Functionality

In the past we’ve described Back in Black as a sort of Mint.com style app, but with an emphasis on your own personal control and responsibility. That same level and attention to detail is maintained here, only it’s been revamped and reworked for even better use. Here’s what we mean:

Firstly, the app lets you set up your income, whether that comes in the form of weekly, bi-weekly or monthly installments. From there, you can plug in your standard expenses—stuff like rent, insurance, etc. After that, you’re all set to go! You simply need to put in new expenditure as its accrued. This means when you buy something (let’s say a latte at Starbucks) you simply go into the app, hit the big New Expense button, and then enter in the information. Back in Black supplies you with all sorts of categories to make organization easier, and of course all the numbers are crunched for you. And with goals and a new pie chart in place, you can now at a glance get a feel for how high up on the hog you actually are.

Design and Graphics

Back in Black for iPhone

Back in Black for iPhone

We have to say, we thought Back in Black could’t get any better, but it simply has. The new pie chart is a knockout, offering a fully customized graphic to show you in a nutshell where you’re spending your money, and even if you’re overspending it in places. That’s an incredible feat, and the small interface changes that have been added just make it simpler to add new expenses. We cannot think of a single thing to improve the layout of the app, and we have yet to see it fail at number crunching.

Overall Value

In fact, our only real complaint with the app is its price: We still feel that $3.99 is slightly too high. We might instead favor a $1.99 tag attached, but you’ll certainly get your money’s worth at either end. The app is solid, comes with a lot of functionality, and delivers on all fronts. And when your money is involved, there’s really no better recommendation than that, is there?

Back in Black for iPhoneBack in Black requires iOS 4.0 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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