Mint vs. Pageonce: the iPad dilemma


I'll admit: I haven't been an early adopter of applications that help you track and analyze your finances, such as the popular Mint.com.

It was just this week that my wife got motivated enough to dump our financial info into the Website and get an aggregated view of all of our bills, expenses, investments and savings. Mint impressed us, and we've been pretty excited about the insights it already has given us into our financial habits.

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Mint has an iPhone app that's somewhat limited. But here's the crux for myself and many others: It doesn't yet have an iPad app. Mint is reportedly working on an iPad app, but it seems the long wait for it has annoyed its user community. Mint apparently uses a lot of Adobe Flash to generate those nice charts and graphs for you to analyze your data -- but all of that doesn't work on Apple's iPad and iPhone platforms, where Flash is forbidden.

Mint, which used to be independent, is now owned by Intuit. People wonder why Intuit hasn't moved quicker to roll out an iPad app for the millions of users on that platform. A Forrester Research report released this week indicates that Mint will roll out iPad and Android tablet apps in the fall.

So, yesterday, I went through what I guess every Mint user who owns an iPad has gone through: I searched for the Mint iPad app online, which I obviously didn't find. Instead, I found its lesser known competitor, Pageonce, which happens to be on basically all platforms: Android, Blackberry, Apple iPad/iPhone, and even the relatively new Windows Phone.

And, because I want to use my iPad as part of my efforts to track my finances, I signed up for Pageonce. I'm willing to give Pageonce a chance right now -- which is something that Mint should have never allowed for me to do! If it works as well as Mint, I may say goodbye to Mint because I can use Pageonce on all my various gadgets.

So, add this blogpost to the cacophany on the Web about Mint's iPad app: What's going on, Intuit?

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