Let’s face it, our cell phones have become our personal assistants. For many of us, anything we need to do no matter where we are, we likely get done on our phones. I’ve filled out weekly work reports on my cell phone, turned in expense reports, and even edited a document. Last week my phone’s battery died halfway through my day. I thought “How can I get through a day, a workday nonetheless, without my phone? What was I missing? Important texts? News alerts?” I began thinking about how often I actually use my smart phone throughout the day and realized that without this handheld device I couldn’t even wake up on time. So here it is, a short list of daily functions and phone apps that I use, and know make life a little easier. Now if they only gave smartphones longer battery life… (sigh) a girl can dream.
- Rise Alarm Clock: First things first, I don’t own an alarm clock. My iPhone is my morning wake up call. Rise Alarm Clock allows you to set up a playlist for falling asleep and waking up. You turn off your alarm by shaking your phone. There are a number of alarm apps that include whatever sounds wake you up. There’s even Walk Up! It’s an alarm app that actually makes you get out of bed and take several steps in order to disable it.
- The Weather Channel: This app is one of my favorites. There’s nothing like being caught in the rain and all your umbrellas are at home. If you are traveling, it’s also vital to help you pack accordingly.
- RunKeeper: You can use this app for a number of activities including running, cycling, or walking. It tracks your route, pace, and time. It also saves your information so you can look at all your accomplishments when you’re having lazy day.
- Maps: I just use the iPhone’s Map app. It allows you to look at how traffic is flowing around you. It can help save you some time, and who doesn’t need that?
- Tempo: I don’t know what I’d do without a calendar on my phone. Tempo IS like a personal assistant. It’s easy to call, text or email from the app. It knows your contacts and you can also access directions and maps from the app. I like to sync different email accounts into one app. The reminders are important to keep me on track in case I forget about a task.
- Evernote: This app keeps your organized. You can take notes, make lists, record voice reminders. It shares your notes or info across all your devices so you never miss a beat.
- Spotify: I don’t listen to the radio. The Spotify app, for a nominal fee, allows you to keep playlists, follow artists, and listen to radio based on your music preferences. It also syncs to other devices like your laptop or tablet. That’s a good thing because I can pick up the playlist where I left off when I’m listening to music at the office.
- WhatsApp: Yes text message is great (in person is better) but this application is a quick way to chat with colleagues or friends. You can send unlimited video, audio or images across different types of phones including iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows or Nokia.
- Favor: Lunch breaks still exist? If you’re under deadline and have no time to leave the office and grab lunch then this delivery app is the way to go. For those days when time is scarce Favor is a lifesaver. The Favor app (currently operating only in Austin) allows you to order food and get it delivered by the Favor folks for a nominal fee. If you aren’t in Austin, check for others like it in your area.
- Flipboard: This app allows you to put news and social news into one. You choose what news is interesting and it displays like a magazine. You can also socially share news. It’s like the Pinterest of news and social.
- Twitter: There are too many social media apps to even count. Facebook is great for socializing, but when you need to keep up with news around you Twitter wins for me. If you are more of a Tweet-er then check out Buffer. It allows you to share any page you are reading across different platforms and you can schedule posts.
- ESPN: Come on, it’s football season! Whether you are into fantasy football or you’re just rooting on your college team the ESPN App will not just keep you updated on scores, stats and schedules but also news on your favorite teams or sports.
- BONUS – ShoreTel Mobility: Alright, this is our own company app, but it let’s me be on the go and take my “work phone” with me anywhere. I have easy 4 digit extension dialing, company directory and work voicemail all on my smartphone. Plus, this way anyone can still reach me via my work number although I’m using my personal smartphone.
There are way too many good apps to tell you about them all. In fact as of June there were 900,000 apps available for download on the iPhone App Store. So go ahead and try some new ones and let me know how they work for you.
What is the one app you couldn’t live without?