iPhone App Review: iHub

iPhone App Review: iHub

May 30th, 2011 by

Having stock market data available on the go, unheard of not too long ago, is probably essential to any industry professional these days. While there are several apps for tracking stock market listings (not to mention the included “Stocks” app that comes pre-loaded on every iPhone and that 90% of iPhone owners wish they could remove), only the iHub app is backed by the incredible depth of news coverage, Level 2 stock quotes, real-time streaming quotes, and active message boards that the iHub website has been known for since its inception.

How It Works

Using the iHub app requires an account, which you can create for free within the app, from iHub’s website, or by signing in using your Facebook identity. The app itself contains several screens of detailed stock market data, looking more like a spaceship’s control panel than a typical iPhone app.

The main screen is the Streamer, where you can view a snapshot of quotes from a customized watchlist, or from one of several pre-loaded indexes. Selecting a stock takes you to a very detailed screen that digs deeper, showing you day’s range, volume, 52 week range, and letting you swipe through several charts showing prices from the current day all the way through a 3-year range. A “More Financials” link drives even deeper, giving you access to information like the company’s PE Ratio, Dividend Payout Ratio, Tax Rate, Revenue Per Employee, and much more.

Back on the main stock’s information screen, you can see Level 2 quotes (available only to premium subscribers), trades, news about that stock, and iHub message board chatter related to the company.

Under the “More” option in the main menu is where you can directly access iHub’s message boards. Free users can only post 3 messages per month, while premium users have unlimited messaging.

Pros And Cons

The registration process was simple, at least when using Facebook: my phone switched me to the Facebook app to ask permission to allow iHub to access my data, then switched back and logged me into iHub once I had agreed. Even when I visited the iHub website on a computer it recognized my Facebook authorization there and logged me into the service.

The depth and breadth of information available through the app is staggering, even with the free membership. The streamer shows delayed stock quotes for free users but can show real-time data at certain levels of iHub premium membership. The message boards are a valuable resource for any watcher, as are the detailed financial screens available for all of the companies listed.

The app could be organized better: at the moment it doesn’t seem to be able to decide between being a financial app or a messaging app. It seems strange for the stock streamer and the mailbox to share equal space on the main menu, when the message boards themselves are hidden away under the “More” option with “Settings” and “About”. It could be that I’m entirely unfamiliar with the iHub service in general and that this makes perfect sense, and it’s what the users want and expect from the app. In that case so be it, but from a new user’s perspective it seems like the message boards and mailbox could be somehow combined under one main option, reserving the “More” link for truly incidental needs.


iHub has done a great job of translating their stellar online financial service into an all-access iPhone app for Masters Of The Universe on-the-go. If you already use the iHub service then you need this app, and if you don’t and are looking for a good financial tracker then this is a great option for you, too.

iHub is a free app that offers several levels of additional privileges and features for paid users of the main site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/advfn Warren Clark

    I love this app.  Everything I need, on the go.  If only my broker could get their act together and make something this awesome.

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