Smartphones have become an intrinsic part of many people’s working lives, whether it’s for taking notes in meetings, checking emails or simply taking five minutes off to update your Facebook status.
Maybe you have something like a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with its excellent S Pen stylus that lets you jot down information on the screen, or a BlackBerry Q10 with its physical keypad that’s ideal for typing messages. Whichever it is, there are plenty of ways you can use your handset to make your working life easier.
Many high-end smartphones now include MHL sockets, which are a great way of hooking your device up to a large display. Showing off a presentation to your colleagues? An MHL adaptor can be used to connect your smartphone to the HDMI socket in a TV, allowing you to show off all the graphics, photos and videos that you need.
Back at your desk, you may be fielding calls all day while busily tapping away at your computer. To save you from getting cramp while pinning the phone between your ear and shoulder, you could invest in a wireless headset that will free you up to chat away in comfort.
If you’re in a meeting, you’ll probably want to take notes, and the versatility of Evernote is ideal for keeping them organised. Along with text you can add voice memos and photos, and everything syncs to the cloud so it’ll be accessible from your laptop when you get back to your desk.
Speaking of organisation, you’ll need a way of staying on top of all your appointments in your busy life. Calendar apps like Google Calendar, Fantastical and Any.DO will help you to keep track of where you’re up to and where you’ll need to be.
How to use it
We’ve noticed people keeping their handsets face down on a table in meetings, a simple trick that makes sure no one sees any notifications that may appear on the lockscreen. Likewise, setting up a passcode will stop any information being stolen from your device.
Security aside, many companies now operate a Bring You Own Device policy, where work emails can be sent to your own smartphone. Speak to your IT department; they may be able to set this up for you.