You are a law professional who has purchased a shiny new Android phone: congratulations! Smart phones have become an essential component in modern life, and they are particularly necessary for any well-equipped lawyer. Android phones, similar to many other phones, offer one location for finding applications called the Android marketplace. The Android marketplace offers a wide variety of apps, some quite expensive, that will accomplish almost any task that you need completed.
However, before you burn a hole through your credit card filling your new device with apps, make sure that you are making use of those that are free of charge. There are several online companies that offer free services along with free apps such as Dropbox, Evernote, and HeyTell. These three apps are, for many, indispensable in day-to-day convention as a lawyer. These three apps will get you on your way to getting the best use out of your phone, while also not blowing your budget.
During most-all trips out of the office or to your home, you need to review documents that are too lengthy to be printed and carried. You probably also find yourself needing to share documents or a folder of documents with a client/co-worker, yet you often realize that email is not a great solution for collaboration. The solution is here: Dropbox. Dropbox is an app and web service that allows you to share documents and folders securely between as many parties as you wish. Upon downloading the app, you will be given 2 GB of free storage. More free storage can be earned by inviting your friends to join. There are also companion apps for Mac and PC. Dropbox automatically syncs all files that have been stored via your phone, computer, or web browser. If you need to share a folder, simply make it public or share it with a certain group of individuals. All parties can simultaneously add documents from any of their devices. This resolves having to carry around flash drives or certain devices, and it frees you up to have all of your important documents with you no matter where you are.
Evernote is also an incredible app. Though it shares a similar function to Dropbox (it syncs your documents via the cloud for free), Evernote serves as a note-taking app. Upon downloading the app, you are greeted with the option to create a notebook, text document, media document, and much more. Evernote uses not only the title of your note, but it also uses tags so that certain items can be grouped together even if they do not reside in the same notebook. It has extended formatting to allow not only for the standard bold-underline-italics options but also lists, bullets, charts, attachments, and more. Overall, it is a fantastic way to stay organized through depositions and meetings with clientele.
Finally, an app that is a new way of using digital phones: HeyTell. Many times we find ourselves needing to call someone but not being able to catch them at the correct time. Texting might work, but it is a message that would take much too long to type. There is finally an in between solution for you. HeyTell, briefly described, is an app that allows you to send short voice snippets to another friend for free through an app. This app is indispensable for two individuals who need to be in contact frequently yet have schedules that prevent direct, immediate communication. HeyTell is free in the Android marketplace and works with iPhones as well.