My Top 10 Android Business Apps

in BYOD, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, Productivity

laptopairport1By Kevin Tea

Business apps tend to be a very personal choice. You have chosen your smartphone, you have chosen your tablet and probably snuck in under the IT police radar for a bit of BYOD at work and you choose the apps that best work for you.  You don’t need to be a long distance traveller to justify opting for what you feel comfortable with.  You may be out on a day jaunt from the office or working from your favourite bar on the way home. It’s your choice. My own favourite apps for my Nexus 7 and old and slightly knackered Galaxy S2 (soon to be replaced, but don’t let it hear me say it!) are, ion no particular order:

1: Todoist

I must have tried every task manager in the known multiverse but have finally found Todoist, not so much as app as an entire task and project management eco-system! The service covers Windows, IoS, Android, Chrome browser, Gmail, Postbox, Firefox, Thunderbird … the list goes on an on.  Behind the crisp, clean interface is a supernova of functionality that is supported by a first class tech support team and a host of how to videos. Todoist is so good I even managed to get productivity guru Daniel Gold off his task manager of choice to become an avid Todoist advocate.

2: Email Apps

For my personal Gmail accountI used to use the built in Gmail email app but then I discovered Mailbox and I was hooked. The first thing that struck me was how fast it was compared to the standard Gmail client. The other thing was that being ported over from IoS meant the interface was minimalist but very, very functional. I love being able to swipe emails to postpone then to another time or file them into a custom list file system

For my three business related emails I use K-@ Mail Pro which I coughed up the cash for within an hour of downloading the freemium version. Based on the very popular K9 email app the developer has really gone to town to make it as powerful as any desktop. It really is the Mutt’s Nuts*  – to use a canine praise phrase.  (* Mutt’s Nuts is a polite version of an English phrase the Dog’s Bollocks which means something is top notch, excellent, very good.)

3: Sunrise

Up until a few weeks ago I was a dedicated Business Calendar user but then I stumbled across Sunrise and I was bowled over. Porting over from IoS it boasts clean lines and goes way beyond being just a calendar. It links in with a growing list of third party apps such as Asana, Exchange email and Evernote.  It also has a web browser version, not dissimilar to Google Calendar.

Sunrise has a very busy Google+ beta community where the development team play an active role in the exchange of ideas.  Although Sunrise is a newcomer to Android I think it is going to be a game changer.

4: Evernote

My life is Evernote Central. I was an early adopter many years ago and have been a premium user for almost as long. Everything and anything of importance gets stored here from simple jottings to major project documents are emailed into, clipped, scanned and handwritten into its innards.

5: Pocket

While Evernote is for long term storage of “serious shit” Pocket is my took of choice for grabbing stuff on the run and re-reading it later.  I do a lot of scanning, research and the like and I cannot always digest the “stuff” there and then and Pocket to me is the best took for webclipping articles for later perusal.

6: Dropbox

I used to be a major fan of SugarSync but with the departure of Laura Yecies and the introduction of a V2 model, it just went to hell in a handbag so I came back to good old Dropbox. One of the major plus points of Dropbox is that it just works and works brilliantly.  When Google introduced it’s price drop for Drive there was a lot of unhappy chuntering on the Dropbox fora about the pricing structure but given Google’s predilection for suddenly shutting down services, I am happy to pay the cost of a pint of beer per month fdor my 100gb premium service.

One of its strengths is the number of plugs ins that work seamlessly with the core service. You can get a better idea of these from The Infinite Dropbox.

7: LastPass

I am of an age where I’d forget my balls if they weren’t in a bag so LastPass is a great tool for all passwords etc. Not only does it remember passwords I use on existing sites but suggests “unbreakable” passwords for new sites that I sign up to.Not only is it a password tool but you can create secure note folders to store things like credit card and bank account details.  The original interface was as dull as ditchwater but it has been recently renovated to  be more user friendly.

8: Boxcryptor

Edward Snowden’s revelations about how deep the NSA and GCHQ was delving into our data, emails and pone calls has resulted in a rush of interest in security and encryption services.  My encryption service of choice is Boxcryptor and happily pay a premium for it to use it through a wide selection of cloud based services and multiple mobile devices.

9: Pushbullet

If you are out on the road and need to get data to a friend or colleague quickly  you could always upload it into Box or Dropbox and share it that way but there’s a far simpler way – Pushbullet. You simply set it up with the email addresses of any and everyone you might want to share stuff with and if you need to get it to them just opt for Pushbullet and off it goes – it’s as simple as that.

10: OfficeSuite Pro

There is a plethora of apps that allow you to word process, create spreadsheets and presentations, some free, some paid for, some good, some utterly appalling. My app of choice is OfficeSuite Pro As well as being abloe to handle de facto Microsoft Office documents, Google Docs etc it can also be your default PDF reader.  It also links seamlessly to a number of major cloud based services so you can store your files there or on your device.

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