5 Smart Phone Apps That Make Life Easier

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Whether you’re using your phone for business or pleasure, there may be some great apps at your fingertips that you are missing out on.  I know at least a few of these have transformed my life, and made things a lot easier in the long run.  Keep in mind I’m an Android user, so my recommendations are for that platform, but that’s not to say that there aren’t iPhone equivalents available (you may just have to do some digging). So without any further ado, here are some apps for you:

  • Evernote: This is the number one life saver/organizer/”crap I forgot my pen and paper”.  As a writer and self-proclaimed wordsmith, this app lets you take notes on your phone or on the web.  With sync functions, the ability to save audio notes, and many more features, this app is a “must-have”.  You can find more info on Evernote here

  • HeyTell: You may be thinking this app that turns your phone into a walkie talkie is only practical for fun – but imagine this: You’re a traveling saleman, you have other people in your sales team in the field, all of you are driving a lot.  Do you really want to be texting while driving?  With the press of a button you can be relaying information with ease.  Find out more of what I’m talking about here
  • CamScanner: “Can you send me a PDF of that?”  If you’re on-the-go, or you don’t have a computer with a scanner (or the endangered species called ‘fax machines’) chances are you need to go out of your way to send documents.  Well look no further, you found a way to circumvent that – CamScanner.  Take a picture with your phone, convert it to PDF, email it, post it to Facebook, do whatever you want with it!  The app even has a level in the corner when taking a picture, so that way your PDFs won’t look all Caddywompus.  Score one for the good guys!  Learn more about CamScanner here
  • Keyring: “What’s my password for that again?”  All you Lord of the Rings fans will love Keyring – you can have one password to rule them all!  With this app you set up a “Master Lock” code, and then you can list the sites you frequent, along with your login and password information.  Just a friendly tip, avoid ‘welcome’ and ‘password’ as your master lock.  Find out more about Keyring here
  • Where’s My Droid: Is a question that probably gets asked a lot….but the good news is there’s an app to help you find it!  The free version will GPS track your phone, or make it ring, provided you send a text message to it containing your alert words (that you set up).  A few bucks will unlock the full version which enables remote locking of your device, or remote wiping for your SIM card.  So if you lose your phone, the burglar isn’t getting his jollies with your sensitive information.  Score!  Find out more about this app here

BONUS – Don’t have a smart phone?  Try these three on for size:

  • Dropbox: Share and transfer larger files with ease with this free program for your computer.  You get more ‘box space’ if you refer somebody, and there’s a paid business version as well.  Find out more here
  • Join.Me: Share your screen with a friend, business colleague, or an entire group of people!  You can email a link with call-in instructions and give presentations with ease.  A pro version unlocks more features, and your viewers can zoom in and out to see what you see.  Find out more here
  • Xobni: Other than making ‘Inbox” a palindrome, this handy program enhances your Outlook or Gmail, giving you more insights into your contacts than you may have bargained for. Find out more here

I’m always on the lookout for the latest new apps, so if you know a time or life-saving app, let me know.  Shoot me an email!

Until Next Time,

Tom Zobel


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