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Best Android Apps: 45 best apps for Android

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Stay on top of your finances with Expense IQ.

What is Expense IQ?

This app, from developer Handy Apps, tries to make managing your expenses and personal finance easy. With a clean layout and several useful features, Expense IQ will have you planning budgets and staying on top of your spending in no time.

What’s good?

Firstly, Handy Apps has used Material Design guidelines for the layout, so everything feels familiar and cleanly implemented. The main menu slides in from the left and is where you’ll access the various sections. Each section is clearly marked, which is helpful in an app that could easily become confusing, what with all the financial information and various features.

So what about those features? Expense IQ’s main components are the expense manager and budget manager. The former allows you to quickly enter any expenses you incur throughout your day by tapping the small plus symbol in the bottom right of the Overview screen – the default screen that appears when the app opens.

All you have to do is set up your account information, which involves simply telling the app how much you have in the bank and how much you have in cash. Any expenses you enter are then taken off the total amount.

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The Smart Overview page makes it easy to see how much you have left in total, when you spent money, how much you spent, as well as any bills which are due. It’s also populated with helpful graphs and visualisations of your spending.

For those that want to stick to a financial plan, the app allows you to set a budget for specific categories. Say you want to only spend £200 on entertainment, you can set that amount as a budget for the entertainment category, then whenever you enter an amount for entertainment expense, as long as you categorise it, the money will be taken off your budget for entertainment as well as the total in your account.

It’s all very intuitive and takes minutes to get the hang of. Other features include bill reminders, which allows you to easily set alerts for when bills are due, the ability to backup and restore offline, a home screen widget, the ability to store photos of your bills and receipts and attach them to specific expenses, and much more.

What’s bad?

While the interface is, overall, easy to get to grips with, I found it took a few minutes to figure out adding expenses and setting up accounts. It’s not a major drawback, as there’s more going on here than with other apps that concern themselves with less complicated tasks than managing your entire finances. But you might find it takes a little while to get the hang of things at first.

And, like most apps these days, Expense IQ also has a Premium version which will cost you. Going Premium costs £1.41 per month or you can pay a strangely specific price of £41.06 for a lifetime subscription. Signing up for Premium removes ads, gets you unlimited accounts and budgets, multi-currency transfers, cloud syncing, and a host of extra features. While the app is certainly worth a look, only those serious enough about keeping track of their expenditure will want to pay the monthly charge.

Verdict

A well-presented and comprehensive app, Expense IQ is a no brainer for those interested in a mobile money management solution.

Score: 9 | Price: Free (Premium version £1.41 per month/$41.06 lifetime) | In-app purchases? No | Download Expense IQ

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John

March 22, 2015, 7:43 pm

Ivona would get my vote. You haven't heard TTS until you've heard this incredibly realistic sounding human voice. I absolutely love it for Pocket, Google Books etc

And how is Kindle on there and not Google Play Books? Kindle as an app is ridiculously basic and simply leverages Amazon's bookstore coverage. Play Books is more flexible eg. TTS.

Amer Zaveri

April 2, 2015, 9:30 am

I would like to add one cool Android app for file transfer - Mesh It Up which transfers file at a very fast speed among Android devices within minutes. You can even transfer heavy files of video among the devices.

Alphajoe

April 2, 2015, 1:50 pm

You haven't covered one of the most important features of MailWise: The option to have the emails displayed as simple and easy to read conversations without any clutter.

But I agree on the lack of IMAP push support.

navigator

April 3, 2015, 10:10 pm

This is what Blackberry 10 has by default... called Hub.

Amshu Patel

June 11, 2015, 7:47 pm

Uniq Mobile Finder is a great application for getting your lost or stolen mobile phone. I got my lost phone and I just loved it, it worked like a magic for me for getting back my phone when I lost it. I challenge this is going to be one of the best app in 2015. Must use app for every device.

Replay Creation

June 15, 2015, 9:23 am

Full Battery Alarm Pro is an unique android app which prevents mobile phone battery from being overcharged by sounding an alarm.

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Djibril Camaro

June 23, 2015, 7:52 pm

One of my favourite apps is:
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Kodi Configu

July 1, 2015, 12:13 am

My favourite app is the CONFIGURATOR FOR KODI

tsr g

July 11, 2015, 6:39 am

'Everyday Calculation' is easily one of the best productivity App in the Play store

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Den Watsons

August 19, 2015, 1:02 pm

MyAudioStream should be added, a s a good audio player and streamer.

DPLight

November 8, 2015, 9:29 pm

Office lens works wonders in a museum .. if you cannot get in front of it .. use lens (providing the painting is not too big)

FreeAppIn

November 20, 2015, 7:04 pm

Check out LIVING CELLS, it is interactive and very customizable live wallpaper. Try it now and watch those beautiful and colorful patterns, you can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/...

Jade C

November 21, 2015, 12:56 pm

Cool little addictive game/language learning app.

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generic etcetera

December 18, 2015, 8:28 pm

A very creative idea

Ben

February 20, 2016, 12:13 am

Great app for checking Lotto results, faster than the official app.
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itb-development

March 7, 2016, 8:29 am

Can anyone tell me the best selfie apps please? When i had windows there was lumia selfie ,the most incredible one and soon to be coming to android please god!! I need all the filters and beautifying i can get these days know its vain but took my firsy selfie in my late thirties and it made me look like i was in my late twenties yay!

DarthDiggler

March 8, 2016, 4:28 pm

I'd try that camera app that comes with the phone. :)

toboev

March 12, 2016, 9:53 am

How quickly are disused Vyke numbers recycled? What is the chance of getting somebody else's discarded number, or of them getting one of yours? You'd need to be careful about what you used these numbers for.

Odd but Awesome

March 31, 2016, 3:18 pm

How do I submit an app for you to review please?

Armaan Modi

April 14, 2016, 5:27 pm

Candy camera, Camera 360..

Erik Caso

April 15, 2016, 9:01 pm

Chromecast on younity is on its way, so stay tuned. Thanks.

Rukaji Akira

May 14, 2016, 11:11 am

Quipsphere is the mobile app for sharing ideas, comments and opinions in the form of recorded voice message.. way better than twitter in my opinion.

Maggie-Gfan

June 3, 2016, 10:07 am

Can you have a check at All-In-One Toolbox? https://play.google.com/store/...
It is pretty much the only system maintenance/optimization tool you need for any android device. The interface of the app is very attractive and sleek and it has almost every feature you could want from a system optimization app, things like system information, system resources, cleaners, backup, app 2 SD, 1 click boost and 1 click clean.

Joé Donzallaz

June 6, 2016, 10:38 am

Downloading music has never been so easy! https://play.google.com/store/...

I would love to hear your thoughts! :)

saadat rahim

June 13, 2016, 9:48 am

nice..

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