Gadget and app reviews from AccountingWEB gadget devotees including executive peripherals editor Nigel Harris, columnist Philip Fisher and editor John Stokdyk.
"Must have" Gadgets - The iPhone
The iPhone 3GS – is this the new “must have” tool?
The iPhone has been around for a while and the latest release the 3GS takes it to a new level – with many of the reported shortcomings in prior versions addressed e.g. speed, video recording and copy and paste to name but three.
So what makes it so useful for businesses – apart from the basics of a telephone!
There is no keyboard in the traditional sense – but when input is required a keyboard is displayed on screen and you touch the letters etc required. Too small for you? Many applications allow you to rotate the iPhone and hold it horizontally and the display rotates too – making the keyboard display larger (see above, right). So sending text messages suddenly becomes so much quicker and easier.
Google Maps is a standard application and this allows you to determine your current position either on a map or satellite image and the new compass feature shows the direction of movement. Enter directions from say the current location (determined by GPS) to a destination and the route is shown – ideal for locating your meeting venue.
Voice memos are easy to use for short recordings on the move and the calendar can be set up to sync with other calendars used in the office e.g. google calendar.
Internet access via a Safari web browser is possible – best within range of a wireless network but can use 3G too.
That’s a few for starters. There are literally thousands of other applications (not all business related) and I will list a few of these that I use regularly very shortly. If anyone has come across any applications they consider essential we would be delighted to hear of them.