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Last week I wrote a blog expressing my excitement for the Robinhood stock trading app, well I have been using the app all week and I am very impressed, so I decided to give it a full review. A bit of a side note, as of yesterday Robinhood has officially gone public, this means anyone in the United States who is over 18 years old can trade stocks commission free. The first thing you are greeted with upon opening the Robinhood app on the iPhone 5s, 6 or iPad Air 2 is the touch id notification, which uses your fingerprint to unlock your account. Once your account is unlocked you see a clear black or white screen showing the total value of your assets, the color of the screen denotes whether the stock market is opened or closed. Robinhood is a minimalist app and that’s what I like about it, it puts what you want most in front of you when you want it. In order to purchase stocks within the app you must first tap the search button, then add the company to your “watchlist,” once a company is on your list you can easily view basic stats about the stocks such as 52 week highs and lows, the opening price, and the day’s high and low price. The app is very promising as it shows basic information about the stocks, but the overall search functions and information could use some work. I would consider myself an intermediate stock trader, I like reading up on information about companies I am trading so I can prepare my purchases and sales accordingly, the Robinhood app lacks this stock news. I think the reason Robinhood left out the news is to avoid clutter, but I’m sure they could place a link into the app that shows a newsfeed of customer stocks with little visual interruption. Robinhood is a beautiful application and it is off to a great start, I enjoy the ease of use and the clarity, however the lack of in depth information would leave a more advanced trader feeling dwarfed. Out of a scale of 10, I would have to rate it a 7 since it looks good and works well but has some functionality needs, I hope to see the company implement improvements in the coming months as more users join the service.