Moni is a simple, minimal and beautiful new budgeting app for iPhone that took less than 15 minutes of playing with to become my default money manager app on the iPhone. I’ve tried plenty of finance apps on my phone, but could never find myself using them extensively. Moni seemed different to begin with, and over the last two weeks I’ve found that it to be the perfect app for my needs. I love this quote from their App Store description:
In a day when so much is automated, some times you’ve got to go manual to get it right.
Moni features a very elegant interface that uses a very impressive choice of colors and interactions. The app has a very flat-ish look to and features absolutely no native elements, giving it a very sleek and dare I say, sexy look.
It’s not just Moni’s UI that makes it so good, it’s how functionally simple it is to use. You begin by adding your accounts and how much money you have in each. Moni has two prominent buttons at the bottom of its UI — an orange one to enter in every time you spend on something and a green one to enter every time you earn something. This makes entering your transactions very easy. As you press the buttons, the sheet slides up revealing a numeric keypad. Enter your amount, add an optional note to describe the transaction and you’re set. At the top, you can swipe between which account the transaction corresponds too, though this behavior isn’t too obvious at first.
The main screen shows you a quick overview of the total amount in all your accounts and a list of recent transactions. If you want to view the overview of each account, simply pull the dark sheet up from the bottom. Again, you can swipe between the different accounts left or right. Pushing the main overview screen down reveals the settings of the app.
I have been using Moni for the last two weeks and have found it to be a perfect combination of ease of use, elegance and a functional UI. It’s available on the App Store for just $0.99.