Recently for Christmas I finally purchased my beloved iPad after thinking about it and talking about it for some time… This is a purchase I’ve delayed for a couple months in order to purchase it at a time I had the extra money, and in order to follow my financial 30 day rule for saving money.
Now that I have the new iPad, I am really stoked and am already sucked into the Apple black hole. I now use it as much, if not more, than my laptop and especially like it for keeping up with my blog.
I know many of you don’t have a tablet device and may be in the market it for one (doesn’t have to be the iPad) so I’m here to encourage you to pull the trigger and get one – once you have the money of course!
With this post I want to point out the excellent tools I use on my iPad to track my finances and keep up to date with my blog. These apps are not exclusive to the iPad but can also be put on an android device like the Nexus tablet (and others).
If you don’t have an iPad or tablet – never fear – tablet applications are basically just web portals with the same type of access that you can also receive via the internet through your computer’s web browser.
Now onto the tools…
Banking Apps – I’m now officially converted over to my iPad for checking my bank account, paying my bills, and tracking my credit card spending. I personally use the US Bank app, as this is where I do my banking, so fortunately for me I really love it.
This isn’t to say I exclusively use my iPad for checking my bank account online, but it is to say that using my banking app is amazingly convenient and makes the web experience extremely enjoyable as everything is laid out exactly where I desire it (as if I designed it myself).
I know there are many banks out there, so every app will be different – but I betting the principle still applies across the board. Banking applications on the iPad are awesome and make this routine task of checking my account, much more enjoyable.
Brokerage Apps – Many of us have a 401k, 403b, or a ROTH IRA. (…at least I hope you do). We also have stocks that we purchase and trade outside of our retirement accounts. For me, having my brokerage accounts right on my iPad makes me so happy in this regard. I can track my IRA accounts, trade and track stocks, and receive alerts right at my fingertips.
Many of these brokerage apps also have ‘mock’ trading available on their tablet applications. This allows you to create portfolio scenarios so that you can ‘practice’ trading – so to speak – before actually risking real money. I use this tool all the time for “play trading” options and analyzing credit spreads.
In many ways I find the ‘mock trading’ tools more fun than many of the games provided on these devices. (Yes, it’s better than angry birds)
Market Tracking – Maybe you don’t want to login and check your full brokerage account, and just want to quickly check the S&P 500 or your favorite stock. Tablets are especially great for this as well…
I personally use two applications, Yahoo MarketDash and StockTracker. Both do a great job at presenting the financials of the company I’m tracking, including excellent charts, alerts, and up to date news information.
Personally, I just started using Mint, and think I’m really going to like all the features and information it provides. Even in this short amount of time, it’s easy to see that Mint rocks for keeping you on budget and tracking your expenses!
WordPress App – This app is by far my most used iPad application for blogging. On the WordPress app, I can check my dashboard which includes a lot of the information I want to quickly see, including incoming links, visitors’ statistics, and other important admin information.
But clearly to me, the best tool is the commenting area of the app. Keeping up and replying to comments is “super-easy” with this tool. I don’t have to log into my account every time I want to approve a new comment, or reply to something that catches my eye. I am already logged in on the iPad and am ready to rock and roll.
Twitter & Facebook – If you’re a blogger, than I’m willing to bet you have a Twitter and Facebook account for your blog. Both applications run amazing well on a tablet and smartphone device. So much so, that I personally haven’t checked Twitter or Facebook on my computer in over 3 months.
Why, you ask? Because the apps themselves are so simple and user friendly for everyday use – there is just no reason to go online anymore through a regular browser. I can do everything I want, right on my iPad.
Create Your Own – One of the coolest things I enjoy about the iPad is that even if an application doesn’t exist for a certain website I enjoy visiting; I can create a home screen link (similar to an app) and set it on my desktop for easy access.
I personally do this for checking my Alexa information, my Google AdSense account, and of course Yakezie – the best blogger network on the planet. Essentially, the opportunities are endless in this regards!
My Conclusion – Why should you Care?
So, why do I bring all this up and gloat about the iPad and its features?
For me it’s simple, it’s all about time management and improving my efficiency. Most people reading this article probably know what I’m talking about when I say that “life is busy.”
If you’re a blogger, than life is crazy busy!!! As blogging is a massive time eater in your everyday life. In many ways you can spend hours upon hours working on your blog and never feel done. Because of this, anything I can do to save time and improve my efficiency in my everyday tasks is of immense value.
Is this the only reason I use an iPad? No, I also use it because I love technology… but, it’s clearly the most valuable time saving tool I own next to my iPhone.
Readers, what are your thoughts about using an iPad or Tablet device in your everyday life? If you own one, how has it improved your life efficiency? If you don’t want one, please share with me why?