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Mobile Checkbook for BlackBerry Review

CrackBerry Idol - Kerri
By Kevin Michaluk on 13 Jul 2010 10:07 pm EDT
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Review of Mobile Checkbook for BlackBerry Smartphones

In today's economy financial matters are on most everyone's mind, so with that being said I thought a financial application would be fitting for my first review. I decided to try Mobile Checkbook by Mobatech because at a price of $9.99 it seemed to advertise all the features I would actually USE. If you're anything like me and have this obsessive need to make sure everything balances down to the penny then you've probably run through the gamut of options like checkbook registers, duplicate checks & computer financial software. Since my Blackberry is pretty much with me at all times (ok, maybe not in the shower but that's only because I know I'd drop it & I'm pretty sure my Blackberry isn't waterproof), I figured I'd let it simplify one more area of my life.

About Mobile Checkbook

Mobile Checkbook takes the place of an actual paper transaction register and allows the user to record their transactions as they occur or at a later date. The user may also transfer funds, reconcile accounts and set up automatic or recurring transactions. There is no limit on how many accounts you may create and the application even allows you to use one of many currency options (you can even remove the currencies you won't use). Mobile Checkbook transaction lists can be exported via email with optional XLS or QIF attachments which can then be imported easily into most computer financial software. Mobile Checkbook even has a PIN code password feature that you can set just in case you're worried about someone seeing your financial information if your phone gets lost.

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Conclusion

After using Mobile Checkbook for a few days, I'd have to say the app is a great addition to anyone's Blackberry. It is very user-friendly and the screens are easy to read. I loved being able to reconcile my accounts and see the difference of what had already cleared versus what hadn't. The support staff (thanks again @Mobatech on Twitter) were expedient in their response time and very helpful when I posed the question of current versions & backup options. Plus at only 475 KB, it took up very little memory on my 8330 (and yes, I'm still rocking the 8330 because I can't force myself to take the plunge on the 9650 just yet with all the "rumors" of newer & better coming this fall). My only negative suggestion is that the backup/restore option is a bit long & involves the use of Desktop Manager. I would love to see this streamlined in the future and have been told that it's in the works and will not require Desktop Manager. This app can be downloaded via http://www.mobatech.com/mcb_bb.html & Blackberry App World.


Pros

  • User Friendly friendly option screens
  • Takes up very little memory space
  • Has the option to schedule recurring transactions to be deducted/deposited automatically
  • Transfer funds between accounts
  • Reconciliation option

Cons

  • Does not sync with actual accounts
  • Backup/Restore option is a little more lengthy then I would like

** This review was written as part of the CrackBerry Idol 2010 competition. Click for details. **

14 comments

Kevin Michaluk

Kevin (aka Ryan Seacrest): Nice job Kerri! Only two app reviews left to run on the blogs here tomorrow for Round 1 before the community votes on the ten reviewers who move on to Round 2. The competition is heating up! Let's see what the judges thought of your review Kerri...

CrackBerry Idol Judges

Dieter: Really nice video review - shows how to use an app and what it can do quite clearly. Your written review felt like it could have gone a little more in-depth (and I would have knocked the app a bit more myself for lacking proper account sync), though. You got potential, dawg.

Georgia: Hi Kerri, you did a good job explaining Mobile Checkbook in a way that was very easy to follow and understand. I enjoyed the personal comments in the written review, I found them refreshing but be careful about having too many. With all these reviews, I do not envy the readers in choosing who continues on for the next part of the competition.

Craig: Good video review. You explained the app very well and walked us through its features. I must say it sounded like a great app until the last thing in your written review mentions that it doesn't sync with actual accounts. Either way it does what its built to do very well it seems based on your review. I can't let you off the hook for writing Blackberry instead of BlackBerry :-)

Aloha Joe

...it was a good review!

glschwar

I love Mobile Checkbook and use it every day. I thought this review covered the app very well -- great job!

cribble2k

She's easy on the eyes.

arrago

you need better control of your voice pitch and rate.

if this was better the review would be very compelling. It feels abit scripted, try to go off on your own and explore without needing to rely on a script

Kerri Neill

I was probably concentrating too much on my rate and let my pitch slide. As for the scripted feel, this was completely off the top of my head. I knew what I wanted to say but was so comfortable with the application that I did not feel the need for a script.

Kerri Neill

@our judges - thanks for the comments. I appreciate the feedback and look forward to more if I make it through to the next round. I knew after I saw the first review that I too had screwed up on the BlackBerry spelling and knew that remark was coming.

@alohajoe - Thanks! I enjoyed yours as well but it makes me miss Hawaii too much lol.

@glschwar - it's an awesome app and I tried to remain as impartial as I could.

@cribble2k - thanks lol

Xopher

This was probably the best video walk-through of the entire round. It was very concise, clear, and easy to understand (and no Um's!).

The write-up was a little on the short side, but with the video, the entire review covered the app very well. Definitely puts you towards the top of my list.

Kerri Neill

very much for the compliment. I kept the write-up short in order to showcase the app in the video.

trjnberry

Good Video. I liked how clear the app was even though you shot the video in dark. I thought you did a good job showing us the menus and how the app works. I agree with Dieter on your written review, as I didn't like how you only footnoted a key missing feature to the app. I would think with an app like Mobile Checkbook that syncing with your bank account would be a major feature readers would want to know about. Not unlike a RSS reader app that allows you to read your Google Reader RSS feeds, for example. If it didn't sync with your reader online, would you want to spend the money to buy the app? I agree that your written review was a little short, but your video told me what I needed know, except the lack of syncing.

I also liked how you put the spotlight on the app, not relying on skits, tropical venues, or controversial language to get attention to your review. I would just hope in future reviews that you cover major features, both good and bad, about what you're reviewing. So, we the reader can make a wise decision on whether we want to buy the product featured in your review.

Kerri Neill

I should have given the non-syncing a bit more attention in the written. Thanks for the great feedback. I had to shoot the video in the dark in order to get the best shot. The 8330 just doesn't have the screen res that the other devices have and with the app having a black background it was even more difficult.

mobatech

Thanks for the excellent review, Kerri! We think you covered the app's main features very well and loved the video :) We wanted to quickly comment on the bank sync questions that have come up... Unfortunately, online bank balances often do not reflect a customer's true balance (e.g. recently written check, restaurant tip that has not yet posted, gas charge, etc). This often results in overdraft fees (a multi-billion dollar business for banks) or difficulty managing which entries have not yet cleared across multiple accounts. With Mobile Checkbook, we’ve worked to make the transaction entry process as quick and convenient as possible so that you always know that true available balance while on the go (without having to disclose your bank account numbers and passwords). We appreciate the comments and will continue to enhance this application based on the feedback!

Kerri Neill

that I didn't catch your attention. We all have our faves regardless of how well or poorly their reviews turned out. So you're not a fan of me or the app, whichever the case may be, I can deal with that.