Developer: noidentity gmbh
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Many people are on tight budgets these days. Grabbing that Starbucks coffee in the morning and buying an iPhone game every week can add up over time. There are plenty of expense tracking apps available to help users stick to their budgets, but they all have different features.

Next is in fact another expense tracking app, but it differs from others thanks to its easy-to-use and elegant interface. While it looks pretty on the surface, it may be missing some important features that users desire.

Next is as simple as it gets when it comes to tracking expenses. Users tap on a category to enter the amount in order to create a new expense.  The app currently features 27 categories that range from coffee to pets.

Categories that are used are blue, and categories with the most expenses are dark blue. So if users spend $15 on diapers, they would tap the baby pacifier icon and enter the amount in via the on-screen numbers. Users can view detailed expense statistics by week, month and year. Other features include the option to rearrange the home screen icons, an overview list of expenses, and the option to delete with just a swipe on the screen.

Where Next falls short is that it may be a little too simple. The interface looks great, but it doesn’t have enough options to help users stick to a budget. It’s just a simple expense tracker and that’s it. There’s no way to import or export, users can’t add notes or labels, there isn’t any balance support and it doesn’t have any integration for the developer’s other finance apps like MoneyBook.

Users who just need an easy and quick way to jot down their expenses may enjoy its simplicity, but those looking for a budget-friendly app will find better alternatives. Either way, it’s evident that more useful features and better integration would make Next well worth its $1.99 price tag. For now, users may wish to wait for an update or find another alternative if it doesn’t suit their needs.

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