5 More Things I Would Rather do on a Mobile Phone

This is a follow up to a previous blog I did on the same topic.  Though I am writing this post on my laptop, it turns many things are just better on the mobile phone.

So here are 5 more things…

Travel

The airline apps and hotel apps have made a ton of progress in the mobile space.  I rarely go to the desktop to check into or even book a flight.  I use a combination of the carrier app and passbook.  For hotels many are now accepting check-ins and bookings.  In fact travel is currently being disputed by mobile first and mobile focused companies like airbnb, Lyft and Uber to name a few.  In all these case the Mobile phone is actually the key to the existence of these apps by bring buyers and seller together.

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Email Management

I am not talking about writing a long email with lots of boring details that usually no one reads.  I am talking about wading through all the noise and figuring out what matters.  Mailbox and Gmail’s Inbox are just a few examples of apps that take a different approach to email.  I love ‘snoozing’ emails and easily clearing out the junk!

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Health and Fitness

I am a fitness nut and have collected data for years, in the past I used desktop programs and web sites to see all my results.  Now it is all about the mobile phone.  Wearables and tons of fitness apps have entered this space and having a fantastic mobile app is table stakes.  I use Fitbit and Strava and I open these apps multiple times a day, but I rarely open their web page on my laptop.

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Banking and Personal Finance

I hate when someone gives me a check! Don’t get me wrong we all like to get paid but I am talking about a physical check.  Banking apps and apps like Paypal let you send and receive money and even deposit those annoying checks.  Personal finance apps are also great and they can provide lot of rich analytics about your spending.  It always shocks me how much I spend at Costco and Target annually. 

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Order Food

I know I am not the only one who has ordered their meal while waiting in line at the place where they are going to eat.  I use the mobile apps and mobile web apps for a bunch of popular food chains (Panera, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, and more).  I think there is still a lot of room for improvement with most of these apps but end result is great and my laptop is never around when I am thinking about eating.  

I am some how compelled to order food from this new Dom app…

So that brings me to my shameless plug.  Why not BI on the phone, because if you are not doing it now you will be soon. 

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You can install and check out our apps on your phone, even if you don’t have access to an Oracle Business Intelligence server.

BI Mobile for Android

BI Mobile HD for iOS

And don’t forget to design purposeful BI content for the phone using BI Mobile App Designer.

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