Yes, there's an App for that!
The holidays have come and gone, and many opened a gift or used a gift card to purchase a new tablet or smartphone. Once past the point of initial setup, the question now is, "what apps should I be using?" and "how can I use this technology to best help me in business tasks?". Apps that you download and add to your tablet or smartphone are the key that takes a device from "good" to "great", and the wide variety of useful apps is nearly unlimited.
Whether your device is an Apple product such as a iPhone, iPad, or iPad Mini, or your gadget is a Android powered device like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or Google Nexus 7, you'll want to evaluate and downloads apps that provide value. The Apple Store and Google Play app stores each contain thousands of apps covering an enormous amount of applications for different uses. There are apps for business use for tracking expenses, tools for Microsoft Office files, loads of games for play, educational apps for children, foreign language learning tools, fitness tracking apps and more.
Basically, the answer to your question is, "yes, there's an app for that!" Here's a quick rundown of some apps available demonstrating the wide array of tools available as well as specifics of how a app can be a useful add-on to your device.
This app is a handy medical dictionary, perfect for looking up symptoms, finding medical facilities and doctors, and more. Created by two ER doctors, the free app is a valuable health and wellness resource, as well as a tool that can help you track your prescriptions and medical history.
Cloudon is a powerful app for mobile devices that brings Microsoft Office to your iPhone and iPad. Create or edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the go, as well as open and view a wide variety of other files including PDF, JPG, PNG types and more.
Have you made New Year's Resolutions and need a place to keep track of your progress, as well as a tool to send you reminders? RunKeeper is powerful app used by over 13 million people as a personal trainer! Track runs, hikes, bike rides and more using the GPS in your iPhone. The device will track your progress, provide coaching, and can even measure your heart rate and more. No more excuses for not keeping up with those fitness goals for the new year!
Need a place for all your on-the-go reading? Flipboard is an app for Android and Apple devices that enables you to compile various magazines and news sources into your own personalized digital magazine. With ability to read, favorite, and easily share content to Facebook, Twitter, and via e-mail, Flipboard makes it easy to browse and stay current on all your favorite reading.
I could go on and on with information about apps for weather, shopping, banking, tracking your to-do list, adding a powerful flashlight, menu-planning, and more. All these can be added to your smartphone or tablet, most for free or for a nominal cost. The power of a smartphone or tablet is best realized when a user personalizes the device with apps relevant to one's lifestyle and needs so that helpful tools are at your fingertips. Gain efficiencies and productivity this year with apps! Take time to tour the iTunes app store on your Apple device or visit https://play.google.com on your Android powered device.
Mike leads the Social Application division of web design company, Digital Hill Multimedia (www.DigitalHill.com). He is a co-founder of TabSite.com, a leader in Facebook fan page tools for businesses. TabSite offers brands the power to boost Facebook marketing . For more information on Tabsite, please visit www.tabsite.com.