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Best iPhone Apps for Productivity

Best iPhone Apps for Productivity

Do you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5? Possibly you’ve upgraded to a new iPhone 5s and are ready to see everything you can do with your new toy – I mean business tool?
Want to be more productive this year? Looking for some new apps for your iPhone? If you’re looking for some new productivity apps in the new year, this list of favorite iPhone apps will get you started in the right direction. Hopefully you’ll find some apps that you’ve not seen.

We’ve personally used and tested each of these apps and have found them to be helpful or fun. Be sure and suggest your favorite apps in the comments below. Also, We have also thrown in one app to keep you healthy and one “fun” app to end the list.

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List-making and task-management app Any.do has a unique feature called the Any.do moment that encourages making a habit of reviewing your daily tasks. Geolocation reminders actually work in this app, and it’s an overall great app for jotting down tasks and goals.
Cost: Free

Awesome Note (+ToDo)

awesomenoteAs the name implies, Awesome Note (+Todo) is an iPhone app for creating notes and to-do lists. Of all the personal organization apps on Apple’s mobile devices, Awesome Note is one of the most visually compelling, letting users choose which colors, background images, fonts, and icons they want to use in their notes. It’s a treat to play with all these options, plus the app’s graphical calendar, while also being productive.
Cost: $3.99

 

Brewster

brewster-iphoneThe Brewster iPhone app may be one of the most visually appealing contact managers you’ll find, tapping into multiple social networks for images of people you know. It insists on having access to your iPhone Contacts and either Twitter or Facebook to work, though, which may be a showstopper for anyone who is anti-online social networks. Brewster puts faces to names in an interface you can explore, though. That design choice may lead you to waste time (I got sucked into looking for pictures of people I didn’t recognize), or it may aid your memory if you’re someone who remembers people by their faces rather than company affiliation, location, or name.
Cost: Free

Dragon Dictation

dragondictationReasonably accurate and fast, the Dragon Dictation iPhone app cuts the typing out of jotting down a note, drafting an email, posting to Twitter, and a few other light tasks. As a simple dictation app, Dragon transcribes whatever you speak with good accuracy. The app does have some shortcut buttons to push the transcribed text through to Facebook, a new email message, and a few other places, but Dragon Dictate doesn’t actually store any notes in the app itself.
Cost: Free

 

EasilyDo

easilydo-iphoneThe free iPhone app EasilyDo works as a personal assistant and automation machine. You connect the app to a variety of online services, like your email, calendar, Facebook account, and so forth, and then EasilyDo looks for things it can help you get easily done. For example, a notification might ask you if you’d like EasilyDo to add the contact details of someone who has recently emailed you to your address book. Or it might spot an upcoming birthday of a friend and let you set up a “happy birthday” post to their timeline in advance. It’s an amazing productivity app that helps you take care of a variety of tasks quickly and efficiently.
Cost:Free

Evernote

evernoteWithout the Evernote app for iPhone, I’d be a lot less productive while I’m away from my desk. This free, straightforward note-making app outrivals most competing apps thanks to its strong search capabilities and effortless organization. But the real key to its success and popularity is that Evernote synchronizes all your files by saving them to a cloud service, meaning anything you create or alter from your iPhone will be there waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote.
Cost: Free

 

Google Maps

googlesearch-iphoneGoogle Maps, which was once included with all iPhones, is now an app that you have to download separately—and you should. Google Maps has proven itself more accurate than Apple’s own map app, with turn-by-turn directions by car, foot, and public transportation. With Google Maps, you’ll see estimated travel times, integration with your Google account for quick access to your home and work addresses (optional), and the ability to rotate the map by pressing two fingers to the screen and twisting them.
Cost: Free

Google Translate

google-translateWith more than 30 languages supported and the ability to deliver impressively accurate results most of the time, the Google Translate app is one of the most remarkable programs you can load onto your iPhone. Most people probably won’t need it too often, except when traveling or studying a language, but it can be amazingly useful in unexpected circumstances.
Cost: Free

 

Google Voice

google-voiceAs a new convert to Google Voice, I really love the ability to have another phone number that I can use when I don’t want to give out my direct iPhone number. Google Voice lets you screen calls, gives you a free voice-mail system, and also enables free text messaging and calls (among U.S. phone numbers only; international rates vary). The Google Voice app is a great addition to the iPhone.
Cost: Free

 

HealthTap

healthtapThe HealthTap app, a spinoff of the HealthTap website, gives you access to health professionals across the U.S. who are willing to answer your health questions. It’s free to download and free to ask questions, but if you want your answer expedited or have a specific doctor in mind you’d like to answer, it costs 99 cents per question. You can also see questions that other people have asked and the answers provided, as well as use an interactive symptoms checker to find information about whatever ails you. It’s a great resource for professional, non-emergency medical advice.
Cost: Free

Snapchat

snapchatThe visual chat app Snapchat can be a lot of fun to use—and let me emphasize “fun.” Snapchat should not be used as a private and secure messaging app. Rather, it’s a simple app that you can use to swap funny, ephemeral visuals with your friends. Messages sent through Snapchat disappear from the receiver’s phone after a short time; the sender chooses up to 10 seconds as the limit. Snap a picture, draw or write on top of it if you like, choose the amount of time the recipient can see it, and send away. Just bear in mind that all digital media is reproducible, and that you should never send anything illicit, private, or anything meant to be secure through this entertainment app.
Cost: Free

Please tell us what we missed or what you would add to the list.  Did you find anything new? List your favorite productivity and fun apps.

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