10 Apps to Optimize Your Smartphone: Page 3

Posted August 16, 2010

Jeff Vance

Jeff Vance

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7. YouMail

YouMail bills itself as a “digital secretary service.” The app has a number of features to improve voicemail and messaging.

It will play different pre-recorded greetings to different callers. It offers visual voicemail, transcribing speech to text. It will also display in-depth information on incoming calls and messages (including the caller’s picture, which is automatically imported from Facebook). Integration with SMS clients allows users to respond to voicemails with quick texts.

YouMail is available for the Android, iPhone or Blackberry.

Cost: Free for the basic version; the $1.99/month premium version provides more storage and allows for longer voicemails.

8. DejaOffice

“A missing business feature on most smartphones is the ability to attach a Contact from the address book to a Calendar appointment,” said Rushang Shah, Director of Marketing for CompanionLink Software. “Business people schedule hundreds of appointments. They need a quick way to know who the appointment is with and where it is.”

DejaOffice’s Calendar lets you tap the name from the appointment to either call that person or search for directions.

The DejaOffice suite includes other features that mimic Microsoft Office on the smartphone, including task features, contacts with custom fields that can be sorted by category and a calendar that allows you to set recurring appointments and color-code important events.

DejaOffice is available for the iPhone and the Android.

Cost: The free version is ad-supported; you can disable ads with a one-time payment of $9.95.

deja office

Deja Office

9. capturengo

Media consultant Lynn Munroe recommends capturengo. “It lets you scan your business receipts and then automatically enters them into your expense report database, so you don’t have to spend hours computing your expense report,” she said.

Currently available for BlackBerry and iPhone (with others coming soon), capturengo will also capture business cards, storing everything in the cloud. Its interface allows you to enter notes with each receipt or business card.

Cost: Pricing ranges from $5.99 per month for 25 captures/month up to $99/year for unlimited captures.

10. Scan2PDF Mobile

Another scanning application that takes advantage of smartphone cameras, Scan2PDF Mobile scans documents and converts them to PDF files. The app compresses the output from the camera to improve document quality.

Scan2PDF Mobile lets you get rid of two pieces of out-dated office equipment (assuming you’re not, say, a graphic artist): your scanner and fax. If you need to fax a signed document, you can instead use Scan2PDF Mobile to capture the signed document, which you can then email right from your phone.

Cost: $14.99

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