Smart phones have come a long way from the early 90s, when they looked and weighted like a brick. Today, we don’t exclusively use smart phones as communication devices, like in the early days. Today, our smart phones are like miniature personal assistants, and we cannot imagine our lives without our smart phone. They help us make a task or to-do lists, monitor appointments and set reminders, save contact information, send or receive e-mails, take pictures, record voice messages and videos, transfer and receive files using Bluetooth, GPRS or other forms of technology, and much more.

In other words smart phones help us be more productive and smoothly do our errands. Here follows a list of smart phone apps that can help us increase our productivity and elevate our business to another level.

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  1. Evernote for taking notes

Evernote is a must have app that can help you get organized. With Evernote, you not only take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record audio notes, but also sync your notes across all mobile and desktop devices. It offers beautiful, professional interface, and as a free user you can upload up to 60MB of content monthly.

  1. TripIt for organizing your travel arrangements

If your business involves lot of traveling around, then TripIt is the right app for you. TripIt helps you organize all your travel routes. Insert all your flight, hotel and restaurant reservations in the app and that’ it. TripIt will add maps and directions, travel notes, photos, recommendations and much more. It will even sync travel plans with your calendar.

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  1. Google Drive for file sharing and collaboration with your co-workers

Google Drive is integrated with the rest of the Google ecosystem, and it enables you to share all your files, like photos, documents, videos and other, in one place, so you can access them from anywhere. You can manage files on the go and share them with co-workers. Collaboration with your team has never been easier with Google Drive. It also enables you to make new documents and spreadsheets, create scans from the smart phone’s camera, and upload up to 5GB of files for free.

  1. CloudOn for creating Microsoft Office files on your smart phone

With the CloudOn app you definitely don’t need to spend so much time in the office anymore. CloudOn offers a full PC version of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on your mobile device. So, it turns your smart phone to a computer, in a way. You can create, review and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the go.

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  1. Mint.com for keeping track on your personal finances

Mint.com enables you to track your spending, budget, categorize transactions, track checking, savings, and credit card accounts, get email alerts for up-coming bills, fees, low balances, and much more. You don’t need to worry about security, since Mint.com is a read-only app, and nothing can be written to your online bank account information. What’s more, all your information is transferred with bank-level security, monitored by both TRUSTe and VeriSign.

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