One of the great things about smartphones and tablets is that they make it easy to be productive while you’re on the go. You likely already use your mobile device to check email, take notes, keep up with your social networks and surf the Internet.
Yet by adding a few of these productivity-enhancing apps to your phone or tablet, you can turn your device into a mini office whether you’re at home, in a far-flung locale or simply on the go.
Top 5 Apps For Productivity
Evernote: On the surface, Evernote is a great note-taking application. Yet a deeper look shows that Evernote has a wealth of capabilities. Sure, you can take notes, create shopping lists or jot down other information. But you can also capture photos, record audio and save entire web pages. Evernote is available on multiple platforms, and you can sync across devices to ensure your account is always up-to-date. Plus, you can share notes and projects with your friends and colleagues for easy collaboration. Have a business trip coming up? Store your itinerary, ticket information and other pertinent travel details in Evernote so that all of your information is available at your fingertips. Price: Free
Dropbox: If file storage and access is a high priority for you, don’t go a minute longer without Dropbox. You can install Dropbox on your computer as well as your phone, giving you convenient access to the files that you’ve stored in the cloud. Dropbox is especially handy for large files, like video content, that may otherwise take up a lot of space on your device. The free account comes with 2 GB of space; if you need more, you can upgrade to several professional accounts that are priced from $9.99/month. Price: Free
Instapaper: The Internet is so full of interesting and compelling content that it’s tough to make a dent in your “to read” pile. And that’s where Instapaper comes in. This handy app allows you to save the content of a web page to read for later. If you’re on your computer, you can install a “Read Later” bookmark in your bookmarks toolbar. On your iPhone or iPad, you can install the same bookmark function in Safari, email articles to your Instapaper account or send content directly from apps that are linked to Instapaper, including Twitter, The Next Web and most feed readers. Price: Free on a desktop computer; $4.99 for the iPhone or iPad app.
Calvetica Classic: No list of productivity-enhancing apps would be complete without a calendar, and that’s where Calvetica Classic comes in. Calvetica Classic is compatible with a number of calendar services, including Google and MobileMe, so you can easily incorporate the app into your existing calendar system. If you like a simple, clean layout, you’ll love the minimal aesthetic of Calvetica Classic. The original version proved so popular, in fact, that the app creator reintroduced the classic layout after an updated version was widely rejected by faithful users. You can assign alarms to events if you need an extra reminder, as well as manage multiple calendars, whether for specific email accounts or under categories like birthdays. Price: 99 cents for the iPhone and iPod Touch app.
CardMunch: Turn your iPhone into a digital Rolodex with CardMunch, which allows you to instantly turn business cards into a library of contacts. Once you photograph a business card, the information is transcribed by the CardMunch team. Once finished, the business card is morphed into a contact page that includes the person’s photo, phone numbers and email addresses, as well as a link to directly connect on LinkedIn. You’ll also see the connections you have in common, which will help you visualize your network. Once you build up a library of contacts, you can search by first or last name to easily pinpoint someone’s information. Price: Free
Do you use a productivity-enhancing app that’s not on our list? Feel free to leave your recommendation in the comments!