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BudgetBook is an iPad app from the creators of the popular ”MoneyBook” for iPhone, noidentity. It’s supposed to be an app to help you manage your finances, specifically, your budget, but with a big emphasis on the design and interface. This could sometimes create a problem, as the developers would focus on the design too much, creating a useless app. However, this doesn’t happen this time, with the app managing to stay functional, while also looking great too.

Packed with features, such as reoccurring transactions, multiple accounts and statistics, it’s got most of the features that you’ll ever need. Advanced users might want to look for another app, but most people won’t need to look any further. It ticks the big boxes, but it’s the small features that really make it. With the addition of passcode protection, all of the data is secure. It’s also nice to see that you can move transactions between accounts, while also being able to create your own categories and add notes to transactions.

As described, noidentity have aimed to create an app that looks great, yet at the same time is also easy to use.  They have done this perfectly, as it’s nice to see an app that has it’s own style. The developers have created almost everything from scratch, not borrowing anything such as the traditional iOS keyboard. This makes for a refreshing experience, and shows design at it’s best. The menus are easy to navigate, which means that everything is easy to find. Even though it might seem different, everything is still where you would expect.  In turn, this means that everyone is able to use the app and not get confused, even if you’re not the most technical of people.

The price isn’t bad, as it’s similar to the other comparable apps that are available. For the same price, you can get apps that have more features, but there are also apps that are a lot worse as well. Even so, you’re getting a great product which is still very good value at the price point. It’s still worth buying, with a design and presentation that is better than most apps currently available.

For the most part, everything is great, but there are still a few things that I’d like to see changed. Mainly, I’d like to see the app offer the ability to add a starting balance when you add an account, as otherwise, you have to add it as an initial transaction, and this skews the first month’s figures. While the app does do what it is supposed to, being a brilliant budgeting iPad app, I would like the app developed to offer a web service, similar to noidentity’s MyMoneyBook. This might not be needed, but if would make the app a lot better.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a simple budgeting app, look no further. It might not have the most advanced features, but most users it will be just perfect. It’s easy to use and at the same time, it also looks great. I’d recommend this to anybody looking for a budgeting solution on the iPad.

Rating: 5/5

Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/budgetbook/id432061429

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