Top 10 business apps for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini

Apple’s iPhone has been the most favourite gadget for professionals. There are thousands of business apps worth using for business professionals. Check out our top 10 business apps for the  iPhone 5 and new  iPad.

1. Things

There are a lot of free or cheap to-do list and task manager apps available in the App Store. Unfortunately, many of them have proven to be a frustrating experience. Things is a delightful task manager that’s easy to use and also keeps a nice balance of a clean, intuitive UI, and features that provide more than enough to get things done. (Note: Things is based on GTD) With Things, you can manage your business better than before.

Things for iPhone ($9.99)  Things for iPad ($19.99)

2. Evernote for Business

Evernote is the digital note-taking service that keeps all the bits of your life in order – the receipts, web clippings, recipes… Now, they want to organize your work life too. In Evernote for Business you can still keep selected notes, notebooks, and stacks private or limited to a handful of people, but now you can also share content to an Evernote directory that everyone in your company can access. In addition, when you use Evernote, you can live by its ecosystem: Evernote Hello, Evernote Food, Evernote Clearly, Evernote Peek, Skitch, Trunk and more.

Evernote (The app is free. Evernote Business Pricing: $10/user/month)

3. Dropbox

Dropbox is a popular web service that offers online storage and helps you keep files across computers and mobile phones in sync with each other. Dropbox is so useful that now more third-party services have contained Dropbox functions.

Dropbox (Dropbox is free for 2GB to $49.99 per month for 500GB.)

4. ScanCard

Business card is still a popular way to connect with people. However, we often have problems when we have collecting too many business cards, because paper business cards are not convienient today. ScanCard is a mobile application which can make your phone camera become a business card reader. ScanCare reorganizes business cards and make them useful for you.

ScanCard ($4.99)   ScanCard for Promotion ($1.99)

5. Square

Square Credit Card Reader represents the future of digital payments for iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.  Square lets you easily accept credit card payments on lots of mobile devices.

Square (Free for app, 2.75% per swipe for all major credit cards.)

6. Expensify

Tracking and managing monthly expenses is a tedious task that many small businesses perform manually. Expensify is a free app that lets business travelers keep track of their expenses on their iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. Your receipts, expenses and reports are also stored on the Expensify.com site so you can access them on your laptop/desktop at work or at home.

Expensify for iPhone (Free)   Expensify for iPad (Free)

7. FlightTrackPro

The best flight tracking app is here. Push alerts, automatic syncing with TripIt and much more. FlightTrack Pro works seamlessly with TripIt. Forward your airline confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com, and flight will appear automatically in FlightTrack Pro. Works with over 1000 travel sites!  And you can try FlghtTrack, FlightTrack Free, TripDeck and other apps from Mobiata, too.

FlightTrachPro ($9.99)

8. Roambi

Roambi Analytics Visualizer lets you  turn your numbers into beautiful charts and graphs and is compatible with Excel and Salesforce data. An iPad with Keynote will have you presentation-ready at any meeting.

Roambi (Free with in-app purchases)

9. Bloomberg

Whether you invest in the stock market or not, it’s good to know the state of the market and the economy. Bloomberg is much better than iPhone’s native stocks app. You get up to date reports on all the major markets- Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, Nikkei, and many more- from all around the world. You can also look at detailed reports of individual stocks, and you can select your own portfolio to quickly monitor the state of your favored stocks. Even better, the Bloomberg app comes with a terrific news section so you can stay informed on the state of the economy. The app also looks slick, is easy to use, and loads quickly, making it the easy choice for tracking the financial world.

Bloomberg for iPhone (Free)   Bloomberg for iPad (Free)

10. Quickoffice Pro

It’s a fact: The iPhone doesn’t get along very well with Microsoft Office documents. If you receive a Word document by e-mail, the iPhone can read it but not edit it. Quickoffice Pro for iPhone fixes that major shortcoming, providing a comprehensive suite that can view, edit, and exchange Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the go.  If the whole Quickoffice for iPhone suite sounds a little pricey, you might want to consider the individual Quickword and Quicksheet applications ($4.99 each, on sale). Alternatively, the cheaper Documents 2 ($3.99) is also an all-in-one mobile office suite, only with fewer features.

Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) Quickoffice Pro HD ($19.99)

And, yeah, there are still lots of great business apps available on App Store. For      communications, you can use Skype and Viber too;  to manage business connections, you can try Bump, LinkedIn and HootSuite; for document processing, you can try Document to Go, iWork and GoodReader; for to-do list manager, you can try OmniFocus, Any.Do and Clear. For yourself, I think you also have a list for best business apps.  Leave us a comment below with your own list.

iPhone 5 is expected to be introduced on September 12, 2012, with a release date of September 21, while iPad Mini is set to be announced on October.

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