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Kickstarting Your Mobile Office

Ricardo de JongRicardo de Jong

So you think that featherlight laptop is as mobile you can get for taking your business with you everywhere? Think again. Your smartphone is not only a device for consuming information. With the help of some apps and some peripherals that recently were successfully funded on Kickstarter you can have a perfectly functioning office right in your (large) pocket. Here’s how you can make the whole smartphone experience not that awkward for office work.

myType Keyboard

The latest in Bluetooth keyboards is as portable as it gets. The myType Keyboard is a silicon rubber, foldable keyboard that you can use any time you’ll have to type more than just a few sentences. A lot of thoughts and prototyping went into the design process for what’s eventually become the current, splash-resistant and durable version compatible with iOS and Android. Check out the video below to see the myType in action.

Pocket Tripod

So now that the typing department has been taken care of, what about tilting your device screen? You don’t want to become a hunchback just from typing several blog posts on your phone!

When looking at the iPhone there is a large offering of stands, but the Pocket Tripod by Geometrical Inc. & Rambod Radmard is something that you can just put in your wallet (with a thickness of 2 creditcards stacked on top) and fold it out whenever necessary.

The first Kickstarter versions are expected to ship at the end of this year, so if you’ve missed the campaign, there’s probably a chance of picking one up in 2014.

Check out the Pocket Tripod below.

Apps

Once again, speaking from an iPhone perspective, there are a lot of apps perfectly suited for businesses. Here’s but a small selection of my favorite apps for my day-to-day goings.

WordPress for iOS

Recently updated with a new Native Reader and proper under-the-hood account management in version 3.7, WordPress for iOS is growing into a solid alternative for its full-size browser counterpart. You can add all of your self-hosted blogs to the app and properly update your website while on the go.

Feedly

I only recently discovered the convenience of using a proper reader app on my iPhone. If you make it a habit of feeding it every interesting website, blog or YouTube channel you come across you’ll have a single app that can keep you on top of exciting developments in your niche.

WorkFlowy

A typical ‘do one thing and do it good’-app, Workflowy is a minimal take on the to-do list apps that are available by the dozens. Starting out as a browser-only version at workflowy.com, the app now also does everything you need to lift those ideas out of your head work them out from a neat hierarchy.

Evernote

One of the most popular note-taking apps, Evernote has everything that you need for collecting data in any format accessing it from anywhere and share this data with other people.

Dropbox

This is probably preaching to the choir, but for proper, universal file management you can’t go without a Dropbox installed on all of your devices.

If you have any tips for accessories or apps that can make your mobile office life a whole lot easier, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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