Do me a favor and open your smartphone for a while. How many apps have you downloaded? Now tell me how many of these apps do you actually use and find indispensable.
It’s easy to get lost in the world of smartphone apps. There are so many to choose from that you can’t help but wonder if you need all the bells and whistles each one offers. In fact, some of them may become counter-productive and tie you up to new tasks or tasks that you could have done better without apps in the first place. It’s therefore important to be very discerning in downloading apps for your phone. Here are a few that have proved useful for workers on-the-go.
1Password – Do you find it hard to generate passwords for all the sites you subscribe to? Get the mobile version of 1Password to help you generate secure passwords and keep them safe from prying eyes. The app also lets you securely store credit card numbers, software license keys, and all the other numbers you need to remember.
Bizodo – The only app you need to create instant forms like invitations, surveys, order forms, event registrations and landing pages, all of which you can embed on your Facebook page. With this app, you can also follow-up tasks and sync information to your account.
Google Maps – Need instant directions? No need to pull over and ask for hard-to-find locations. Google Maps is where everything is at. This is a must-have app for constant travellers.
Expensify – Create expense reports easily by adding any purchase and uploading it, taking a picture of your receipt and uploading it, and/or entering your driving distance and recording it as an expense. This iPad app also lets you link your credit card or bank account to make it easy to track your spending. The new 3.13 version is upgraded with a swipe-to-delete function.
Keynote – A powerful iPhone app, Keynote helps you deliver instant pitch presentations. Impress clients with interactive presentations complete with attractive charts and graphs. You can also use this app to edit presentations you created in Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote ’09.
RingCentral – With the RingCentral app, you can have your main business number display as your caller ID, giving calls a more professional image. If Wi-Fi is unavailable, you can also use RingOut to make calls. This Internet telephone company also launched RingCentral Cloud Touch, the only phone system that lets you set-up, manage, and use your phone system through your smartphone or tablet. The RingCentral app is free for download and can be used by all RingCentral subscribers.
XE Currency – converts currencies from 180 countries and saves the last conversion for offline reference just in case you need it. This currency converter is easy to use and features up-to-the-minute currency rates and charts.
Wi-Fi Finder – This app makes it easy for you to find the closest free or paid Wi-Fi in over 320,000 locations in 240 countries. You can also filter the type of location you want. If you need a restaurant, hotel or cafe with Wi-Fi, this app gives you the business phone number and directions on how to get there.
With these apps, you can pretty much do away with similar space-consuming apps on your phone.