Regular dispatches from AccountingWEB gadget devotees including executive peripherals editor Nigel Harris, community correspondent Rachael Power, community manager Henry Osadzinski, and Accountants Power Tools' Kevin Salter.
So...having identified the iPhone as a useful gadget - what makes it so useful?
A range of applications (apps) is supplied as default - including the ability to sync with calendars, emails, a notetaker and maps. Maps have the ability to locate where you are now and provide directions - walking, bus or car - to a selected destination - useful for visiting offices or clients etc.
There are many thousands of apps available for download from the App Store - some free, some paid for - at varying prices. The most expensive app to date downloaded - £17.99 - is Logmein ignition - which allows me to connect to my office PC or home PC and control them as if I was sitting in front of them. It may however look a bit strange shaking the iPhone so that it moves the display from one screen to another!
Air Sharing (£5.99) allows the iPhone to operate as a wireless storage device - so that files can be uploaded or downloaded e.g. Excel, Word or PDF files to take with you to meetings - "just in case".
DocScanner (£5.49) takes a photo of any document then it will automatically crop, rotate and correct the perspective and improve the brightness and contrast. It will then convert it to a PDF or JPG file which can then be emailed or downloaded later on - an instant pocket scanner!
Noted - free - allows handwriting - well finger writing actually - for any very quick scribbled notes you want to make. This can then be saved as an image file.
We will visit a few more shortly. In the meantime - please let us know which apps you find particularly useful.