By Ilya Pozin Sept. 26, 2012
I’m on the go a lot, which means I spend just as much time–if not more–on my phone as I spend on my computer.
This would not have been possible even just a few years ago. But luckily, technology has made it easy to be more and more productive with just a smartphone. Here’s a list of 10 mobile apps I love that help me save time and get things done.
I use conference lines frequently when I’m working with people from all areas of the globe. These calls typically all have their own conference number and conference code. When calling from my cell, it’s a huge annoyance to have to search my email on my phone and keep track of all the dial-in codes. The MobileDay app works with any conference call service by looking through your calendar, reminding you of the call, and with one click calling the conference line and dial any necessary codes for you.
2. Google Wallet
This app saves you the time of digging out your wallet and searching for the credit card you want to use. Instead, if your phone is enabled with near field communication, all you need to do once you’ve registered your cards is open the app, pick the card you want to use, tap the back of your phone to an NFC checkout register, and be on your way. All your information is securely stored on Google’s servers, which you can remotely disable if you lose your phone.
One of the biggest hassles I run into is when I need to quickly call someone who’s not yet saved in my phone contacts. I then have to search through my emails to find the phone number. This is way too time consuming. Although not an app, WriteThat.Name improves mobile productivity by automatically scanning the signatures of people that email you, extracting their information, and merging it with your contacts in both your email and phone. If they haven’t emailed you before, WriteThat.Name adds them as a contact or if they already exist, it updates their information for you. Also, it’s important to me that my contacts don’t just live on my phone. With WriteThat.Name, they are stored in the cloud, so they’re safe even if something happens to your phone.
The Slice mobile app keeps track of everything you buy online. When your inbox is flooded with numerous emails everyday, it’s hard to keep up with all your online purchase receipts. All you have to do is tell Slice the email addresses you use for these purchases and the app will keep track of all your orders for you.
I do a lot of traveling. Hipmunk speeds up the process of planning those trips, whether my schedule is flexible or very precise. The site has data from nearly every airline and hotel. It’s similar to Kayak but it’s smarter. Hipmunk displays results in a visual timeline or map. You can see departure times or hotel locations with one quick glance. The simple visual makes the results seem more relevant to my needs, which saves me the time of sorting through options that won’t work.