by Brad Dupee
You can’t wait for a train, watch a major sporting event, or attend your child’s recital without seeing the image so common to us now: the soft glow of a mobile phone’s screen. The ubiquitous smartphone has made us go nuts for mobile apps. And, with over 900,000 apps in the Apple store and the list always growing, there are many cool ones to explore. But for the business professional, it’s about mobility, not mobile apps. We’re not in our living room playing games or “pinning” our favorite items. We’re running for a plane in Denver, trying to find a conference center in Chicago, or driving the infinite abyss of I-95 on the east coast during our business travel. So for us, it’s about movement – what are the apps that will allow me to hit the road, and meet face to face with key contacts, without losing the ability to be as productive, if not more, as if I were in my office.
Seventy-five percent of the workforce is now mobile. And as an executive of a mobile app venture start-up, I am my target audience, and I’ve created my own list of essential road warrior apps that keep me moving, while enhancing my productivity.
- TurboScan – I don’t know about you, but the paperless office never really happened in my line of work. This app turns my phone into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text, to help me manage all that paper. (iPhone only; $1.99)
- WiFi Finder – You may not need it in New York City, but drive an hour along the Hudson, and this app will be your best friend. It searches and scans for free WiFi hotspots, so you don’t get stuck in the proverbial boonies. (Android and iPhone; free)
- FlightTrack – Flight details, delays, gate information, baggage claim, if only the signs at airports were this helpful. (Android and iPhone; free)
- TripIt – This one’s a beauty. It takes all the email confirmations for hotels, flights, and rental car information, and spits out a personal itinerary. (Android and iPhone; free)
- MobileDay – Yes, I work for the company, but conference calls suck, and this fixes that. If you are in subscriber PIN hell, burning in the flames of access codes, this is the way out. MobileDay provides one-touch access to any voice conference call in the country. (Android and iPhone; free)
What are the apps that keep you moving? I’d love to hear.