Top 8 Productivity Apps iPhone

Productivity apps these days seem to cover a range of different sub-categories, each of which is more than worthy of its very own list – in fact, we’ve often done just that!  We recently put together a Top 8 of our favorite to-do list apps currently available or the iPhone, and really many of the more popular productivity apps could fall into this specific category. But there are other kinds of productivity apps that offer something slightly different, but no less useful: note taking apps like Evernote and OneNote, for example, which allow you a platform upon which to note things down and then integrate these notes into other apps. Then there are the team based management apps that are designed around the idea of collaboration, bringing together users in an environment that allows them to share messages and ideas. These apps, like productivity apps in general, must be on point when it comes to cross platform capabilities, since they need to be accessed on a variety of different devices; from a desktop version to tablets, smartphones and a whole lot more. Here, we run through some of our favorite productivity apps that are currently available for the iPhone. Why not recommend us your favorites, too?

8. Clear ($4.99)

Clear is one of those apps we featured recently in our rundown of the best to-do list apps. It offers a simple way to keep track of the things you need to do, with a nice drag and drop system to make setting up and ordering your list of tasks easier than ever before. You simply pull down your list and type into it, then swipe right once you’re done with a task. It’s also synced across a range of different devices, meaning that you can set up your to do lists on one device and then check them off on another. No matter what device you are using – your iPhone on the way home from work, for example, or your MacBook in your home study – your list of things to do is always at your fingertips meaning that you won’t forget to note stuff down that needs to be done, nor to check stuff off the list once it’s been completed. – Download from iTunes

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7. Quip (Free)

Quip is one of those odd productivity apps that doesn’t really fit into any one category, but is no less useful for those who require an app to organize their personal and professional life. The app was developed by Facebook’s former chief technology officer, and is at once a task management app and a word processing app that allows you to collaborate with others. Using Quip, you can easily work with others to create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations. If you share a blog with someone, for example, you can collaborate on a new post together, or simply manage projects that you have running. And even if you don’t want to use Quip in a work sense, it still can be very useful when it comes to putting down and sharing a shopping list with your family, for example. – Download from iTunes

6. Slack (Free)

Another excellent prodcutivity app with collaboration in mind is Slack, which revolutionizes team communication by completely doing away with email. For anyone who has in some way experienced working with others via email, you will know how frustrating it can be to find things given the disarray of most inboxes. Important details come through and are lost in an endless chain of pointless replies, as are important files that you just need to access immediately and shouldnt have to trawl through the search function in order to find. With Slack, messages, files and services are all kept in one place to make this entire process a lot easier. It’s almost like a glorified chat room, where you can tag users and create multiple channels for smaller team projects as sub tasks to main objectives. Slack is also available across a range of different platforms, from a desktop version that sends non-intrusive notifications to keep you in the loop, to their iPhone and iPad versions which allow you to manage things on the go. – Download from iTunes

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5. Letterspace ($4.99)


Letterspace is another excellent note taking app that doesn’t offer the kind of comprehensive features that you see with Evernote, but reduces this to a simple interface that is a joy to use. Who needs clutter, after all? – Download from iTunes

4. Humin (Free)

Humin isn’t so much a productivity app, as an app that makes life easier. And unlike most of the other apps on the list, this doesn’t relate to work or tasks but to relationships: the app will remember all the details about someone, then allow you to search for them easily using given statements such as “met last week” or “lives in New York”.- Download from iTunes

3. Workflow ($2.99)

Then there is Workflow, which could best be described as a personal automation tool. One that saves typical actions and then allows you to drag them together under one button which will save you time in the future. If you’re the kind that sends messages with screenshots, for example, you can set up a workflow that automatically creates a new message with the last screenshot you took attached to it.- Download from iTunes

2. Dropbox (Free)

Storing files online is an important ability to have when you are doing just about anything. Professionally, it can be really important but it can be just as useful if you are running a personal blog, for example, or even just sharing stuff with friends. There are quite a few different apps and services to choose from in this particular area, including Google’s own Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive, but our favorite is still Dropbox. The best thing about Dropbox is that it works across a range of different platforms, meaning that you can access it on your iPhone and upload or access files, then install the app on your desktop computer and have it live there like a virtual folder to which you simply drag files and then share them with others or access whenever you please. – Download from iTunes

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1. Evernote (Free)

Despite the range of different productivity apps out there these days, the best for me remains Evernote, which is basically a simple way to keep all of the things you need to remember in one place. The best way I could describe it would be to call it a digital notebook, as used to store just about everything from notes, pages, photos, and even heavier files such as PDF documents and audio clips. By far the best thing about Evernote however, besides its ability to deal with just about all kinds of files, is its ability to then index such files in a way that makes them easier to access later on. Add a simple document to your notebook and it will be completely searchable across a range of different platforms and devices, which certainly makes it a whole lot easier to keep track of things. This is great for work stuff, but can be just as useful when managing things like bills and reminders around the home. – Download from iTunes

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