TradeFields – 3/10


TradeFields is a really unfortunate app.  It is a superb idea, with excellent resources, but the execution is about as bad as it gets.  TradeFields is a free stock market simulator that allows you to gain experience in investing in stocks without actually risking any of your money.  For those who have no intention of gaining experience in the stock market, but just want to test their wits and see if they have what it takes to strike it rich (like me), TradeFields is also for you.  This app has been neglected in the past two years, as it has not been updated or fixed up at all.  As you would assume, apps require maintenance just like anything else, and without it they become extremely buggy and outdated.  That is basically a great way to describe TradeFields: extremely buggy and outdated.  Not outdated in the sense that the actual values of the stocks are not current (all the stocks have remained up to date), but the software of the app is ancient.

Anything that you can do in the real stock exchange, you can do in TradeFields.  It’s easy to set watch lists, which are lists of stocks that you can keep an eye on.  I would like to see an easier way to track the stocks you currently own, such as a nice overview of your portfolio in real time, showing where you’re gaining and losing.  TradeFields does offer something like this, but it takes a bit of digging to extract all the useful stuff.  Having it all in one nice portfolio would surely be nice.

But first, I’d need to see a lot of other improvements.  Some extremely annoying “bugs” include the infamous chart errors and the wacky transactions list.  When viewing charts, you have the options of seeing the stock’s value over long and short periods of time (1 day, 5 days, 1 month, 5 months, 1 year).  However, these are all backwards.  When you click 1 day, you get 1 year.  Clicking 1 year will display 1 day.  That’s really annoying.  How does that even happen?  At least you can get used to that and just rely on the axis to tell you what you’re looking at.  One thing that I’m still not used to (and it should never have been an issue in the first place) is the transaction list.  When you want to buy something, you need to press the button for short-sell, and vice versa.  When you’d like to buy to cover, you’ll need to instead press sell, and vice versa.  What the heck is wrong with that?  Not only does that make me make lots of mistakes and lose money, but it’s just completely irritating and a dumb problem to have.  I haven’t even tried more complicated transactions, like limiting, because I simply don’t have the patience for it to go wrong.  Stuff like this makes me want to stay away from TradeFields, but I still want to buy and sell my stocks…  The last major problem is the issue of logging into the service.  If you shall still download TradeFields, I warn you: do not give them your Facebook information.  Should you chose this as your login method, your wall (or timeline, I guess) will be spammed with every transaction.  They somehow sneak these posts onto your Facebook even if you select not to share.  On the other hand, you can compete against friends if you play through Facebook, but I can’t be certain that this feature works, given that none of my Facebook friends are on TradeFields.  On top of all these problems, the app crashes repeatedly and often, and almost always makes you log back in every time you open it up.

So there you have it.  Great idea, absolutely horrendous execution.  TradeFields could be amazing if the developers weren’t MIA and there were some simple bug fixes.  If only they listened to what the people wanted… We’d surely have something worth while here.  3/10.

-TheAppEmperor *flipping* out


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