7 Apps for Your Mobile Office
Smartphones and other mobile devices have become so smart that they have moved beyond being mere communication tools, Web browsers, or entertainment hubs. They are also becoming our mobile offices. And we are not just talking about the note-taking and calendar management features we got with our old PDAs. Now, we can bring up Word documents and spreadsheets; we can create artwork and edit presentations; and we can even send files to our home and office printers.
If you feel that it’s time to take your business mobile, then here are some must-have apps to get you started:
Still one of the best personal productivity apps, Evernote keeps you organized and synced across every device you use. Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders – and everything is searchable and shareable, whether you are at work, at home, or on-the-go.
Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 8
Dropbox is a free service that allows you to gather all your docs, photos, video, and other files all in one place and access them from anywhere. Even if you don’t have your mobile device with you, everything is instantly available via the Web.
Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry
Pages, Numbers, Keynote
The three essential office tools for iOS devices. Create, edit, and view documents with Pages; construct spreadsheets, charts, and tables with Numbers; and produce eye-catching presentations with Keynote. All three apps have been totally redesigned and are completely compatible with their Microsoft Office equivalents.
Platform: iPhone, iPad
Cost: $9.99 each
Now part of Google Drive, Google Docs is the complete document creating and editing tool for Android devices. Virtually any document can be uploaded and converted to the Google Docs format, edited, and then shared with your device’s contacts. You can even take a photo of a printed page and convert it to a Google document. Files are available for offline viewing even when you don’t have an Internet connection.
Never miss another appointment! Business Calendar is a top-of-the-line business organizer for Android devices is scrollable and zoomable by day, week, or month. It includes a comprehensive search feature, an easy-to-use drag and drop function, and can be completely synced with both your Contacts and Google calendars.
Cost: Free or $4.99 for the ad-free version
Tired of typing? Use this remarkable voice recognition app instead. Just speak and your text or e-mail messages will instantly and accurately appear. Voice Assistant is up to 5 times faster than using a keyboard. You can also dictate status updates to Facebook and Twitter. (Careful – think before you speak!)
Platform: iPhone, iPad
If your phone is going to be your mobile office, then you will need some secure storage. Verizon customers can take advantage of Verizon Cloud, which automatically syncs and stores all your photos, movies, music, contacts, and more. You just install the app, choose the content you want to sync, and the upload starts immediately. (Data charges may apply.)
Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android
Cost: 500 MB free; $2.99/month for 25GB