6 Mobile Apps I Actually Use

There is a lot of talk and noise in the media about smartphones, tablets and how mobile Internet usage is exploding. I’m a big fan of Apples iPhone and iPad so I guess I’m part of this explosion. But how much of it is hype and how much of it is real?

I am a bit of a gadget geek when it comes to technology, testament to that is the draw full of discarded pieces of hardware in my office. The iPhone and iPad has been the best gadgets to-date, especially the iPad, and I don’t think I could be without one.

Regardless of your preference for make, model and operating system it’s the applications (apps) that transform these devices into practical tools. I have acquired over 140 mobile apps of which 95% don’t get used. I suspect this is a typical ratio, which got me thinking about the apps I do use daily and why.

So here is a list of the 6 mobile apps I use on a daily basis and how they have changed the way I do things.

1. Sky News

This is a great app I frequently use during the course of the day to keep up to date with breaking news, sport and business. I find I’m up to date with what’s going on by the end of the working day and very rarely tune in to TV news channels.

2. The Times

Download this daily to my iPad and will read over breakfast and during my commute. I haven’t bought a newspaper for two years. Big fan of Sunday Times on iPad too.

3. iBlueSky

Mind mapping app I find really useful for organising my thoughts, ideas and helping me solve problems.

4. Addison Lee

London minicab firm, reliable clean cars. I find this a really convenient way to organise a taxi. Don’t book a car over the phone anymore now they have a mobile app.

5. Cyclemeter

Started cycling last year and this has been a very useful app for tracking my routes and measuring my performance against my goals. Has helped keep me motivated when out on rides. Also use it on the odd occasion I go running and when I’m in the gym.

6. TomTom

Great satnav app never set off on a journey without using it even if I know where I’m going. The traffic updates has saved me for being late or getting stuck in traffic on many occasions. Prefer it to the factory fitted satnav.

The mobile Internet explosion is set to continue and businesses will need to embrace another channel and opportunity to interact with their customers. I’m already looking at developing a mobile app for our candidates and clients that will enable us to push information to their smartphones.

What mobile apps do you actually use and find useful? I’d love to get your thoughts on what you would like to see in a VadarMoss mobile app.

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