A friend I hadn’t seen for a while was flabbergasted to find I own a smart phone, have 80 apps I use somewhat regularly and that I could sell him on one or two. Next to the gamer, hacker or app mogul I don’t have a shred of expertise, but in the real world, I can and do hold my own. I am naturally curious, and not afraid to try and explore. My confidence soared when I attended an app session for entrepreneurs and I found I had experience, knowledge and a voice to share my techno-competency with the women sitting around me.
Full disclosure: I am VERY cheap (and painfully legal so no stealing music or vids for me) so I prefer to find options that have great functionality for a free to small price tag.
Here is a quick review of 6 of my favorite iPhone apps I use for work:
Dropbox - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dropbox. I find I can collaborate with anyone via Mac and PC using this simple, inexpensive file hosting/sharing, cross platform software. It is a beautiful thing to share images with my family, file folders with a client, documents with co-workers. I've deleted and restored items with ease, checked on who's reviewed a document and made edits to a proposal from home, on the iPhone and from everywhere. It’s free for limited, but generous amount of space and not too expensive for a family or business to get all the space needed.
Find iPhone- If I forgot the iPad at work, I can locate it using this app. Through it, I can lock it down so someone else can't use it or even wipe it entirely. If my iPhone or iPad is in the house somewhere, I can locate it with a sound alarm, even when the battery is low.
Haiku Deck - (Technically this is for the iPad, but I like it so much I disregard rules) When posting, I like to incorporate a visual cue that relates to the content, but I don't have a huge image selection of my own. Haiku Deck finds royalty free images I can use and add short lines of text. Nice. The free version is fully functional from my standpoint. If you want, additional themes and images are available with the paid version.
Hipmunk - I cannot begin a search for flights any other way. One way, two way and additional stops. It gets a 10 on the scale of adorable interface and the userability of Hipmuck is like non-other.
Vine - I haven't launched a Vine post for work yet but I sure love the ability to make 6 sec vids.
Weebly –Reach Partners has this lovely website and blog because of the easy, inexpensive way Weebly lets us create our site. They are not overselling themselves when they say Weebly has “awesome features to build a unique site.” So true! Weebly is wonderful. I use the iPhone app often to check stats and post to this and to client’s blogs.
I’m curious to learn, what are your favorite apps?
Rachel, Reach Partners
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