Unlike other expense apps that I have seen on the Market, Xpenser stores all the expenses in the cloud. This is done by syncing with Xpenser.com using an Xpenser account you create on startup. This is a nice feature which allows you to log into Xpenser.com and edit or print your expenses.
One differentiating feature of this expense app is the ability to take pictures of receipts and attach them to expenses. This is a very useful feature for the business person that has to file and carry around receipts from business expenses. Now, just snap a picture of the receipt and it is uploaded to Xpenser.com.
On first startup of the app, you are greeted with a login screen where you can use your existing Xpenser account or create a new one. From there, the UI is very user friendly and pleasing to the eyes. You can start entering expenses right away using the Quick Add function, or you can navigate to the Detail Add screen to enter more specifics for the expense and attach a receipt. Xpenser also supports multiple reports. This is a practical feature that gives you the ability separate expenses and allows for a more organized approach to dealing with numerous expense items. With Xpenser, you are also able to use Locale to setup recurring expenses based on specific conditions that are met.
So far, the developer has been very quick to respond to questions and looks to be quickly adding new features to the app.
Future features include:
- Help screen (near future)
- Integrating Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to the receipts to pull in amount, type, and location of each expense
- GPS tags to notes
- Linking phone contacts to reports
- Automated SMS/email notifications of amounts due are other possibilities
What I like about the app:
- Easy to use
- Syncs with Xpenser.com
- Handles multiple reports
- Can attach receipts
- Can use Locale for recurring expenses
- Runs on 1.5
Areas that could use some improvement:
- Add help screen (as mentioned previously, this is in the works)
Xpenser is a very useful app for keeping track of expenses which includes many features that are missing from other expense apps on the market. The $1.49 price tag is reasonable and well worth the added organization of expenses it gives you.
This review was conducted using Xpenser v1.2.4 on a Samsung Moment using firmware v1.5 and 2.1 and also HTC G1 using firmware v1.6.
Note: This review was submitted by Craig Isakson as part of our app review contest.