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Survive Tax Season w/ TurboTax SnapTax

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | comment

TurboTax SnapTax is offered by Intuit Inc. to alleviate the fear and frustration associated with filing your taxes.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 9.44MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free (license to file: $14.99)



First off, this Android app is specifically for people who have an income of $80,000 or less ($100,000 if married), no dependents, no home or real-estate ownership, and income only from W-2s, interest, or unemployment. This is definitely just for a simplified tax filing, and anything more complex would have to be done online (or by other more traditional means).

Once you have answered the qualifying questions and determined that you’d benefit from filing through the Android app version of TurboTax, comleting the process is extremely easy. First, either manually enter your income information or snap a photo of your W-2 form(s). Second, fill in your personal information like SSN, DOB, and occupation (this app’s forms are secure). Lastly, preview your filing and if you’re ready, purchase the filing license and submit your tax forms!

Pros:

  • Quickly determines whether you qualify to file with the Android app
  • If you’ve used TurboTax, you know how error-proof their step-by-step process is
  • Enter income details by snapping a picture of your W-2
  • An affordable price ($14.99) required to file federal and state income taxes
  • Detailed FAQ section



Areas for Improvement:

  • Expand support for more complex filings
  • Reduce file size or enable apps2SD to reduce strain on Android device internal memory (although you may only need the app installed for an hour or two to get the job done)



Conclusion: The fastest, easiest way to file your federal and state income taxes all from a single Android app (if you’re situation qualifies).

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Top Android App: Fidelity Investments

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | comment

Fidelity Investments for Android lets you manage your portfolio, savings accounts, and more.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 1.11MB
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free



This is the official Fidelity Investments Android app. To begin, just login with your Fidelity username and pin/password.

On the Home tab, you can check out the latest changes in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, S&P 500, and RUSS 3000. Each also will display a detailed quote and adjustable date-range chart among other information.

The Accounts tab offers the same functionality as you’d find online. Quickly see balances for your investment (e.g. employer stock purchase plan), retirement (e.g. 401k), and stock plans. Again, clicking on each account takes you to the detailed, comprehensive view.

Other tabs give you the ability to lookup a stock quote, check the latest news, and even buy/sell shares from within the Android app itself.

Pros:

  • Fully supports existing Fidelity Investments accounts
  • Trade stocks/ETFs and Mutual Funds
  • Latest news, market updates, and quote information
  • Attractive, easy-to-use interface



Areas for improvement:

  • Needs a homescreen widget



Conclusion: The best way to mange your Fidelity account, all in an easy-to-use Android app.

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Top Android App: American Express

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | comment

American Express for Android lets you mobilize your card membership.

  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 1.30MB
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free



The American Express app allows you to check your current balance, view detailed information about your recent transactions, manage multiple card accounts, and pay your latest bill.

This app entirely replaces the need for the mobile version of the Amex website. When viewing your recent activity or balance, your charges are broken down by date and further by each transaction’s physical location, amount, and the business’s name. This is convenient if you want to monitor your account for any fraudulent charges.

Additionally, you can instantly access your Membership Rewards points balance, Amex gift card balances, and find special offers on travel, shopping, dining, and entertainment via American Express Selects.

Pros:

  • Official American Express Android app to replace the need for the mobile website
  • Full featured; view and pay bills, check recent charges, balance, etc.
  • Session times out after 10 minute for account protection
  • Exceptional, streamlined user-interface



Areas for improvement:

  • Expand support for non-U.S. American Express Card products



Conclusion: If you’re an American Express Cardmember and are commonly on the go, this Android app makes it easy to stay up-to-date with your account.

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Top Android App: PayPal

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

PayPal is one of the leading ways to pay and get paid in today’s online, mobile world. Lucky for us, there’s now an extremely polished and efficient PayPal Android app.

  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Size: 2.76MB
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free



Since most of us know and/or use PayPal on a semi-regular basis (eBay anyone?), I’ll jump straight into the app’s features. The first thing you’re sure to notice is that in the latest version, the app has a brand new look and feel. The user-interface is conducive to the quick transactions PayPal wants users to achieve. The app now also includes Bump support, allowing you to transfer funds by bumping phones together!

There are tabs that help you instantly withdraw funds from your PayPal balance or quickly request money from someone who still owes you a payment. The account tab lets you view your transaction history, previous withdrawals, and to create a PIN for the PayPal app itself.

Lastly, some other handy features include the ability to split a bill depending on the tip percentage, # of people present, and the fraction that each person must pay. Also, you can set reminders that will make sure you never miss a payment.

Pros:

  • Quick access to PayPal’s most important features
  • Responsive, clean UI ensures an efficient process
  • Bump phones to transfer funds



Areas for improvement:

  • Needs Install to SD card update



Conclusion: A convenient app for anyone who does business on-the-go.

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JunoWallet GiftCards: Android App Promotion

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

JunoWallet is “the number one mobile gift card application in the world.”  This app offers you promotional gift cards/certificates from a variety of your favorite retailers that you can immediately download to your phone.  Additionally, you can also store all of your plastic gift card information on your phone and have their balances updated automatically.

  • Version: 4.4.1
  • Size: 1.72MB
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free



JunoWallet offers a great service through an extremely user-friendly app. Read below and follow the banner at the end of the review for promotion/installation instructions!

Features and Benefits:

  • Store all of your gift card information in one mobile app (give your wallet or purse a break!)
  • Gift card balances automatically update
  • Free downloads of promotional mobile gift cards (and get notified when new ones become available)
  • Redeem mobile gift cards directly from your Android phone
  • Share function lets you spread the word to family and friends via Facebook and Twitter
  • Buy additional gift cards and receive bonuses and discounts
  • Protect your information and gift cards with a PIN # for the app



Pros:

  • Beautiful, easy-to-use UI
  • Save gift cards to the app for easy access and transport (and balances auto-update too!)
  • Promotional offers/gift cards from many popular retailers (more being added all the time)



Areas for improvement:

  • We’ll state the obvious, more free/promotional gift cards!



Conclusion: The only Android app you’ll need for organizing your gift cards and receiving promotional offers, just for having the app installed!

How to get your free promotional gift cards/certificates & download JunoWallet (and support Best Android Apps Review in the process):

  • Click the banner below:



  • Enter your email address to receive a link to the JunoWallet app (and the promotional gift cards) in the Android Market
  • Open the email on your Android phone and follow the link.
  • Enjoy your gift cards and all of JunoWallet’s features!



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