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Five Mobile Productivity Apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry

Mobile apps are not just for entertainment anymore. Useful and sophisticated apps for business purposes are appearing in app stores every day.

I looked at the top thirty productivity apps with the highest user ratings and the most downloads for each of the top three mobile devices: Apple’s iPhone, phones running Google’s Android operating system, and Research in Motion’s Blackberry. I then handpicked from that group of thirty to focus on five highly rated and popular productivity apps for each phone.

Download these apps and start using your mobile phone like a miniature laptop when on the go.


iPhone running Dropbox.

iPhone running Dropbox.

  1. Dropbox. A file management app that allows users to transfer and access files from any computer or mobile device running Dropbox, the syncing and file-sharing tool. Simply install the Dropbox software on any desktop computers, then install the app on any mobile devices, drag and drop files into the 2GB of free file storage and then access those files from any of the Dropbox running devices.
  2. eWallet. Useful for password and username storage, eWallet stores the login info for up to ten accounts in the free version (unlimited accounts in the full version). Store login data and even security questions and answers for email accounts, admin accounts, social media, online stores and more in one handy, and safely encrypted, app.
  3. Dragon Dictation. This voice recognition software is so hands-free users may not need to use the on-screen keyboard for message generation any longer. Simply speak into the iPhone and the message is transcribed into text immediately. That text can then be emailed, posted on a social network or saved as a note to self.
  4. Quickoffice. Manage documents when out of the office with this mini, but full-featured Microsoft Word and Excel compatible app. Edit and email common Word and Excel file types (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx). Users can view (but not edit) many other popular file types including .pdf, .jpg, .mp3, .html, .png and more.
  5. Timewerks. An app for users that work for multiple clients and are in need of a way to track the billable hours spent on different projects. Users can even send invoices to a client directly from the app. The free “lite” version can only handle time tracking and invoicing of one project, but the full version can handle unlimited clients, projects and invoices.

Android OS

Android OS phone running Evernote.

Android OS phone running Evernote.

  1. CamCard. This address book app works in conjunction with the phone’s built in camera. Snap a picture of a business card and the application automatically translates and imports all the contact information – name, phone numbers, emails and addresses – into the address book, sorted and ready to use.
  2. Evernote. A versatile mobile notepad app that is not just for typed text, users can also take photos and record dictation. It syncs with a desktop computer so when later opening the Evernote software on the desktop, all the mobile notes, pictures, voice memos are already there and any data created on the desktop is also then available on the mobile device.
  3. Remember The Milk. A task management app that allows users to add, sort and check off completed tasks as is expected in a “To-Do” list program. But, what makes this app special is that it gives an alert when users are geographically near a location where a task needs to be completed.
  4. Voice Recorder. This is a voice recording app that can record freely (users are limited only by the size of the memory on the mobile device) or have timed recording with pre-set limits. The app works hand-in-hand with a user’s Gmail address so the MP3 file generated from the recording is emailed directly to, and stored within, the user’s Gmail account.
  5. Dolphin Browser. Not technically an app, but an alternative and robust browser for users tired of the being forced to use the default Android browser. It supports dozens of add-ons, most multi-touch commands, as well as tabbed browsing and bookmarking similar to a full-featured desktop browser.


Blackberry running Pageonce.

Blackberry running Pageonce.

  1. eOffice. Manage documents away from a desktop computer. Compatible with Microsoft Word and Excel, users can edit, spell check, and view most of the Office suite file types including .doc, .xls, .pdf, PowerPoint and more. It syncs with a desktop computer so any files accidentally left on the office computer can be accessed directly from the app. Also, documents can be printed wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  2. Pageonce. Pageonce is financial account manager that allows users to track all income and spending in one place. Track banking transactions, investment accounts and credit card statements, as well as monitor cell phone minutes. Users can get alerts about upcoming bills that are due or accounts that are over the limit.
  3. Bolt browser. Not an app, but an alternative to the built-in Blackberry OS browser. Bolt looks and functions like a desktop browser and also has the capacity for multitasking. It supports Flash, tabbed browsing, and browser-based chat for social network sites like Facebook.
  4. scanR. With the built-in mobile phone camera and the scanR app, users can transform a mobile phone into a pocket-sized document scanner. Boot up the app and point the camera at any document and scan away. The app automatically generates a new PDF file of the paper being scanned. Once scanned, email or fax the new PDF file to coworkers.
  5. RDM+. A remote desktop for mobile app. Similar to the more common desktop-to-desktop remote software, users can login to a desktop computer, send and receive emails, edit Word and Excel documents, surf the web, and copy and paste files back and forth between mobile device and a desktop computer.
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