The iPhone is a great productivity tool for professionals. Although Apple's built-in apps are pretty basic for business purposes, there are a variety of third-party apps that will keep you organized. Whether you need to manage your calendar or dictate voice memos, iTunes business apps for you.
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1. Genius Scan
Traveling for work usually means keeping track of various receipts, business cards, and other documents until you return to the office. Genius Scan (Free) is one option for reducing the clutter. The app uses the iPhone's camera to scan short documents, which can then be sent via email. The paid version, which costs US$2.99, is also compatible with Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Docs. Genius Scan uses page frame detection and perspective correction to enhance readability, but I would still limit it to shorter documents like receipts or business cards. Overall rating: 5 stars out of 5.
I was highly impressed with Dragon Dictation (Free), a business app that transcribes your voice memos into text. You can use it to quickly compose emails, text messages, or even update your Facebook and Twitter profiles. The app does a great job of recognizing most words, although you will need to speak slowly and enunciate properly. I would love to see an offline mode and the ability to save drafts, but Dragon Dictation is still a top-notch app. Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Dropbox.com is a popular site for online storage and file synchronization, and its iPhone app (Free) is worth a download. The Dropbox app offers 2 GB of free online storage and the ability to share and sync documents between computers and iOS devices. I also love that you can upload music to your Dropbox account and listen from your iPhone. The only downside is that some large files can take a while to load. Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Bento (US$4.99) can help you organize pretty much every aspect of your professional and personal life. This business app uses a variety of templates that you can customize to meet your needs. The to-do list template, for example, can be customized with due dates, priorities, and other items. Bento also includes templates for organizing projects, inventory, and expenses. The iPhone app has a pretty basic interface, which is a far cry from the elegant design featured on the iPad app. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
If taking notes is an important part of your work, you'll want to check out Evernote. Its simple note-taking and and organizing system is appealing, and when you add in powerful tools like adding audio, photos, and location data to notes it gets even better. Add automatic web syncing to all of your device, and you've got a powerful tool. Problems in the formatting system may frustrate some, but many will find this free app very useful. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
6. Voice Brief
Voice Brief (US$1.99) is an interesting new app that uses a text-to-voice process to read you the latest news, weather, stock quotes, and more. You can even use the app to listen to your Facebook and Twitter feeds. I think it's a great choice for busy professionals or anyone with a long commute, but since the news summaries are so short, I think there are better options available for listening to the news. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.