Pocket productivity: 5 apps to help you work smarter

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The best apps are the ones that make your life easier in some way. These five productivity mobile wonders are particularly close to our hearts here at htxt.africa HQ, as they are all incredibly useful, partly because of their core functionality but also because they’re just so well-designed.

SwiftKey

R53.99 – Android-only

SwiftKey

The default Android keyboard is actually quite good, but even so this one is better. SwiftKey’s keyboard layout, shortcuts and ability to predict what you’re typing is just superb, and only a few days of using it is all that’s needed to improve your on-the-go typing skills. The latest version has introduced SwiftKey Cloud, an online service that stores all of the words you’ve entered into your phone’s dictionary so that you don’t have to re-enter them when you use SwiftKey on a new phone.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “The best Android keyboard, hands down”[/symple_box] [/symple_column]

[symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it for Android on the Google Play Store[/symple_box]

Wunderlist – To-Do & Task List

Free – Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows

Wunderlist

Wunderlist lets you set and manage tasks in a super-organised fashion. Its interface is very minimalistic, but that just makes it easy to add, remove and edit tasks in mere seconds. It’s also fantastic for people who subscribe to the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology, which basically says that tasks are made up of many tiny mini-tasks, and that getting things done is a matter of simply tackling those mini-tasks in order. Best of all, it’s free.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Brilliant for subscribers to the GTD methodology”[/symple_box] [/symple_column]

[symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it for WindowsiOS, Android, Windows Phone [/symple_box]

Evernote

Free – Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows

Evernote

Evernote makes taking notes and keeping them synchronised across all of your devices as easy as hitting Save. You can type out your notes, record voice clips, save your favourite web pages and more using the app, and once they’re saved and your device has access to the internet, they’re all uploaded online where they are synchronised with every other device you use that also runs Evernote the next time they log in. Evernote is basically cloud storage for useful snippets of information, all curated by you.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Keeps your notes in sync no matter the device”[/symple_box] [/symple_column]

[symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it for WindowsiOS, Android, Windows Phone [/symple_box]

If This, Then That

Free – Via a web browser

IFTTT_Web

The genius of If This, Then That (IFTTT), is that it lets you set up your own automated tasks using a whole lot of popular internet applications, and all you need to access it is a browser and internet access. If, for example, you’d like to save every picture that’s tagged with your details on Facebook to DropBox automatically, you can totally do it with IFTTT. Or if you want to upload an image of where you are via Instagram whenever you check in somewhere with FourSquare, IFTTT will let you do it, and it requires nothing more than being set up once and activated on the IFTTT.com website. The possibilities are staggering.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “App Automation Excellence”[/symple_box] [/symple_column]

[symple_box style=”boxerror”] Use IFTTT Now with your favourite browser[/symple_box]

DropBox

Free – Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows

DropBox

This cloud-based service is, essentially, a hard drive that stores data that’s only accessible via the internet. It’s brilliant for synchronising files across all of your devices since every major platform supports it, and you can do things like ensuring your important work documents are available anywhere there is an internet connection. Free users get 5GB of storage to do with what they like, but there are paid options that give you much more space for a nominal annual subscription fee.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Access your data from anywhere”[/symple_box] [/symple_column]

[symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it for WindowsiOS, Android, Windows Phone [/symple_box]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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