New: Dollarbird Finance App

iPhone Finance App Dollarbird

(Since this review was written, Halcyon Mobile – the company that owns the Dollarbird app – has radically changed the pricing structure and we can no longer recommend this product. Please see the final update at the foot of this post)

We’ve covered quite a few personal finance apps in recent months, including Wally, Yomaney and Budget Boss.  It’s a popular market for developers, so you may not be surprised that there is a new App vying for your attention: meet Dollarbird.

First off, if you are wondering if it’s worth looking at considering the already established competition, in my opinion the answer is: yes, it is.

Why? To start with, I know a lot of people are apprehensive about how many of these finance apps require you to enter highly sensitive personal data like bank account details – well, with Dollarbird that’s not required. Many comments on past reviews have shown that this is a real concern, so it’s good to see developers take note.

financial forecastSecondly, it really does look great, very “clean” – although design is always a highly personal factor, of course. It’s interface is calendar-based, and you can record one-off and recurring payments to get a better idea of where your money is going, and to make future financial predictions.

I really do like the look of this app and so far it seems very easy to use: I have only just downloaded it so can’t give an in-depth review at this point, but thought I would give a heads-up so you can check it out for yourself.

It’s only available for iPhone at the moment, if the demand is there we may see a version for Android users in the not-too-distant future.

You can find out more about Dollarbird here, and you can download it from iTunes here. At the moment it’s just $1.99 (please see updates below).

Update: with the overwhelmingly good response to Dollarbird for iPhone, the developers have just confirmed to me that there will be an Android version released. Great news – I’m quite a fan of this app. I will update with a release date when I get one.

Further update May 7th 2014: We are no longer recommending this app. It has gone from a $1.99 full product purchase to a “freemium” product: you can now download the “basic” version for free, but to be able to use all the features you would need to pay for the “pro” version. How much is the pro version? $4.99 a month. Yes, that’s $4.99 per month. Or you can pay $49.99 for a year.

Or you can just choose one of the many other personal finance apps that are available. As much as we liked Dollarbird, we do not think it is worth what the pro version costs and quite frankly, the free version is not worth downloading.

Philip

10 Comments

  1. I’m not sure if this is possible, but could I get an email once you guys release an Android app? This type of app seems like it would really sync with my thought process of how I budget, and seems like quite the step up from my current system using an excel sheet…

    Very anxious!

  2. Well, finally someone realizes we don’t want to put all our personal account numbers in one place. It will be interesting to see how this works without having that info.

  3. Glad to know an Android version is on the way. I’m really curious about this app.

  4. I like the Dollarbird doesn’t require all the bank info. That’s a little scary considering how insecure phones are. Hacking and any malicious intent aside, I’ve lost my phone on the NYC subway quite a few times, and anyone who’s done that knows that there’s no getting it back, ever. Imagine if my bank info went with it… scary.

  5. I tried out the free version of Yomaney a while back but for some reason I just couldn’t get along with it. I gave up on it after about a week. I thought I would give this one a go – I won’t lie, I liked the look, lol – and I much prefer it. Not saying it is ‘better’, I just got along with it better and am still using it. Well worth $2 (I got it when it was still 99c) IMO.

  6. I’m not a bi fan of these apps, I’m very skeptical about entering my personal info and, besides, what’s wrong with an old style excel worksheet? 🙂 I know I’m getting old, but too much technology is too much for me..

    • Lol, I know what you mean, George. I’m really interested to see if this pricing change will work for them, or if they find it hard to compete with other, similar apps that do a similar job for a lot less money…

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