Several stock brokerage services have thrown their hats into the iPad ring early by reworking iPhone apps for the new Apple tablet within a few days of the product’s release. E*Trade, Nasdaq OMX and Thomson Reuters are among those releasing iPad apps in the past week.
E*Trade Mobile Pro
As the iPad is a hybrid between laptop computer and iPhone, E*Trade’s redesigned Mobile Pro app draws features from both E*Trade’s Mobile Pro iPhone app and its full-service site. According to a news release, the iPad app will allow users to view real-time stock quotes, trade stocks, view portfolios and accounts, and view streaming news from CNBC. If the video embedded here is any indication, E*Trade’s app uses all of the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen to display charts, live video feeds and other interfaces. The Mobile Pro app is free.
NASDAQ OMX Portfolio Manager
According to a news release, the Portfolio Manager app lets users build virtual portfolios, track stock prices, view video clips, post tweets to a financial social media community and draw performance charts and curves. The NASDAQ app is an expanded version of the existing apps created for iPhone and iPod touch. The Portfolio Manager app is free.
Thomson Reuters Marketboard
Thomson Reuters’ entry in the iPad app market combines a financial news feed with live market updates and the ability to buy or download company transcripts and documents. The Marketboard app is free, but purchasing documents could be as costly as $49.99, according to the Financial Times.
The Numbers app, part of Apple’s iWork suite, is available for $9.99. Numbers is an application that allows you to create spreadsheets and input information on the go. The powerOne App is a calculator that includes pre-installed equations for finance, mortgages, and other calculations.
The iPad will still run apps designed for the iPhone, meaning whatever stock-tracking app you used previously will still work. But only apps optimized for the new device will fit the iPad’s much larger screen.