I’m reminded of Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day when he was behind the wheel of a pickup and cautioned the groundhog: “Don’t drive angry, don’t drive angry!” That was just before they drove off a cliff. Now I can hear Bill telling me, “Don’t write angry, don’t write angry!” The truth is I am angry. Why? Having learned that Quicken Online was engineered to work with the iPhone, and having received an iPhone for Christmas from Mrs. Dough, I was excited to check out Quicken on the iPhone. And I wanted to share the experience with you by taking screenshots of Quicken Online directly from my iPhone. So I spent 6 hours (yes, 6 hours) hacking my iPhone so that I can take screenshots with it. I then spent 30 minutes signing up for Quicken Online, giving it all of my most secret financial information, and then accessing it on my iPhone. The results? Let’s just say it’s not pretty.
Quicken Online from my iMac
Quicken Online from my iMac looked pretty sharp. Both Gina at Lifehacker and JD at Get Rich Slowly have put together very nice visual reviews of Quicken Online. You can check these reviews out. The nice desktop screen shots, including pie charts and graphs, set my expectations for what I would see through my iPhone. After all, the iPhone runs the Safari browser, so there’s no reason why the graphics shouldn’t measure up to a desktop.
The Quicken Online splash screen gave me false hope
When I first went to Quicken Online from my iPhone, the site looked great:
Quicken Online for the iPhone is functional but uninspired
When I got to Quicken Online for the iPhone, I thought something was wrong. I kept looking for all the spiffy graphics and charts. Nothing. It’s functional, to be sure, but nothing more. Here is a screen shot of My Accounts:
Eventually, though, I did find a way to bring up some smart looking money management graphics and tools for iPhone users. From the Quicken Online screen, scroll up to the top of the page and enter the following URL: www.mint.com. What you’ll find is not perfect, but it’s light years better than Quicken Online, as the following iPhone screenshots demonstrate:
Maybe spending 6 hours to jailbreak my iPhone wasn’t a waste of time after all.