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Quick Look: Mobile Checkbook updated for version 4.5 - 10 copies to be won!!

By Ryan Blundell on 26 Oct 2011 01:37 pm EDT
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Mobile Checkbook 4.5

I don’t have to tell you that it’s becoming increasingly critical to have solid management on your finances. If I do have to tell you, you probably have too much money…and you need to give some to the rest of us. It’s all about budget tracking; capturing what’s coming in and what’s going out. Sure, it’s a pain, but it’s a necessary pain if you want to make sure you know what you can afford. Lil’ Timmy won’t be able to play hockey if you’re loading your BlackBerry smartphone and/or PlayBook with paid apps (sorry Timmy, sacrifices have to be made).

Mobile Checkbook is a widely known, highly favoured personal accounting application for BlackBerry smartphones. Both Kerri and I have reviewed the application in the past and it’s safe to say that both of us are big fans. Mobile CheckBook was recently updated for version 4.5 with some impressive features. One of which is a fully integrated, cloud-based backup/restore option. There are a few more additions to touch on, which we will have a look at after the jump. To (hopefully) save you from repetitive information, check out Kerri’s review, check out my review and read on for more goodies!

About Mobile Checkbook

In case you skipped out of reading both reviews (for shame!), Mobile CheckBook was developed by Mobatech, the same brains behind Datepedia and Mobile Bartender. Again, Mobile CheckBook was updated to version 4.5, which has a file size of roughly 1.3MB. It’s available for BlackBerry smartphones running OS 4.2 or higher.

Cost: $4.99

Rating in CrackBerry App Store: 4/5

Rating in BlackBerry App World: 4.5/5

Integrated, cloud-based Backup & Restore solution

Before you can choose to backup or restore your data, you need to create a free account. Luckily, you can do this from within Mobile CheckBook. From the menu, select Backup/Restore. For your security, the restore process requires you to enter in your password (the one you used when creating your account).With this option, you data is safe, as long as you remember you account details. Your details will also follow you if you wipe your BlackBerry smartphone or swap to a different model.

Mobile Checkbook backup/restore

Balances on main menu screen

You may notice that account balances now show up on the main menu of Mobile Checkbook. This was added as a quick reference, rather than having to access each type of account. Now there is an option to remove from the settings menu if you want to keep prying eyes away from your finances. Honestly though, remember that you can enable password protection, requiring you to enter in your password before even accessing the application. If you use that, is there really a need to hide your balances? Speaking of passwords, another feature is the single password solution – the same password used for logging in and backup/restore.

Mobile Checkbook balance

Reset Account feature

Mobatech added a convenient shortcut that allows you to reset your account balance and erase its transactions. This feature does require you to confirm your decision, so don’t worry about accidently resetting the balances. All I can say is make sure you back up often…just in case. This option sure beats removing an account altogether.

Mobile Checkbook reset

Other additions include some small, but important changes. A comma has been added as a separator for transaction amount ($25000.00 will now read as $25, 000.00). The default currency list was updated slightly; the Indian Rupee was replaced by the Indonesian Rupiah and the South African Rand was added. During transaction reconciliation, Mobile Checkbook now includes a Mark All option – definitely adding much needed efficiency.

Conclusion

Mobile Checkbook keeps on getting better and better. It also proves why it’s the top personal accounting application for BlackBerry smartphones. Both new and existing users will love the new Backup/restore and single password features, which adds safety and security. Mobile CheckBook is currently on sale for $4.99 at the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest: We have 10 copies of Mobile Checkbook to giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment below to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST.

More information/download Mobile Checkbook for BlackBerry smartphones

Reader comments

Quick Look: Mobile Checkbook updated for version 4.5 - 10 copies to be won!!

193 Comments

Yes and no. Can you just log the transaction and sync it, yes but the person with the other phone would then have to do a restore before logging any of their transactions and vice versa. Does that make sense?

looking for a good expense tracker for a long time now :-) this one seems very nice to me --> would love to win one (4,99 is expensive....)

this is just what I need to get my finances in order. so much easier than sitting in front of a computer!

Please hook me up with a copy!

I've looked into this app a couple times, but never pulled the trigger to buy it. Count me in...it looks like a great tool.

I have been searching for an app like this to keep my Overseas account info, withdrawals, balance etc, thank you in advance :)

I use this daily. I would love to win one for my cousin!

*Edit*
Appworld still shows 4.0.33 on my device even after the reset.
Do we have to pay for the upgrade?

I currently own Mobile Checkbook version 4.0, and I am wondering if this update will be made to me and other existing customers free of charge?

I'd love to get one copy of it to manage my finances! It looks like a great tool that got an interesting upgrade now. Thanks for the contest.

I'm so glad they finally added South African Rands to the currency list! I reallly would love to win a copy!

I have the 4.0 version that I bought at mobihand. just wondering if it will push the4.5 update soon? I check crackberry store it also have 4.0 which is not really weird because it's an affiliate partner of mobihand.

Okay Crackberry I NEED this. I'm so bad with money my wife says it's this App or she's signing us up to be on the show "Till Debt Do Us Part." I don't want any part of that nonesense so hook a brother up! PLEASE!!

I was using the original version and loved it. I upgraded today and, much to my surprise, none of my data (about 6 months worth of transactions in two different accounts) was able to be accessed. I had to start over from scratch as if it was the first time using the app. Quite the hassle to set up the accounts again. Luckily, I also have the same data on my PC, written check registers, and on an app on my iPad. Maybe a little overkill but better to have too much backup rather than not enough.

I have the previous version of this app and it is just awesome. Alot of new features have been added that make it a no brainer!!!! I Want IT!!!!!!!! I'm broke!!!!

Please pick me. I spend two dollars for every one dollar I make. Maybe this'll help me keep track!

Luck is for losers. Destiny, now that is another story. Come on guys, send a copy this direction. Thank you all. I appreciate it.

I would love to win this app! I've always used my BB's a my checking register! Thanks for the chance to win this!

Have been balancing my checkbook on a spreadsheet for years now. My BB and Dropbox has made this easier for me but this app looks to be tops. Would love a copy of this.

Seems extremely useful, i'd love to win a copy of this one. Thank you CrackBerry for this chance! Good Luck everyone

When will this be updated in the CrackBerry App Store? It keeps telling me I have the latest version with v4.0.