Oli is a writer for Finder UK. He writes guides, features and news about a range of topics, including banking, credit cards, mortgages and personal loans. He studies English Literature at the University of Sussex, and in his spare time enjoys cycling and playing the guitar, though not necessarily at the same time.
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The UK's first digital bank, smile is known for its role in past technological innovations in banking. While it was on the cutting edge of banking in the late 90s, is it still today?
While something of a juggernaut in the groceries and traditional banking sectors, Tesco Bank doesn't have quite the same aptitude for digital banking. Its app does comfortably hold its own against HSBC, TSB and first direct, but nevertheless it lags far behind the leaders in the sector, like Starling, Monzo and Revolut.
We take a look at TSB's mobile banking app, which has a lot of work to do if it wants to challenge the big beasts of digital banking such as Monzo, Barclays and Starling.
While not in the digital banking big leagues, first direct's app offers a reliable, easy way to manage your first direct accounts. Given the bank's innovative history, though, you might have expected a stronger showing in the brave new world of digital banking.
HSBC is something of a household name - in 2018, it was the 7th largest bank in the world. But how does it fare in the emerging digital banking market?
Santander is a force of nature on the high street. If you're a Santander current account holder, the Santander app is certainly worth a look. If you're not though, you may be better off looking elsewhere as Santander's mobile banking app boasts just a small amount of features compared with other banking apps.
Nationwide is undoubtedly a big deal on the high street but how does it fare in the digital banking world?
While not the flashiest of apps, RBS's mobile banking app provides a reliable and secure way to manage your money round the clock while also boasting a few eye-catching features. While not in the same league as digital mainstays like Revolut, it holds its own with its high street peers such as NatWest and Nationwide, while also giving apps such as N26 a run for their money.
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme protects customers' money if their bank or building society fails. But how does it work and are you covered?