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10 Mobile App Favorites For Business

We pick 10 compelling mobile apps of the moment for your work -- handy for everything from reminders to travel.

a dossier beforehand, a far better experience than typing search queries about an individual on a phone at the last minute.

(Image: Swiftkey)
(Image: Swiftkey)

7. SwiftKey Keyboard  ($3.99) for Android
No one really likes typing on a tiny virtual keyboard. But when you must do so, try the SwiftKey Keyboard. Features such as SwiftKey Flow, which combines tapped typing with gesture typing, make text entry much faster. Plus there's an SDK.

8. Quip (free/$12 per month/undisclosed enterprise pricing) for Android, iOS, OS X
Quip aspires to be Microsoft Office for the mobile age. Although the arrival of Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS earlier this year might frustrate that ambition, that doesn't change the fact that Quip is a compelling productivity app in its own right. It's a great way to share lists and other informal documents among a group of people.

9. Uber (free, ride pricing varies) for Android, iOS, Windows Phone
There are other online car services, such as Lyft and Sidecar. The experience will depend on the driver. Pay attention to ratings. Uber seems to be more formal than other services, and so better for business usage. (Sorry, Lyft, but the pink moustache doesn't work for me.) As far as design goes, the Uber app is elegant and functional. Seeing where your ride is while you wait is priceless.

10. Fantastical 2 ($4.99 iPhone/$9.99 iPad) for iOS
If you're looking for a great calendar and reminders app, you can't go wrong with Fantastical 2. It syncs to cloud services such as iCloud and Google Calendar. It lets you search events. It also lets you add new events by voice.

Do you have a favorite app? Tell us what it is and why you love it in the comments section.

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Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful ... View Full Bio

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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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5/13/2014 | 10:12:21 PM
Re: Touchdown for Exchange
Good point about the constant improvements of the evolving operating systems.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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5/9/2014 | 7:04:18 AM
Re: Touchdown for Exchange
I have seen the Touchdown widgets, I liked Touchdown in general and used it until the Android Mail app improved enough that I didn't need it anymore.  The built in widgets and app caught up to the point that Touchdown was just redundant for me.  I think a lot of app developers need to be careful of this happening as the mobile OSes mature.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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5/8/2014 | 9:16:18 AM
Re: Evernote
I haven't gotten into Evernote yet. Long before I had a tablet, I was using OneNote on my PC. Then, I started syncing it to my phone. Now, it syncs between my laptop, my Android phone and my iPad. We have other staff in the organization who swear by Evernote, though. I just haven't made a switch because I have so much history in my OneNote notebooks.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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5/8/2014 | 9:15:09 AM
Re: Touchdown for Exchange
Touchdown supports multiple interactive widgets, as long as you're using the right version. The widget capabilities were delivered as part of Honeycomb, initially, and then as part of Jelly Bean on the OS side.
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Travel_Pete,
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5/6/2014 | 12:25:49 PM
Travel App/Site Of The Year: BestTravelCoupon.com
BestTravelCoupon.com is a "travel search engine" (similar to Kayak).  However, it searches more sites and consistently posts lower rates than Kayak.  The app also has a useful same day booking deal feature.

See rate comparisons of BestTravelCoupon on Travel-Search-Engines.com.  A very useful app/site for any business traveller.
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SpokaneDude,
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5/6/2014 | 9:49:15 AM
A very useful appointment manager...
SalonBook is a unique appointment manager.  It can manage appointments, clients and staff anywhere multiple persons are involved.  It has been used in Nail Salons, Hair Salons, Barber Shops, and other shops where several person's appointments need to be scheduled.  One user has even used SalonBook to keep track of her children's sports activities.  It has the ability to take images of clients and each appointment can have it's own image showing completion of the appointment activity.  It's available on the Apple Store for $4.99 USD.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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5/6/2014 | 7:21:24 AM
Re: Touchdown for Exchange
I used Touchdown with the very early versions of Android because the mail clients were horrible but in the past couple of years I have shifted back to the standard Android Mail app.  The only thing I miss is notifications for sub folders since I use Outlook to move specific messages but then again not getting 400 notifications a day on those sub folders is one reason I stopped using Touchdown.  The apps I use most often aren't even apps they are widgets.  My home screen includes a Mail widget as well as a Calendar widget so I can see my day at a glance.  
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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5/5/2014 | 4:35:56 PM
Re: Evernote
Agreed about Evernote. It's very useful.
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SJohnston,
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5/5/2014 | 1:54:57 PM
Evernote
I find Evernote incredibly useful for business purposes, being able to take notes on my laptop but have them synced to mobile devices is invaluable. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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5/5/2014 | 11:53:28 AM
Touchdown for Exchange
My all-time favorite app for Android is still Touchdown for Exchange by Nitrodesk. It is a full-featured Outlook-esque client for Android. The features far exceed the delivered mail and calendar app. The iOS version isn't quite as full featured, but is improving. A little pricey at $20, but since I live in that app during the day, well worth it.
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