Weekly App Store Gems – Utilities for Expense Tracking and Weather
Every single day thousands of applications flood the the open doors of Apple’s App Store. Some are genuinely good while others are trash that someone has created simply to squeeze a few bucks out of, which causes many of the deserving applications to slip under the view of a casual App Store user. Therefore, in order to shed light on these underrated applications, iPhone Alley has begun to highlight any hidden gems hiding within the arsenal of applications the App Store currently hosts. Whether you’re the kind seeking a worthwhile game to waste some time, or you’re in search of an intuitive utility that bests every other, these weekly guides are your ultimate resource for finding apps that have slipped under the general radar of App Store users.
Conditions — Beautiful Weather Info on the Go!
When it comes down to iOS weather-tracking utilities, we’ve done some thorough research. Venturing from one weather application to another, seeking the one with the most optimal lineup of features and elegance, the App Store has consistently managed to turn us down disappointed. In the areas where some apps exceed exceptionally, others are downright horrible – and the cycle continues, leaving the spot for an all-around weather utility empty and vacant. Of course, one person’s outlook of a weather app may drastically differ from another person’s depending on an individual’s priorities.
Conditions, completely new to the App Store, doesn’t take the cake for the most noteworthy weather app, but it’s still arguably a deserving investment. The app is incredibly simple; after inputting your location and unit preference, you’ll be faced with one screen displaying the current forecast and temperature, as well as a 5-day forecast. These forecasts are accompanied solely by a self-explanatory illustration, reflective of the day’s forecast – there’s no display of chance of precipitation, wind speed or any of the other common information.
Conditions is hardly unique, considering the plethora of other apps that do the same thing, nor is it very robust. However, if you’re simply looking for the current weather and brief overview of the weather for a week, it’s not too shabby – in fact, the aesthetics are clean and quite awing.
Next for iPhone - Track your expenses and finances
Taking the current economy into consideration, and the tightness of money, tracking your finances can be extremely essential in order to ensure well-being. Developer, noidentity gmbh has attempted to simplify the process of logging your expenses with an incredibly-built, intuitive utility for the iPhone dubbed Next.
Using the app’s central dashboard, where a whole array of icons are displayed in rows of three, users can input their expenses into the respective category with the simple touch of a button. Clicking on an icon will bring up a number pad and scrolling menu to select the date on which the amount was spent. Purchase a cup of coffee? Bought a song from iTunes? You can quickly pull out Next, enter the amount spent, and you don’t have to worry anymore.
Icons will change color depending on the amount spent in each – the most popular categories will adapt a dark blue color, a lighter blue will be applied to some categories indicating that money has been spent here and categories in which you haven’t spent any money will remain grey. The user can scroll to the left or right to see expenses, which can be displayed for a certain type or by increments of weeks, months or years.
Although it’s nowhere comparable to desktop money-management software, such as Quicken or other similar programs, Next is a pocket-friendly companion that’ll allow you to stay in complete control of your expenses and keep your funds organized.