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10 mobile phone and tablet apps to keep you out of mischief

If you’re tired of explaining to people that your latest piece of tech is NOT a toy, download these apps to shut them up once and for all.

PS. 8 of the 10 apps are available on both Android and iOS mobile devices 🙂


“A very simple, well designed and easy-to-use task management tool”

One of two “to-do list” apps I use. You can set alerts, access lists via your browser and share lists with working groups.

Download Wunderlist for: Android, iPhone (iOS),
Google Chrome (browser extension)

Wunderlist - a very simple, well designed and easy-to-use task management tool.
My favourite app of all time. The Pocket app (formerly read it later) lets you save pretty much anything you find on the web to a central location for you to access at your own leisure. The app works across Android, iOS and web browsers (plugin available for Google Chrome).

Read the write-up we did for more details on the app.

Download Pocket for: Android, iPhone (iOS)

Pocket - getpocket.
One of the easiest ways to make sure you have instant access (providing you have an internet connection) to all your important documents and files. You can sync files saved to your Dropbox account with your computer/laptop and mobile devices.

Tip: I use it to make sure I always have access to the most up to date version of my CV.

Download Dropbox for: Android, iPhone (iOS), desktop

Download Dropbox.
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, get one. The best way to search for people that you meet across during impromptu networking sessions.

Download Linkedin for: Android, iPhone (iOS)

How to use LinkedIn.
If you’re addicted to Facebook and Twitter, Bufferapp makes it easy to update all of your accounts from one central location. The free service allows you to add and manage up to three accounts; this includes Twitter, Facebook (page or profile) and LinkedIn. Buffer also offers several extensions to make it easy for you to share content via your social networks even when you’re not in the app.

Download Bufferapp for: Android, iPhone (iOS),
Google Chrome (browser plugin)

Buffer - Bufferapp social media scheduler
National Rail Enquiries
Whether you’re travelling for leisure, study or business, keeping a track of your train times is always important. The National Rail app is one of the better travel apps, covering all trains on the network (irrespective of the operator) and even tracking the location of trains along their routes.

Download National Rail Enquiries for: Android, iPhone (iOS)

National Rail enquiries app.
PAYE tax calculator
Even if you are in permanent, fulltime employment it’s always a good idea to regularly check your payslips. Input your current tax code and a few variables – salary; whether or not you have a student loan; pension etc., and the PAYE tax calculator gives you a breakdown of what you should be earning gross and net (after deductions).This app is ideal for those of you that work freelance and move from company to company frequently.Download PAYE tax calculator for Android
Guardian news

One of the better news apps offered by the established newspapers. Loads quickly on mobiles and alerts for breaking news work really well.

Download Guardian news for: Android, iPhone (iOS)

Guardian app

Because the last time we had a well-stocked pencil case Woolworths still had the best pic ‘n’ mix on the highstreet.

Download ConvertPad for Android

Convert pad mobile app.

Pulse…is a wonderful RSS reader if you haven’t seen it.” – Steve Jobs

Another quality news app. Pulse offers access to more global news than say the Guardian app and incorporates funny stuff from Buzzfeed and other social news feeds. Take the time to set up your preferences, or you’ll be stuck with a very US-centric version of events.

Download Pulse for: Android, iPhone (iOS)

Pulse news mobile app