10 Apps to Optimize Your Smartphone: Page 2

Posted August 16, 2010

Jeff Vance

Jeff Vance

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4. JuiceDefender

One of the biggest limitations of the smartphone is the battery. Do too much heavy lifting away from a power outlet, and your smartphone will soon remind you of why you should save involved tasks for the office. And as phones add more features, even common usage can drain batteries quickly.

This is where apps like JuiceDefender come to the rescue. According to developer Latedroid, the app “intelligently and transparently manages for you mobile connectivity and other battery-sensitive components.”

Other power-saving features include switching away from 3G to 2G networks when the phone is not in use, turning off Wi-Fi if the battery charge dips below 20 percent, disabling data services during predetermined times (such as at night) and limiting CPU consumption when the phone is idle.

JuiceDefender is available for the Android. iPhone and iPad users try Battery Manager Pro, priced at $0.99. BlackBerry users can opt for the $5.99 app Battery Plus.

Cost: Free for the basic version, $3.50 for UltimateJuice.

5. Evernote

Put the scraps of paper down. Throw your clutter of post-it notes in the garbage. Instead, turn to Evernote, an app that helps you capture, organize and access your on-the-fly ideas.

“It’s awesome for taking notes in meetings, snapping a quick picture with the camera, remembering where you parked in a giant lot, recording voice notes of meetings, and backing up critical files on the go. Seriously, I could not do business without it,” said Daniel K. O’Leary, VP of Global Solutions for e-document company Lincware.

After you capture your idea, record your thought, save your webpage or mark your vehicle location, Evernote sorts and indexes your files to make them easily searchable and retrievable. Everything is synched via the cloud so you can access your files from any of your computing devices.

Cost: Free



6. DeadZone

You look at your phone and you have no bars. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead zone, or perhaps you’re stuck in a meeting in a building with no Wi-Fi and poor cell reception.

If you have an important call to make or text to send, you’ll end up obsessively checking your phone over and over again, hoping for a signal.

A better option is to download DeadZone. DeadZone monitors for a signal and when it finds one, it sets off an alarm. Available for the iPhone.

Cost: $0.99

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