The iPhone and other smart phones are now pretty much the norm instead of the exception. The reason why they took off is because of their flexibility and power in what they can accomplish. One type of app that is taking off are productivity and time management type of apps. The iPhone is perfect for these types of apps because if it’s ease of interfacing with other programs. In this article, the author discusses several different task management, finance and other productivity type apps. This is a good list to start from. I haven’t used any of these apps myself, but I know where to start in terms of checking out some good programs for my phone. The descriptions give you enough to know if you want to follow up and get more info or not.
The iPhone is now an iconic smart phone. Even though having one doesn’t mean what it meant before (that you’re unique, smart, rich, etc.), it is still a great tool to have. Aside from the obvious functions like calling, sending and receiving messages, taking photos and listening to music, you can do a lot of other useful things like surf the Web, read your emails, watch videos, stream live footage to the Internet, edit documents and manage your tasks and projects.
All of this is possible thanks to the huge collection of applications on the iTunes marketplace. There are currently over one hundred thousand apps, all checked to comply with Apple’s strict quality standards, so you can be sure there are no cookie cutter, useless or spammy applications there.
Apple will be releasing the new, fourth generation iPhone, anytime now, and the device promises to be even better than its predecessors, with a bigger screen, faster processor, new form factor and an improved operating system that supports multi tasking, among other things. Because of this, you can be sure that the iPhone platform will continue to exist for many more years and will not fade away like others (Windows Mobile, Palm, Sony Clie and others).
The apps on the marketplace allow you to do pretty much everything you might want to do on a computing device, including managing your time and work. Here are some of the best iPhone apps that will increase your productivity and help you manage your life better:
Mint. Mint.com has always been a leading service in personal finance management tools. Their iPhone application is a great addition to the collection. It allows you to track your expenses and income, create budgets and otherwise manage your money on the go, straight from your iPhone. All you need to do is get a free Mint.com account and set up all your bank accounts information. Then you will be well on your way to a better and faster way of managing your finances, which will undoubtedly increase your productivity.
Things. Things is one of the most popular task management application for the iPhone, and for good reasons. It has a lot of useful and advanced features that will help you manage anything from your daily To Do tasks to small and medium sized projects. The interface is very nice and clean, and the whole application is easy to use right from the moment you install it. You can also use it as a note taking app, as you can take audio, image and text notes and attach them to a certain task or project, which is very useful.
ReQall. This application is basically an extension of your memory for your iPhone. You can use it to take any kind of notes, from text to video and drawings and store them for future references. There is an easy to use tagging system to help you organize and find anything you need. You can also use the application to create To Do lists and set up various reminders for all kinds of tasks. You will need a free ReQall account, as everything is tied in with it, but once you’ve set it up, you’ll also have the ability to view all of your information from any other computer, using any web browser.
eWallet. eWallet is probably the only application you’ll ever need for storing and sensitive information and files on your iPhone, safely encrypted with the best security possible. You can use it for credit card numbers, travel information and tickets, any files, personal bank accounts data, usernames and passwords and any other things. The app uses a practically unbreakable 256 bit encryption for everything and the only key is the password you set.
YouNote. YouNote is a great all around iPhone application that allows you to take any kind of notes (text, video, audio, drawings, bookmarks, pictures, etc.) and store them for later viewing or reference. You can also tag them so it is very easy to find what you need, even if you have thousands of notes saved in the memory. You also have the pretty unique ability to save bookmarks of pages, videos or pictures with your own notes attached to them (sort of like a note for a note), so you can remember why you saved that information in the first place.
PayPal Mobile. PayPal is used by over 250 million people worldwide, and over 100 million people in the US. You can’t create a site that sells anything and not have PayPal as a method of payment, as you’d be simply losing too many potential customers. PayPal is faster and safer, that’s why people use it. Their official application for the iPhone allows you to (finally) send and receive money quickly and easily on the go and manage your account, including pay lists and transactions.
E-Trade Mobile. E-Trade Mobile is the dream application for any stock market trader that needs to travel or just get outside (don’t laugh, sometimes traders stay for months in the house, staring at the monitor trying to make more money). With this application, you can trade like a Wall Street professional straight from your iPhone, wherever you are. Of course, you’ll need a very stable Internet connection, but the simple fact that you can finally get away from your computer means a lot for many traders.
Of course, the above list of applications is just the tip of the iceberg, and there are dozens, if not hundreds more application on the marketplace that can fit your needs perfectly. The above are some of the most popular and most liked iPhone apps, but maybe you need something more advanced, simple or specific. If that is the case, don’t hesitate to search the iTunes marketplace for the keywords you want (for example, “cash register application”, there is a good app for that, and it’s called Square).
From Craig Thornburrow – An owner and big fan of the iPhone 4″
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