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Must-have iOS, Android productivity apps

There's a huge range of productivity apps in the market, but which ones are deemed the best?
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OneReceipt

Name: OneReceipt

Developer: OneReceipt

Price: Free

CompatibilityiOS

Scrabbling to organize work and personal receipts can be a pain, and so apps like OneReceipt can time out of the process. OneReceipt can be used to capture and store both email and paper receipts, and by using your smartphone's camera you can add an automatic log of your expenses. Email receipts can be set to automatically log via Gmail or Yahoo accounts, and you can also categorize your records. The app also includes a monthly spending summary and shipping tracker service. 

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Things

Name: Things

Developer: Cultured Code

Price: $9.99

CompatibilityiOS

Things is an intuitive task manager suitable as a companion for your daily and working life. You can organize your tasks by date, check items off in 'to do' lists, stay on top of work projects and use tags to assign priority tasks, times and categories, whether a task be personal or work-related. 

Things Cloud also backs up your data so you won't lose your tasks if something goes wrong on your iOS device.

 

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Wunderlist

Name: Wunderlist

Developer: Wunderkinder

Price: Free | Premium available $4.99 per month

CompatibilityiOS | Android

Wunderlist is an alternative task management system which is suitable for work, play and small businesses. While containing standard features including to-do lists and file attachment to tasks, you can also connect to colleagues through the app in order to share tasks, projects, leave feedback and delegate responsibilities. 

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PDF Expert 5

Name: Documents 5

Developer: Readlle

Price: Free

CompatibilityiOS 

Documents 5, developed by Readlle, is a content editing app for iOS devices. You can read, annotate and edit many different files including office and .PDF types, store and listen to music, view images, organize your files and watch films through the application. Documents 5 is also compatible with cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and iCloud. 

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TurboScan

Name: TurboScan

Developer: Piksoft

Price: $2.99

CompatibilityiOS | Android

Turboscan is a handy app to quickly scan documents and convert them in to .PDF files through your mobile device. Whether you need to scan documents, receipts, notes or other text, you can use the application to scan and store or email converted files as either .PDF or image types. Processing is quick and you can control brightness, orientation, color and size of scanned items. 

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Documents Free

Name: Documents Free

Developer: Savy Soda

Price: Free

CompatibilityiOS

Documents Free is a lightweight app for editing spreadsheet and rich text files on the iPhone and iPad. Files can be opened from all major suites -- including Microsoft Excel and Word, Open Office and Numbers, and can be edited on or offline. In addition, files can be synchronized to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive. 

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LogMeIn

Name: LogMeIn

Developer: LogMeIn

Price: Free

CompatibilityiOS | Android

LogMeIn is a secure application designed for iOS devices. If you have a subscription with the service, you can access your desktop and work computers remotely and securely, edit files from your mobile device, remotely run applications and access content stored with cloud providers including Dropbox and Google Drive. 

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HoursTracker Pro

Name: HoursTracker Pro

Developer: Carlos Ribas

Price: $6.99

CompatibilityiOS | Android

For the self employed or contract staff, HoursTracker Pro is a handy tool to keep track of your working hours, time accumulation and how much you can expect to enter your bank account at the end of the month. You can review clock-in and out entries by day, week, month or pay period, and once you've entered your pay schedule, the app  automatically calculates everything. In addition, you can import entries as a CSV spreadsheet file. 

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eWallet

Name: eWallet

Developer: Ilium Software

Price: $9.99

CompatibilityiOS | Android

eWallet is an app for storing passwords, account information, card numbers and ID data. If you do not mind storing such data in one place, the password manager -- which accounts for over half a million users -- uses 256-bit AES encryption and time-out locks to keep sensitive information secure. Live URLs can also be launched from the app to save you from accidentally accessing phishing domains or fake websites. 

The app also offers cloud support for wallet sharing between devices and data backups, and an automatic password generator for your online accounts. 

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PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro

Name: PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro

Developer: Wyse Technology

Price: $14.99 | Premium available

CompatibilityiOS | Android

The PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro application is a simple app for remote desktop access, whether you use a Mac or Windows-based machine. By using automatic discovery or manual setup, users can access files, documents and apps including Adobe Photoshop, games, Outlook and Word hosted on their desktop computers. 

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Evernote

Name: Evernote

Developer: Evernote

Price: Free

CompatibilityiOS | Android

Evernote is a versatile, popular note-taking app which also allows users to create to-do lists, capture photos, save and view webpages and record voice reminders.

Notes stored in your Evernote account are searchable no matter where your location -- and can synced across different devices through the cloud, organized by different tags and shared via email or social media.

The app works well with Evernote Business, and can be securely locked with a PIN number if you purchase the premium version.

See also: Evernote, LinkedIn team up to tackle business cards 

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