Top 10 Apps for Business – iPhone Edition
Mobile phones can be used for many things – games, texting, calling, entertainment and so on, but mobile phones are quite important in the business world as well these days which is why we’ve decided to start up the ‘Top 10 Apps for Business’ Segment on the website. Obviously they’ll be a lot of opinions on which is the best, but we feel our list should do justice to you business users out there. We’ve tried and tested every app on the list, and we tend to use most of them as well, some more regularly than others. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to add them in the comments below.
First up is the ever popular iPhone Edition, which we’re sure will be quite popular with you iPhone Business users out there. The list below is in no particular order, but are rather the 10 best. The beauty of this guide is that most apps here can also be found on an iPad if you require them to be so.
And don’t worry, they’ll be an Android and Windows Phone edition soon as well!
Category: Social Networking
LinkedIn can be summarized as the Professional Facebook, the networking tool used most by businesses and their employees. Of course, that’s our summarization, but you can’t deny that hit’s the nail on the head. With over 120 million users on LinkedIn, what better way to get connected than through your phone to all those potential (and current) connections. The best part is that LinkedIn can also act as your business cards, so rather than needlessly handing out cards (and receiving a ton back), you can just add each other in LinkedIn.
Furthermore, you can always join Business Groups that you think will be interesting or connected to your business, in order to increase the amount of social networks available to you. Available for free.
Evernote is one of our favorite apps out there because it allows us to take notes not only on the go, but allows us to sync notes with the Evernote Cloud so it can be accessed from any other device that has Evernote installed on it. This is especially useful if you have more than one smartphone or tablet (like us, we have Evernote installed on our iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices). That’s a sure fire why to make sure your files are never lost, even if your phone get’s wiped.
Apart from notes, you can take voice memos, ideas, or snapshots on your iPhone, all of which will be easily accessible once synced. It’s basically your all in one go to app for all things that need recording, and we don’t doubt you’ll find this app extremely useful, especially since it’s free.
For those of you who are regular readers to the Techin5 website, you should know what Dropbox is by now. For those who don’t, Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere you go, thanks to it’s seamless cloud storage system. It’s quite a lot like Evernote, but takes things a step further by allowing you to drop all kinds of files from your PC or phone into Dropbox, where they can be accessed via any device which you have installed Dropbox on. You get 2GB of free storage to start of with, but you can easily get more by paying for it ($9.99/month for 50GB of storage, and $19.99/month for 100GB of storage).
You can also share certain files and folders with other Dropbox folders, making it easily the most used app for us here at Techin5. Sharing and storing information is vital and important and Dropbox makes that process seamless and easy. To top it all off, once downloaded you can then access all the files offline as well.
Category: Social Networking
I’m sure we all know and have probably used Skype, the most popular video chatting website available. It’s also one of the best programs out there, and most Business workers are bound to have this installed on their computers or smartphones. Apart from video calls (assuming your iPhone has a front facing camera) and voice calls, you can also use it to send text messages locally and internationally (this obviously requires you to have Skype Credits) and their costs are some of the most affordable out there (quite useful if you travel a lot, all you need it wi-fi connection or 3G).
It’s a free app, with the only cost coming from the use of other Skype features, which like we’ve said requires Skype Credits. In our professional opinion, this is one of the most useful apps that you’ll find on the marketplace and you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever operated without this app.
PayPal has shot up as one of the most useful payment methods in recent times, and while we take issue with it from time to time (and their decision processes), there’s no doubt that Paypa is the safest way of paying others from your phone, or computer. It’s especially useful since with the iPhone App you can do the same things that you could on your computer such as pay others, manage your account, see transactions and so on.
The best thing about PayPal itself, is that transactions are sent and received immediately (or as close to as you can get). Unlike bank transfers which can take a few business days, you can receive a payment within minutes of the money being sent. It’s an absolute must to have PayPal in the business world, and this app helps you with that on the go.
Tripit is the best app for those Business Men and Women who find themselves travelling a lot. Tripit basically allows you to have your entire travel itinerary in the palm of your hand, from hotels to flights to car rentals – it can all be stored in your phone and accessible via Tripit. Tripit makes life easier by auto-importing travel details from your email to the Tripit website, where it then creates the itinerary for you. We use it a lot (it’s probably our most used app on this list since we travel a fair bit) and it seamlessly helps us while travelling, especially if we lose any details (it’s a great tool to use as a backup).
It also calculates the number of miles/km travelled per year (110,000 miles in 2011 for this Editor) and if you pay for the Gold premium package, it will also track your frequent flyer miles, instantly tell you if your plain has been delayed or cancelled (as well as other flight alternatives) and so forth. The Perfect Travelling companion for the Business Traveller.
Link: WorldCard Mobile
For those of you who can’t get away from Business Cards, then this is the perfect app for you. WorldCard Mobile basically is a business card scanner, which uses Optical Character Recognition to instantly transfer information from a Business Card to your iPhone, which is then paired up with your contacts. This means you can simply scan a card, let your phone save it and then feel free to get rid of that business card so you aren’t overflowing it it.
There are a few negatives to this app however, as it can be slow at times to recognize the business card, and it is prone to making errors from time to time. However, it’s still one of the better choices out there and if your wallet is overflowing with business cards, then get this app to help you organize your life.
Link: QuickOffice Pro
While it might be quite expensive for an app, you’ll certainly find it’s very useful on the go. QuickOffice Pro is essentially Microsoft Office for your iPhone where you can access, read, write and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on the go – something that we’re sure many business folks will want to have access to. It’s probably one of the better office document apps out there so we suggest you certainly give this one a go.
The layout itself is quite easy to understand and use, despite using it on a smaller iPhone screen, the layout is easy to access and understand upon firing the app up. But this is the best way to view and edit Microsoft Office Documents from your iPhone, and especially on the go.
Link: Dragon Dictation
While Evernote might have this feature as well, it’s no where as accurate at picking up every word. That’s where Dragon Dictation comes in, a free easy-to-use voice recognition application that instantly translates your words into text right in front of you. Take it as your own personal secretary, in your phone (and much cheaper!).
Furthermore, you can use Dragon Dictation to send text messages and emails, straight from the app. Dragon Dictation also claims to be 5 times faster than typing, and probably more accurate as well. If that’s not enough, you can also use this app to update your Facebook status, send notes and reminders to yourself, or Tweet. Now that’s a great deal, all for free.
JotNot Scanner Pro
Link: JotNot Scanner Pro
Have you ever found yourself really needing a document but you either don’t have a scanner or you’ve just not got the time for a scan? Then this is certainly the app for you, as JotNot Scanner Pro allows you to take a picture of any document and it will instantly capture than document in your phone as if you had scanned it. While the quality might not be as good as a professional scanner, it certainly comes pretty darn close.
The processed images are extremely accurate and readable, which is not bad for an app which costs a dollar. This app will basically save you time if you really need to take a bunch of documents on the road but don’t want the hassle of carrying around a stack of papers. We suggest you give this app a try if you need a document on your phone instantly.