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Best Mobile Apps for Your Business

Best Mobile Apps for Your Business
Webex app from Cisco – makes face-to-face meetings doable.

Mobile is the New Best Location for Your Business

Business transactions today are often done on the spur of the moment, at lightning speed, from any location around the world. How can your business compete with the world? Get mobile and keep your business in high gear. When your customers want your service or product NOW, you must be able to deliver.

Five of the best apps for your business:

These five apps were chosen because they deliver the most positive solutions for busy business executives by increasing productivity and decreasing stress.

Office mobile from Microsoft lets you access your computer in your office. You can access, edit or even create new documents using your mobile device. This is a time saving step for sure, reducing the need to access your office computer because of a document you have left behind or suddenly discover you need to create a new report or sales document. You can even print a word document, an excel spread sheet or a power point presentation which will be there waiting for you when you get back to the office.

The Square is great for smaller businesses trying to compete with larger world wide corporations. Consumers will often make spur of the moment decisions for purchases and now you can be willing, and now ready, to accept their credit card payment where you stand. This is a fairly new app, started in 2010, but it has been well received and used. There is a small fee charged for every transaction made but you will find no hidden costs appearing on your monthly record.

WebEx Meetings by Cisco knows that office meetings rarely take place in stuffy board rooms these days. Whether you work from home or in your car this app makes face to face meetings doable, even at 30,000 feet. Need to attach files or documents? No problem. WebEx is the app for that. The high definition video imaging makes it feel real and personal. The company also offers a help line and support center should you run into any difficulties along the way.

HP Mobile Printer allows you to print documents from either your home or office. Sometimes that hard copy is still needed. HP mobile printers will work with an android device, an Apple device or a BlackBerry. Even if you are on the road and can’t get back to the office, or home, this ePrint app lets you communicate with any location that uses an HP printer like your hotel, FedEx stores, even the airport lounge.

Open Table is an app that allows you to book a reservation for lunch or dinner you’re your mobile device without changing your stride. Ask any businessperson and they will tell you that being able to access a fine meal without having to wait in line is a great way to refuel at the end of a busy day. This app is compatible with a wide variety of mobile devices.

choosing the right tablets

Is the Tablet You’re Considering the Right One?

choosing the right tabletsIn 2010, Apple introduced the iPad and the tablet revolution was born. But tablets have come a long way since then, and while the iPad is still popular there are many other options from which to choose. In fact, there are so many tablets on the market it might want you to go back to the original tablet – the spiral notebook. But never fear. If you’re shopping around and wondering how to choose the right tablet for you, this brief guide should help you narrow down the options and find the device that will best suit your needs.

Who Will Use It?

Are you a teacher shopping for educational tools for your students? Are you a business professional who will mainly be using the tablet for data transmission? Will your customers be using it to pay? Do you just want it to play games on? It’s important to think about all of these things when you go to select your tablet.

How Will it Be Used?

Using a tablet for playing games is a far cry from conducting important business transactions, like file sharing, or processing payments. If you want to play games, the iPad is a great solution. It’s the original tablet, and the App Store has perhaps the widest range of gaming available for tablets. Dieter Hsiao, the CTO of MezzoLogic, an SEO firm in Los Angeles, explains “Business-oriented individuals might be more inclined to pick an Android based system, or even the higher grade Windows tablets, as they have more utilitarian add-on hardware options.”

Consider the Operating System

The operating system is one of the most overlooked components to choosing a tablet, but it’s likely the most important. The operating system of your tablet dictates how it runs, what it can do, how fast it can do it, and where you can take it. For instance, business-minded individuals who want to use their tablets like a computer and are accustomed to PCs, the higher end Windows 8 tablets are likely the best option. If you’re used to using Macs, you might profit from an iPad, even if the hardware add-ons are a bit clumsier. If you want to synch with Google Docs and your Android phone, you’ll likely want to choose a tablet with an Android-based operating system.

Screen Size

How big of a screen do you need? Let’s say you are doing business and you need a customer or business associate to read a document and click “accept”. Is the screen big enough for them to read it comfortably? Will you have to zoom in to a point where they will have to keep scrolling back and forth across the page to read it? Is the button going to appear big enough to click? It’s very important to consider screen size when picking out your tablet. Personal use tablets can stand to be smaller, but business tablets – particularly those that will be involved in collaborative efforts – should usually be a bit larger.

Storage and Wi-Fi

Finally, you’ll want to consider how you plan to store your device. If you have to carry it in your purse or handbag, you might want a smaller version. If you have the ability to carry around a mobile PC type of tablet, then a Windows 8 version might be good for you. Also, you’ll want to consider whether you want to be able to connect via a cellular connection, such as tablets that are attached as a line on a wireless plan, or Wi-Fi only tablets. Consider that Wi-Fi only tablets are usually less reliable unless you carry an air card or some kind of mobile connection with you.