Smartphones are fantastic for entertainment, but they're also the perfect companion in the workplace too.

Whether you're running your own business, managing a team or simply hard at work at your desk, having a powerful handset packed with useful apps is sure to make your day run without a hitch. We take a look at the very best apps for business use, from incredible to-do lists to awesome tools that make file sharing a breeze.

Todoist

Everyone loves a good list, and Todoist is up there with the best. It can be used by individual users, or even collaboratively with a team if you opt for Todoist Business - as Dell, Vimeo and Nike have all been known to use the app.

Available on Android and iOS, tasks can be added to Todoist easily. With its attractive interface, the app is a pleasure to use. It's full of handy features too, allowing you to set reminders, create deadlines, set recurring tasks and use colour coding to organise tasks by importance. You can even integrate Todoist with other apps like Amazon Alexa, IFTT and Dropbox.

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Buffer

Do you work in social media, or frequently need to post on LinkedIn or Twitter for work purposes? Download Buffer, and say hello to what's undoubtedly going to end up as your new favourite app.

Buffer is a social media management platform that makes scheduling posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn super simple. Available for desktop and mobile, all you need to do is log in to the social media accounts you wish to use via Buffer and then create and schedule content ahead of time.

It's a fantastic way to stay organised, enabling you to complete a week's worth of social media posts across multiple platforms in one go. The only time Buffer will bother you is if you use Instagram, as a notification will pop up at the sheduled time. Click on the notification, open Instagram through Buffer and make any edits that you please. Add the filters you want, tag brands or friends and paste the already copied text as your caption. Then that's it - you're done.

Trello

Project management is made easy with Trello. When multiple people are involved with one task, things can get complicated - especially if you all work in separate offices. With Trello, you can create boards for each project and invite colleagues to join. Assign tasks, create checklists, add comments and attach files to share with your team. You can even work offline - Trello will automatically update as soon as it receives an internet connection.

Trello is free, but you can also upgrade to benefit from additional features. It doesn't matter if you have an Android device or iPhone either, you'll find the app available to download on Apple's App Store and Google Play.

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Minute

Wouldn’t it be great if all the notes your team made in a meeting could be combined into one easy-to-access place? This is exactly what Minute offers, helping you to get the most out of your meetings, all while putting a stop to pesky paper notes once and for all.

Minute is an app you can use before, during and after meetings. Its standout feature concerns notetaking: with Minute, notes and to do lists can be shared with multiple members and edited in real time during the meeting. Tasks can be delegated within the app too, so everyone leaves knowing exactly what to do.

You can also set an agenda, share files from a huge selection of places including a local drive, Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive, and quickly create follow up meetings with just a few taps. You'll never leave a meeting feeling uncertain of what's expected from you again.

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