Best Apps for Taking Your Work on the Go
JetSet Expenses was the top pick for drawing and painting.
In a column at Forbes.com, Best iPhone Apps author Josh Clark notes that road warriors are turning to their smart phones for tasks previously shouldered by laptops, with a corresponding shift in work style:
It's important to keep this little revolution in perspective: A new style of device requires a new set of work habits. Your glossy gadget can't match your laptop in every respect, and it's a mistake to try to use it the same way. No matter how blazingly fast your thumbs might be, pecking delicately away at a touch-screen keyboard won't win any speed records. Though some inevitably try, the iPhone's not a great tool for writing a novel.
Instead, the iPhone is a device of convenience and context. Unlike laptops, notebooks or messy collections of Post-It notes, your phone rarely leaves your side, making it a handy vessel for bottling brainstorms, managing to-dos and itineraries, or capturing on-the-go information like expenses or billable hours. The best iPhone apps (and especially the best productivity apps) emphasize quick access to your ideas, contacts, tasks and info. Most of them thrive on simplicity, offering fewer features than desktop counterparts, but also making it faster and easier to get it done quickly.
In the column, Josh picks ten apps ideally suited to this new style of microwork, perfectly suited for taking your work on the go:
- Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite for editing office documents
- Things for to-do lists
- Instapaper for reading the Web offline
- iThoughts for brainstorming
- SoundCurtain for creating quiet workspaces
- Jobs for tracking your time
- Jaadu VNC for remote access to your computer
- TripIt for organizing itineraries
- JetSet Expenses for expense reports
- Flight Track Pro (for tracking flights)
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