By Gajan Tharmabalan

It is a little haunting to admit how integrated my phone has become with my business workflow. Haunting in the sense that if I don't have my iPhone (5) with me, it becomes incredibly difficult to be as efficient as I typically am. One of the key reasons behind this is the sheer volume of quality apps. In this post, I'd like to highlight the key apps that help keep me productive. You'll immediately notice I don't list any camera apps (GASP!). That's because I use the default camera app on the iPhone to capture and process them afterwards. Now, for convenience, I'll categorize my list from self-explanatory to obscure.

Self Explanatory

Instagram should not require any explanation at this point. A social network for showing pictures. Genius.

Tweetbot is my Twitter app of choice. Clean, fast, and reliable. With support multiple accounts, Tweetbot really stands above the others.

Facebook still remains the easiest way to stay in touch with the bulk of your family and friends. The app is just polished.

Facebook Pages Manager is a great app for a business of any size to start a web presence and engage with their audience.

Flipboard  provides an awesome stream of customized news to your iPhone in an easy to read format. A must-have. Literally.

Dropbox  is the go-to file sharing app. Works on just about anything with an internet connection. It's really easy to use and free!

Chrome  is the web browser I use on my computers, and the ability to have all my tabs synced to my iPhone makes this app a default for me.

Calcbot  is a calculator app. It looks nicer. It makes nice sounds if your into that kind of stuff. It just works.

Somewhat Obscure

Mailbox  is a Gmail-specific mail client that is primarily gesture based. It's incredibly fast, and helped me sort and delete 1000's of emails.

Drafts always launches to a blank text file. You type in it, and then send that text to whatever destination you want. That's all. Oh, it's fast too!

 Fantastical       is the best calendar app you can get on your iPhone. Especially if you have multiple calendars to manage.

Reeder  allows you to add a group of websites that you enjoy, and rather than visit those sites, you now have a list of all those articles. Time saved!

Evernote  is a proper note-taking app that allows you to capture and store your ideas whether it's text, voice, or images.

Byword is my word processor app of choice that I use to write longer content. The simple and clean 

 Instacast is a podcast app that is a useful as it is pretty. It keeps all your feeds in sync and works incredibly well.

Instapaper is how I manage my articles for reading later. It's a bare-bones service that strips the important text and imagery from webpages.


Asana  is a great project management tool for teams to assign and manage tasks. The great thing about this app is that is entirely web-based, so you can access your information from any computer.

Omnifocus is the my to-do list app. It's pricey, but when you have a strict regimen in how you get things done, a solid app like this is worth every penny. Only invest if your serious about being productive.

GroupMe  is my group messaging app of choice. It has a great interface that doesn't feel dated (I'm looking at you WhatsApp) and works very well. Now this choice may change once BBM for iPhone is released.

Hootsuite is a niche app for heavy Twitter users. It allows your to manage multiple social networks and, more importantly, interpret statistics from the content that you share out.

Everypost is just genius! I compose a message, attach a link or image, and with one click, I can send that out to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+. This is an awesome tool for power users.

Launch Center Pro  is an app of shortcuts. It's a time saver which moulds to what you make of it. You can have a variety of custom actions such as managing your brightness with one swipe. Research this one.

Instashare is a very polished app that allows you to share media between you iPhone, iPad, and Mac as long as they are on the same Wi-Fi connection. No wires. No bluetooth. Works like a charm.

Photoshop Touch provides a great depth of editing options while also being able to keep my edited images in sync with Creative Cloud. There's a ton of photo editors on my iPhone, but this is my first choice.