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The Top 5 Business Apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid

|Jul 29|magazine11 min read



It’s no surprise that executives take their work with them while driving to meetings, traveling abroad and after hours outside of their office. While smartphones have been the nemesis to those looking to keep work in the work place, the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid have helped to keep the creative juices flowing and productivity high beyond the normal 9 to 5 business hours.

Here are the top five business apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid.

iPhone

iTerminal – This app allows you to accept credit cards whenever you’re not connected to your credit terminal. Although the app is free, users have to pay $25 per month for the account and each transaction costs 30 cents plus 2.29 percent of the total amount. One of the most convenient business apps on the market, iTerminal verifies credit card numbers and accepts all major credit cards. (Free plus additional charges)

GeoOp iMobee – Ideal for managing your workforce, GeoOp allows users to manage, allocate and communicate jobs, job history and status with your team. You can create jobs/tasks for employees and monitor their progress via control center – especially helpful to those whose employees work out in the field and don’t have Internet readily accessible. ($4.99)

LinkedIn – Whether you’re scouting new recruits for the business or checking out who your competitors are connecting with, the LinkedIn app is a helpful tool with connecting to those in your shared industry. View your entire network, send and receive updates and let others know what you’re working on. (Free)

Evernote –The app allows you to take notes, voice memos and photos from your phone and syncs it with a Mac or PC for review later. Your notes and images are sent to Evernote’s web version and its Mac and PC applications. (Free)

Quickoffice Connect – This mobile suite allows users to access, edit, view and share Microsoft Office capabilities; email, access and view popular file format attachments, such as PDF, HTML, and MP3; remotely access files via cloud storage services like Google Docs and Dropbox; and manage and transfer files thru WiFi. ($9.99 on sale)

BlackBerry

Documents To Go, Premium Edition – The app, which is available on all three of the smartphone platforms, allows users to open native Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and PDF files. The Premium version also provides the ability to edit and compose documents. ($49.99)

Exgis Time and Expense Pro – Mobile professionals use this app to track their mileage, time and expenses when they’re working in the field, or using the information later for invoicing clients or their employer. Data can be exported from the phone to a spreadsheet and saved to a computer for future use. ($14.99)

CardSnap – Stop collecting stacks of business cards and quickly convert a photo of a business card into a contact on your Blackberry – the app takes unlimited card “snaps.” ($4.99)

MyCaption – MyCaption is ideal for those who compose emails, text messaging and calendar items while they’re away from their desk. Users can dictate emails, memos, tasks or calendar items and have it transcribed to Microsoft Outlook, Gmail or the appropriate software application. (Starting at $9.95)

WiFi File Transfer App – This app is best for professionals who need to instantly send files from their BlackBerry to a computer or printer all through the same web browser – it’s like using the smartphone as a wireless memory stick. ($4.99)

Droid

TripIt – This app gives frequent travelers instant access to their trip planning needs. Users can keep track of their itineraries, even when they’re offline, as well as maps and directions, flight alerts, links to hotels and restaurants and alternative flight options in case of delays. (Free)

Seesmic – Multiple Twitter accounts can be managed with a simple interface with Seesmic. View timelines, private conversations, post tweets from a single or multiple Twitter accounts, share photos and videos and be notified of new replies as they happen. (Free)

mShare – Share files of any size with other mobile phones and computers or use the app as a way to backup and store mobile device files. The app works in the same way as an FTP server and an instant messaging service. ($4.99)

iSkoot for Skype – Also available on the Blackberry mobile platforms, this app allows you to make calls over the Internet. Make calls to those on your Skype contacts list, instant message and place calls to anyone in the world. (Free)

Lookout – This app provides mobile antivirus protection while backing up important data at the same time. The app can also help to locate your phone if it’s lost or stolen, with a handy siren that goes off to alarm its misplacement. (Free)