Searching on the apple store I came about QST mobile; on the desktop side, It is decent ... On the iPad side, it has lots and lots to go... Just awful ... I am staying away from it... The functionality and navigation has a long way to mature.
I tried to take screen captures, but the glare on the iPad reflecting the flash or even without the flash makes pictures look really funky..
so I had a chance on the train to evaluate the news section while I was researching the markets... I had to put some thought about what I was after when evaluating the applications.. which brought me to the question as to: why do I read the news? what am I looking to get from the news?
questioning the reason reminded me that the whole purpose of reading the news is to help with one bias as to how the market might move, and by that I mean the day or even the week bias.. it is not for "entertainment"... I mean, what will move the market? the fact that US gov might be gridlock?, or the fact that a drug adict singer died? ...
hence the difference about news, and news articles... with that in mind I evaluated the choices I had...
- IBD has great content, but the application functions is just akward and not very user friendly... just for that single reason, I was turned off and removed it. I believe an application should be intuitive, easy to use, and functional.
- Financial Times, I love the news paper. Great content, but at the same time lots of news articles. do I really care about all of the sections? no. Their best feature is how they laid out their market data section, I mean it shows me the markets of the world against the world map background, that is just awesome as it takes thought away from me. Other than that I care about their Markets and Companies Section. The rest is a "nice" to have, but I could not care less for the Life and Arts section for example. Going back to my guiding principle for the evaluation, the ratio of news to news articles was very low... for that reason, I decided to remove it.
that leaves me with three news sources... well, two actually... Bloomberg and Reuters... each has its advantages on how they display their data and bloomberg excels at providing me with an overall view markets with charts (D/W/M/Y trends) as well as the strenght of its components... Reuters MarketBoad does as well.. just a bit different. I have to play more with the remaining apps...
MB Trading has a good app for Android, I'm sure it's on iOS too. The charting is pretty good, but order execution leaves much to be desired.
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Given the iPAD lacks the required capabilities for running marketdelta for my charting, I figure it would be good to have a source where I can run certain applications that would otherwise run on my laptop or desktop but cant run on the iPAD; to that end I went ahead with obtaining a VPS with W2008R2 STD from godaddy.com before I left the office.
The VPS has been active and I have been installing applications on it. I have tested the RDP clients now over wifi and over 3g, and I have to say they are very close in terms of performance and ease of use. The biggest drawback to the iRdesktop client is the whole ads piece, which pocketcloud has as well, but at lest I can spend $15 and remove those ads to save bw.
so there you have it, as a result of the ads on the iRdesktop app, I am going with pocketcloudpro for $15. The cost is not outrageous, and the features I gain once I go pro match and go beyond what iRdesktop provides as a free version.
Please dont assume that iRdesktop is not a great RDP client, it is actually the best free RDP client there is for the iPAD. I just prefer my software as much as possible without bandwidth consuming ads. If they come up with a for pay version, I would gladly support them as I see value to their app.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S that I use to keep an eye on trades away from my computer. The simplest and most reliable setup i have found is a good quality remote desktop app and twitter (for news). My data provider gives me unlimited twitter usage as part of my data plan so i just found the best twitter app and widget to suit my needs for news and I follow all the usual suspects (bloomberg, ap etc).
I use Xtralogics Android RDP app (approx $25) to remote to my desktop while on the go. I set up port forwarding in my router and the RDP app allow one button press to log into my trading rig securely from anywhere I have a phone signal. The advantage of this setup is I get the reliability and speed of my trading rig and home internet connection and Ninja Trader on the go.
I'm sure you could set this up nicely on an iPad or any android tablet. The other bonus is RDP is widely used so any pc can become your slave in case of emergency.
I looked at android 3.1 on the Samsung 10.1 ... I bought it as well over the weekend over at BestBuy... I returned it the next day... 1) the OS is still not there in terms of multitasking, 2) the application support is very limited, 3) couldnt clean up the interface unless I rootkit the device ... I dont mind hacking my own device, but I dont feel like hacking anything.. to me my tools should make my life easier, not more difficult.. also, I dont use NT7, so not interested on having it on the go at all.
Also, keep in mind my intent is to trade on the device, not to keep track of trades which I can do already via my iphone or any other device... to keep track of trades, $500-$800 for a device seems rather silly.. IMO of course.