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MOBILE DEVICES

Top Free iPhone Productivity Apps
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    2011-10-03

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    Appleís App Store is known for its humongous catalog of apps. While the variety and host of selections is a plus for iPhone owners, it can also cause information overload. To help you in your quest to become more efficient with your time, here are five of the top free iPhone productivity apps that are worth downloading.

    Alarmed


    You can convert your iPhone into an alarm clock on steroids thanks to the Alarmed app.  Alarmed is loaded with features to keep you on your toes.  You get pop-up reminder alerts and timers that can be customized to fit your needs.  The alarm clock feature lets you choose the music you fall asleep to and wake up to with iTunes integration.  Snooze options are numerous, and thereís a Nag-Me feature that will continuously pester you at custom intervals until you acknowledge its presence.  You can choose from among 80 custom sounds to switch up the monotony as well.

    Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alarmed-reminders-timers-alarm/id371886784?mt=8

    Schedule Planner

    Being productive can be difficult if you are not properly organized.  You may have plenty of ideas or tasks in your head that you know must be completed, but not having them down on paper, or in this case, in your iPhone, could lead to disaster.  Thatís where the Schedule Planner app comes in.  It helps you break down your daily or weekly tasks into an organized format to ensure that no task is left behind.

    While some organizer apps may be characterized by clunky interfaces, Schedule Planner is the opposite.  Itís very easy to set up and use, so you wonít spend half of your day trying to figure it out.  Your activities are organized according to their priority and category.  Categories include things such as work, meals, health, and more.  You can allocate a certain amount of time to each activity, and also plan when it should begin.  A graphical calendar gives a solid overview of your plans, and different tasks are color coded for quick visual sorting.  To see how you spend your time, pie charts are included.

    Schedule Plannerís flexibility is one of its strong suits.  You can use templates to begin entering data, or create your own schedules in a customized format.  Thereís even the option to add notes for tasks so you wonít forget any necessary details.

    Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/schedule-planner/id437461477?mt=8

    Dragon Dictation

    Thereís no denying the greatness of the iPhone, but itís not exactly the perfect typing device for all of those who use it.  If you hate using the virtual keyboard to type out emails, texts, and more, Dragon Dictation is an app that can save the day.  The name of the game with Dragon Dictation is voice recognition, as it takes your spoken words and translates them into written text.

    The app really comes in handy when you are driving.  As you may know, texting and driving is particularly dangerous, but some people find it to be a habit that is rather unavoidable.  By using voice recognition via Dragon NaturallySpeaking technology, you do not have to stare down at your iPhone to type messages.  Simply speak whatís on your mind, and the app will put it into writing for you.  Not only is this a much easier and safer method for creating messages on the go, but itís also a lot faster.  In fact, the app creators claim that Dragon Dictation will create your messages five times faster than if you typed them yourself. 

    You may be wondering if the voice recognition is accurate, and the consensus is that it works like a charm, so you wonít have to constantly repeat yourself for a proper translation.  Speaking of translation, the app supports various languages.  For added functionality, Dragon Dictation works with Facebook and Twitter as well, so you can say your status updates aloud and add them to your profile feeds with ease.

    Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8

    Springpad

    Taking notes is a necessary task to keep you from forgetting important events or details.  The problem is note-taking can come in several forms.  You may need to write some things down, or you may want the option to have a visual memory of a detail worth remembering.  Jotting down notes on a piece of paper is easy to do, but taking other types of notes requires some more advanced technology.  Luckily, that technology is supplied by the Springpad app for the iPhone.  Springpad works for the iPhone and the iPad, and also gives you access to all your necessary data on the web, so your limitations are minimized.

    Springpad gives you the option to take notes in a variety of ways.  The most common way is to simply type in a note or thought.  Taking things one step further, you can also record audio notes that contain more detailed information, which saves you from having to type.  While those two options are solid and useful, the app offers much more.  You can save photos for visual representations of things you want to view additional data on.  If youíre in a new area and are intrigued by a restaurant and want to visit it in the future, you can save it.  When shopping, you can scan bar codes for any product in case you want to look up reviews.  The same holds true for when you are searching the web and see something that catches your eye.

    Once you have all of your note-taking data, Springpad organizes it into a logical format and even adds more information such as links, directions, price comparisons, and more.  You can share your findings with friends via social networking, and also send text or email reminders through the Springpadit.com website.

    Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/springpad/id360116898?mt=8

    Dropbox

    The creators of Dropbox could not have picked a better name for their app, as it acts like a virtual drop box for all of your important photos, videos, and docs.  The app is a real timesaver because it eliminates the need to email or transfer files from one device to another.  For instance, letís say you have some work documents stored on your computer at the office, but want to access them on your home computer and iPhone.  All you have to do is save the documents to your Dropbox, and they will instantly become available on all your compatible devices.

    The value of Dropbox resides in the way in which it simplifies file transfer and sharing.  Instead of having to remember to distribute your files manually to your other computers or devices, you just transfer them to the app, and it handles the rest.  Youíll have access to your files no matter where you go, and even if you lose your iPhone or your computer gets stolen, you can see all of the saved files via the Dropbox website.  With compatibility across the Mac, PC, iPhone, and iPad, Dropbox is a great free app to help you save time and increase productivity.

    Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8


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