Best smartphone and tablet Apps

Smartphone and tablet applications are becoming increasingly important for many people, covering services like health, fitness, and financial management.

Earlier this year South African technology professionals rated FNB’s banking application as the best in South Africa.

Other highly-rated applications included Takealot’s online shopping app, the News24 app, the SuperSport app, and Afrihost’s customer service app.

To see which other applications are useful, MyBroadband asked some of South Africa’s high-profile technology experts to share their favourite apps.

MyBroadband’s Jan Vermeulen said the rise of WhatsApp could not be ignored, and it has become the dominant messaging app in South Africa.

Vodacom innovation head Jannie van Zyl said that he has two favourite apps: Uber and Strava.

“Uber gives us a view of the future of ‘interactive’ apps – those converged apps that affect the real world and not just the virtual one – and how they can enhance our day-to-day lives,” said van Zyl.

“Strava is another example of how the real and virtual worlds can converge, and drive health on the back of man’s inherent desire to compete,” he added.

Radio 702 Technobyte and TechBusters host Aki Anastasiou said that Camcard was his top app.

“Camcard is incredibly useful and eco-friendly. It takes the laborious task of entering someone’s contact details from a business card into your phone easier,” said Anastasiou.

“Simply take a pic of the business card and within seconds the details have been scanned and stored on your contacts list.”

World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said that his general App of the year was Google’s Gmail App.

Looking at the business market, Goldstuck’s business App of the year was Microsoft’s OneDrive.

Finweek journalist, 22seven adviser and 5FM tech show host Simon Dingle said that his favourite App is Google’s Inbox by Gmail.

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