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Wednesday 24 September 2014

The lesser-known business apps you really 
need

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

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Adrian Weckler
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Business-related 
apps for smartphone owners
 are a big draw. But while we've all tried Expensify, Evernote and Linked in, what about the 
lesser-known apps for business users? Here are 15 worth looking 
at for those in business - 
compiled by 
Adrian Weckler

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Smart Voice Recorder

For: Android. 
Price: free

Lots of Android phones come without decent voice recorders, so if you're in the habit of taking voice memos or interviewing people, this is a smart download. You can email or share clips.

Skydrive

For: iOS, Android. Price: free

This is Microsoft's answer to Dropbox and Google Drive. It's quite easy to use and works well, although it is a different thing from Microsoft Office.

Chrome

For: iOS, Android. 
Price: free

We sometimes don't think much about web browsers, but they can make a big difference to the speed and quality of our internet access.

Although Apple devices have Safari and Samsung phones default to a preloaded web browser, Chrome has some strong advantages over its rivals. When you're signed in (it's a Google product), it remembers your searches and tabs from using it on other devices.

It also allows you to search privately ('incognito').

Root Explorer

For: Android. 
Price: €3.60

For those who have 'rooted' their Android devices, this is a very useful app that allows you to get down into file data.

Measure Map

For: iPhone. 
Price: €1.80

Using your phone's in-built GPS, this area calculator app allows you to accurately plot, calculate and digitally store any plot you want. It also offers distance and perimeter calculations.

RingMindMe

For: iPhone. 
Price: €1.80

Sometimes, we set our phone to silent for a meeting or movie and forget to revert to 'ringer' mode, this missing calls and text messages. This app sets a time limit to revert to normal.

Freenote

For: Android. 
Price: free

While it doesn't have the early depth of an Evernote, Freenote is a really flexible note-taking app that lets you mix and match inputs (text, scrawling, photos, highlighters).

Mailbox

For: iPhone, iPad. 
Price: free

One of the problems with email is that it usually turns into a jumbled mess. Mailbox intelligently allows you to reassign email into time and scheduling slots. It currently works only with GMail.

Wunderlist

For: iOS, Android. 
Price: free

This is a superior personal to-do management app. While its arrangement of scheduled tasks is not better than the best of its rivals, its ability to share and draw comments from others is great.

Paper By FiftyThree

For: iPad. 
Price: free

Beloved of designers, this is a top notch brainstorming app that allows just about as much freedom to scrawl, doodle and annotate, within a neat framework, as is possible on a tablet.

MagicPlan

For: iPhone. 
Price: free

For redecorators, this app aims to replace your measuring tape. Point your phone's camera at a space or corner and it will calculate the necessary measurements. 3D modelling on the hoof.

PayPal

For: iOS, Android.
Price: free

PayPal has ambitions to be universally accepted in shops, just like a credit card. This is more advanced in the US than it is here. Its well-designed app makes the process quicker.

My Permissions Online Privacy Shield

For: Android. 
Price: free

When we download apps we give all sorts of permissions to access details from our phones and accounts. This app tells you exactly what apps are accessing what information from you.

Avast Mobile Security

For: Android. 
Price: free

Android phones are a little more susceptible to malware than iPhones. Avast scans for malware and offers anti-theft features which give you remote control over the handset.

QuickOffice Pro

For: iOS, Android. 
Price: varies per device

For heavy work-related activity, Microsoft Office is still a big draw for ordinary business people, despite cloud-based alternatives. This lets you create, view, edit and share documents in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It's not quite as slick as the real thing on a powerful laptop, but it will keep you nicely in tune with your Microsoft Office work on a mobile device. You can also control speed and pause the text, mid-flow.

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