Your shiny new smartphone and sleek tablet are much more than eye candy. And while they both do an excellent job entertaining the kids in the supermarket or keeping you connected to the real world while you’re stuck in traffic, their roles go well beyond babysitter and the morning paper – your gadgets will organize your life, manage your time, and keep you focused… with the right apps.
These are the productivity apps your devices can’t do without.
Swift Key 3 Tablet
Have you ever thought about how much time you waste on mistyped words on your touch screen? There are dozens of keyboard alternatives for tablets and phones, but Swift Key is the leading choice for usability and increased productivity. Both free and paid versions are available in versions designed for tablets as well as phones.
You’re out to lunch with a client, but that important document you needed to review is still saved on your office PC. If you were using Google Drive, which now includes Google Docs, you could easily pull up the file you need on your tablet or your cell phone, look over it with your client, and close the deal.
My Life Organized
If you’re serious about staying on track, this app will quickly become your best friend. MLO features a very complex, yet simple to use hierarchy of tasks, projects, and ideas that can be organized in a variety of ways so that it works best for you. Sync your lists with other devices as well as your desktop with the Pro version.
One of the most highly acclaimed free productivity apps available, Evernote is another must for your tablet, phone, and computers. Much more than a simple note taking app or to-do list, Evernote allows you to make notes of everything using voice memos, photos, or texts. Tag and label notes to keep things organized.
Another amazing free app, CloudTalk will not only boost your productivity, it will do wonders for your social life! This app makes it easy to send voice messages to family, friends, and colleagues at your convenience, so that they can listen and respond when it’s convenient for them. Send pictures, videos, and more.
The ultimate QR code scanner, this app lets you get the information you need exactly when you need it. Scan codes while you’re shopping or scan and save the info as you’re reading your favorite magazine. QR Droid will also let you create QR codes from your bookmarks and contacts to share with your friends.
StopWatch & Timer
A timer is a must-have productivity tool, so it only makes sense to have one on your mobile devices. This app is the best rated timer app in the market because of its ability to keep things simple but still be versatile enough for every timed situation. A limited free version is available, as well as a paid app with additional features.
Whether you’re at the park or at the office, the productivity apps above will keep your life organized and in sync. Of course, there are many other apps available, so take the time to try out a few to find the system that works best for you.