Your smartphone can be used for much more than just calls, texts, emails and games. Install these apps to improve your business and save time.
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Evernote lifts the process of taking notes to a whole new level. Use it to store anything you want to remember or might find useful in the future, and you can easily search for that information from any device where you've installed Evernote. It syncs effortlessly and automatically converts writing in images into searchable text. The basic Evernote app is very powerful, and you can enhance it further with add-ons.
Store files in Dropbox and they're instantly available from any device -- laptop, tablet or phone. As well as providing a basic automated backup service, that ensures you can get at the crucial data you need at any time and securely share information with others. Dropbox's simplicity and reliability have given it a healthy lead in the cloud storage space, and you can improve it even more with downloads and extensions. It's available in both consumer and business versions, and you can run both on the same device if you wish.
Staying organised is essential for any business. There are lots of good choices for to-do list managers (check our our Hive Five roundup for a more complete selection), but we're singling out Wunderlist here because it works on so many different platforms, including a webapp you can use anywhere. If you have more complex to-do needs, there's also a Pro version available.
If you need to get from A to B, Google Maps remains the best way to do it. Not only does it offer accurate directions for driving, walking and public transport, it also provides information on your destination. While the built-in Apple Maps on iOS has improved somewhat since its disastrous initial launch, we've no hesitation in suggesting Google Maps for both iOS and Android users.
Pocket lets you easily bookmark articles from around the web and save them for reading later: a clever way to make sure you stay on top of key business trends without being constantly distracted. Set a time in your calendar for catch-up reading and you'll easily keep informed. Once you've mastered the basics, check out our guide to using Pocket like a pro.
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