10 Smartphone Apps to Help You Get Ahead

By Thomas P. Farley for Men’s Life Today

How to succeed in business? There’s an app for that. If you want to be in career-competitive mode while mobile, here are 10 of our favorite applications for your smartphone.

When you traded up to your new smartphone, you vowed to use it for something besides Tap Tap Revenge and Bejewled, right? How’s that vow holding up?

If your downloading habits still trend more toward play instead of work, it’s probably time to mix it up a bit. Never before has so much organizing power and information been entrusted to the palm of your hand. And while Apple is the undisputed leader in this arena (its App Store has more than 100,000 different offerings), other cell phone, software and search companies have gotten into the mix now too, giving you compelling options for just about any next-generation smartphone you own. (And if you still have a “dumb” phone, skip to the end to see what apps are available to you.)

Want to be master of the universe? Start your reign by downloading these 10 applications:

1. Dragon Dictation

No matter how skilled you are at typing on a touch-screen keyboard, you can still talk a whole lot faster. Enter Dragon Dictation, an app that uses incredibly accurate speech recognition to translate your words into text that you can paste right into your emails.

Gives you an edge by:

Freeing you up from hunting and pecking so you can focus on your message

Availability:

App Store

Price:

Free

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2. OpenTable

Never deal with a busy signal — or a snooty reservation taker — at a restaurant again. This app lets you make restaurant reservations at any one of more than 11,000 participating establishments throughout the U.S. and the world.

Gives you an edge by:

Making client entertaining a snap, even in an unfamiliar city

Availability:

Android Market, App Catalog, App World, App Store

Price:

Free

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3. Mint

If the idea of having real-time access to all your banking, investment and payable information sounds enticing, check out this app. With this one program, you’ll achieve financial omniscience.

Gives you an edge by:

Freeing you from worry about overdrafts and missed bill payments

Availability:

App Store

Price:

Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost a mint. It’s free!

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