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Monitoring expenses and tracking where our cash goes is something most people are big on these days. Thankfully there are these handy little portable gadgets with all manner of software available to make that kind of stuff easy. Or at least do-able. In the case of Accounts, the emphasis is definitely on the former.
Anyone can jump into Accounts and start tracking their expenses within minutes. Tapping the little "+" button brings up a menu to add a new financial change (income or expense), while deleting old or unneeded entries is simply a matter of swiping across the item and pressing Delete. The default currency can be changed in the options and ranges from US dollars to British pounds, Euros, and so on. Users can also bring up a pie chart to display the ratio of income to expenses with a single tap.
What's great about Accounts is that it's just so simple to start using. Adding new entries is a snap and removing old ones is just as easy. It's also handy to be able to call up an easy-to-read visualization of expenses. Being able to tell at a glance just how much income is available after bills and such have been paid might be a tad depressing, but it's still very useful.
But as handy-dandy as Accounts can be, it's not perfect. One odd problem I've run into is that the currency defaults back to British pounds every time the app is closed and restarted. It takes all of five seconds to change it, but it's rather irritating all the same. It's also important to note that this is not a super in-depth finance app. It tracks expenses that are entered and graphs them, but that's it. It's up to the user to enter each new plus and minus to their cash manually. No automatically recurring stuff here.
While Accounts doesn't offer up a ton of finance-tracking options, it does nail the basics rather well. And the flip-side to keeping things simple means that it's a money app that just about anyone can make use of. It's insanely easy to use and certainly worth considering for anyone who wants to monitor their spending without going through the hassle of micro-managing various menus and options.