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Toshl Expenses Tracker made entirely in Qt – Now available for Symbian^3 on Ovi Store (#N8 #C7) Manage your finances with ease!

Here’s a neat little app we first encountered with the Nokia N900 and Maemo 5.

  • It’s a very, very easy to use expenses tracker to help manage your finances. At this time of the year, with the plastic and cash flying at Christmas, this app is a must have download to keep an eye on your money!
  • It’s available now (Symbian^3) for FREE on the Ovi Store.
  • It’s entirely made in Qt which the makers have said Nokia people were extremely helpful with. Overall, thumbs up for Qt especially over previous alternatives. More on this at the end of post.
  • I’ve tried it on the N8 and it’s a great app (more on this below).

This doesn’t just sit on your phone. You can sync your data from your other phones with the PRO account service which not only means you can monitor your data from any phone or PC but you’ll also get analysis graphs of your expenditure to give a visualisation and new perspective of your spending.

Thanks to Matic Bitenc we have a discount code for the first 20 people that gives you 50% off the one year service.

To Begin:

Just tap add expenses. You get a funky number pad of standard keyboard/calculator layout for those used to number crunching.

Then all you have to do is just name your tag (the keyboard pops up to enter text) or choose tags. You can choose multiple tags. Then that’s it, you’re done. That’s what makes this app great – it’s so easy and hassle free to add an expense (plus the app opens really quickly).


The more you use this, obviously the more tags will appear and the less you’d have to add your own tag.


On the phone it will show you today’s expenses as default view. You can change view from “This Month”, All Time,  and “custom”. I haven’t used it for more than a day yet (will update on this when I’ve used it for a month) but in Toshl’s screenshot you can see how it would look over time with expenses being listed chronologically and then grouped by dates.

You can view expenses by tags. (Tap the “Tag” tab at the top – would be nice if it supported swipe gesture). Each tag has a total SUM of expenses within a specified time frame and it will list each individual entry under that tag (even those included in multiple tags).

This is really useful as you can see precisely how much you’re spending on food/bills/apps/transport/alcohol/cinema whatever. You don’t really get an appreciation unless you have it visually laid out for you as this app does.

This screenshot would look better had I used it for more than a day.

Tags can be edited very easily in settings.

As you can see, from settings you can also log in to your account, change currency and set language. This is also where you register.

Note the double column view in landscape instead of stretching across the page. Nice job, reminds me a little bit of Maemo 5.

With Registration, I did have a problem with the fact that you didn’t know you were connecting to anything once you press “Done, Register me”. And there doesn’t seem to be a way of registering from the web.

To be fair, it isn’t helped that I have a crappy internet connection (poor signal area and no WiFi)


ok never mind. Possibly mostly my slow connection as I’ve just received an email saying I’ve just registered. Though app still staring at me blankly.

I forgot I already registered with another address for N900. So I try again, but nothing happens.


And when you Sync with Toshl you can graphs and you can export your data in text/excel/pdf formats.



What are you waiting for? Download it from the Ovi Store – it’s FREE!

About the Qt Experience:

“QT generally worked as promised, but while QT itself is pretty mature, there were some problems with the QT mobility APIs which are sometimes a bit lacking. Similarly the documentation could be a bit more complete. On the up side, the Nokia people were extremely helpful in the process to get us over the hurdles. So generally a thumbs up for QT, especially compared with the previous alternatives.”

Hopefully as Qt Fully matures it will be a much more streamlined experience, better documentation and complete API. On the user side, it’s a good enough experience especially for the first iteration on Symbian.

Oh and since you’ve read this far, here’s the Toshl Discount code:


$9.97 instead of the usual $19.95

tip: Put Toshl as one of your homescreen app short cuts for easy access.

In future releases, it would be nice if this was a homescreen widget, to make it even easier to put in expense details :).

  1. December 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    If done in Qt, they should be able to make a N900 tailored version very easily, no? 🙂

    • December 12, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      There already is N900 version? Or do you mean N900 Qt version?

      • December 13, 2010 at 12:22 am

        This version, on N900. So Qt version. Thought that was obvious, sorry. 🙂

  2. December 13, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for the great article!
    The N900 version is currently done in Python and has been available for some time now. The next one will definitively be in QT and is mostly likely coming in early 2011.
    We’ve had a few reports with login problems on some phones, there should be a fix coming really soon, it really depends more on the Ovi Store confirmation process than on us. So stay tuned and thanks for your patience!
    If there’s a bug you notice please report it on http://getsatisfaction.com/3fs/topics

    I sure hope Toshl will already help you keep a tab on your expenses during the holidays.

    • December 13, 2010 at 12:23 am

      I’d be hugely interested in knowing, even a percentage number, how much of your Symbian Qt code had to be changed to make it work on N900.

      Nokia is after all saying, code it once and make it work anywhere that Qt is available…

      • Andre
        December 13, 2010 at 2:10 am

        If done well it should be minimal in terms of the functionality and performance I’d think.

        UI may be a problem due to differences in resolution though

  3. Stylinred
    December 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

    seems like a cool app i’ll have to try it out the only problem is getting me to be responsible in inputting everything/everytime i spend ;(

    • December 13, 2010 at 11:09 am

      Yup. Agree.

      It helps to put it as a homescreen short cut – though it would be even more helpful to have it as a widget.

      I think after a few repetitions/entries it kinda becomes a habit. Hopefully anyway.

      For me it’s frightening to see how much is being spent on a daily bases…those pennies/pounds add up! This way helps reduce on what I’m spending.

      • December 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

        I’m surprised there isn’t a widget, honestly.

        There should be a simple widget that you can click and it opens up a default add feature.

        There needs to be a focus on widgets that allow you some interaction with the actual application without having to open it entirely, this is a great example.

    • December 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      Have to have that mindset, you know? I spend a lot of my waking hours doing stuff like this in my head, I’d love to find a method just as efficient so I can offload some of the mental work.

      But it’s all in the approach, you *have* to want to make a good effort in tracking, and hopefully reducing, your expenses, or you may as well give up before you start.

  4. stylinred
    December 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    just tried it out it looks pretty good but i couldnt register/login i guess the server is down? what sucks is the app doesnt tell you anything it justs sits on the register/login page until you hit cancel

  5. Don
    December 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Been looking for something like this, nice to have it now 🙂

    I have to say I am pretty impressed by how fast the interface is (considering large efforts are being made to make Qt even faster). I suppose it is all QWidgets based if it has to use 4.6?

  6. Moyi084
    December 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    This is a good example of how awesome Qt made apps can be.

  7. December 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hi guys! All the login problems should be fixed for some time now, so if you’ve had some problems logging in please try again. Seeing all your expenses in cool graphs will be worth it! 🙂

  1. December 12, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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