When I jumped to Android from an iPhone in January, there were a few key apps that I was distraught about leaving behind. One of them, Mint, officially lands today. I’ve been using it for a few days on my Google Nexus One. It was worth the wait, because it’s not a watered-down, first effort on a new platform — it’s just as functional and effective as its iPhone counterpart.
I’ve been able to view spending or upcoming bill alerts, track and categorize the transactions on all of my accounts, and quickly check balances before making a purchase on the road. And unlike the iPhone, Android supports widgets, so there’s a Mint widget that shows total cash and debt on the home screen. Tap the widget and you jump into the full application. About the only function I still miss is that of notifications — on the iPhone, my handset would notify me of alerts, but I see no setting for that in the Android version just yet.
Obviously, you need a free Mint.com account to use the app. And more importantly, you have to feel secure in providing Mint with your bank credentials. We can debate that point for days, but it’s a personal decision — one that I’m comfortable with as I feel that Mint is secure and there’s no way to make a transaction through the Mint application. For those that have the same comfort level and have been using Mint on the web with an Android phone, your wait for a useful money management client application is over.
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