Whether you are pro BlackBerry, Android or iPhone, you should be pro apps. These little applications can help with everything from finding cheap gas to updating your Facebook status. App sales for portable mobile phones and devices are estimated to top $58 billion by 2014, according to research firm Gartner. Since the economy is still in a financial rut, it is important for mobile users to add value to their pricey smartphones and data plans with free apps, while they are still available.
Here are some useful and free apps for today’s busy, technology-driven women.
The Business Woman
Evernote (Available on iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.)
Part of being a success in business is knowing how to prioritize and work with a growing to-do list. Evernote, a productivity app, allows you to capture and save content in one place. From notes and ideas to snapshots and recordings, you can put it all into Evernote and synchronizes your Mac or Windows desktop.
Epi (Available on iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.)
This Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List app serves as a high-tech kitchen assistant. It allows users to search for professionally created and tested recipes; make interactive shopping lists and edit them at the supermarket; and follow step-by-step stove-side instructions all for $0.
The Money Manager
Mint (Available on iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.)
This apps lets users manage their personal finances on-the-go and in real time. Mint automatically pulls all your financial information into one place, allowing you to check accounts, track budgets, and edit info right in the apps. Making financial decisions in real-time becomes easy.
Parenting Ages and Stages (Available on iPhone and iPad)
The Parenting Ages and Stages app puts the best of Parenting.com in the palm of your hand. Users can customize the app to match the stage in their pregnancy or the age of their child(ren). It offers advice on everything from stretch marks and breastfeeding to potty training and disciplining.
The Smart Shopper
ShopSavvy (Available on iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry devices.)
ShopSavvy transforms your phone into a portable barcode scanner. Simply point your phone’s camera at any barcode and it will read it and do a product look up. Most importantly, it compares prices of the item online versus in stores, tells you the cheapest option and the closest store with the item you scanned.
Now with new apps becoming available seemingly daily, it’s easy to go overboard in the app frenzy. Slow down, read the reviews and select apps that will enhance or simplify your life.