Experts say SplashMoney is a good choice for those who want to manage their money while on the go. It comes in a Windows or Mac desktop version (*Est. $20), and is also available as an iPhone app (*Est. $5) that syncs wirelessly with the desktop software. You can also get mobile software (*Est. $30) for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and other smartphones, bundled with desktop software. SplashMoney is best suited to users who are new to financial accounting software and just want to manage financial accounts and set up a budget with basic reports, according to reviewers. You can download transactions directly from your financial institutions, but it has none of the advanced planning or investment tracking features that more expensive software offers. SplashMoney offers a 30-day free trial and a 60-day money-back guarantee, so it's easy to try it out without making a commitment.
We found individual reviews of SplashMoney at About.com, iPhoneTunes.net, and The iPhone Blog. Macworld reviews the Splashmoney iPad app. Reviews of the mobile software and apps are helpful because this is one of the few finance software products that's available for multiple mobile devices.
1. Laptop Magazine
Dana Wollman awards SplashMoney a disappointing 2.5 stars out of 5. He likes that you can store data locally on your computer and that it has support for different currencies. However, he found the setup to be "clumsy" and doesn't recommend the product.
Review: SplashMoney Review, Dana Wollman, Oct. 21, 2010
This inexpensive software is perfect for novices and those who want a simple way to manage their accounts and track spending, according to Elmblad. SplashMoney for Windows or Mac Desktop offers an easy-to-understand user interface and the ability to set up and manage a budget and generate basic financial reports. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: SplashMoney Personal Finance Software Review, Shelley Elmblad, Updated July 6, 2010
SplashMoney receives the silver medal in TopTenReviews' 2012 roundup of finance Blackberry apps. Saying that it goes several steps further than other personal finance software apps, the editors praise its "surprisingly comprehensive" features.
Review: SplashMoney 4.08 for BlackBerry, Editors of TopTenReviews, As of August 2012
Daniel Fernandez rates SplashMoney's iPhone app version 4.7.2 on appearance, usability, features and value. The app gets a 4 out of 5 on usability and features, 3 on appearance, and 3.5 on value. Despite one bug -- the app sometimes closes while you're entering data -- he gives it a fair overall rating of 3.625 out of 5.
Review: Review: SplashMoney iPhone App, Daniel Fernandez, Feb. 16, 2010
5. The iPhone Blog
Mobile device expert Brian Hart writes that although the software has a few bugs, "it is a very promising financial app for your iPhone with some powerful features." He likes that the software supports many types of accounts and multiple currencies and that it provides real-time currency updates.
Review: App Review: SplashMoney, Brian Hart, Sept. 8, 2008
David Dahlquist introduces the SplashMoney app for the iPad, stating that it can sync with the desktop software and is designed to make full use of the iPad display screen. Users can create budgets from the app and produce customized reports and charts.
Review: SplashShopper and SplashMoney now available on iPad, David Dahlquist, July 14, 2010