Business owners should consider using their own app if they can, and there’s a growing body of research to back that up.
Here’s a roundup of the top apps for business, including how to pick the right one for your business.
AppleInsider article AppleInsider reader Michael R. asked: Which is the best app for business today?
Here are the answers, in alphabetical order: Apple Pay: $1.99 per $1 spent, $9.99 for all other cards and accessories, or $4.99/month for credit and debit cards.
Amazon Alexa: $19.99, or an annual subscription of $40, for a single Alexa device.
Google Assistant: $29.99 or an Amazon Echo Dot, or the Google Home.
Google Calendar: $49.99 and free to Alexa-enabled devices.
Google Maps: $199.99 plus shipping and handling.
Samsung SmartThings: $40.99.
A one-year subscription to Samsung’s smart home hub.
Amazon Alexa: A free subscription for an Alexa-equipped device, with free shipping and support for two years.
Apple Pay, Samsung Smart Things, Google Assistant, and Google Calendar are all free for Amazon Alexa devices.
Google Home: A one year subscription to the Google home hub with a one-time payment of $10.
Google also provides a free two-year membership to the smart speaker hub.
If you want more features, consider a third-party device like Amazon Echo, Nest, or Microsoft HomeKit.
IFTTT: $5.99 to $15.99 ($5/month, $10/day) or $20/month ($5.49/day, $25/month).
You can also create a custom calendar or schedule, or subscribe to your own schedule for specific events.
Slack: $15/month to $20, with $15 off for first month, $20 off for each subsequent month.
Slack has more than 600 million users worldwide.
Uber: $3.99 (one-time purchase of up to $100), or $15 (per month for two-hour sessions) per car, per year, or up to 1,500 Uber rides.
Finance: $50.99+ for one-month or year subscription.
Finance has more features and can be accessed through multiple browsers.
IBM Watson: $9 per month, or free for all your IBM Watson devices and apps.
Microsoft HoloLens: $599 for a one year Microsoft HoloLens subscription or $199 for a three-month subscription.
Microsoft HoloLink: $149.99+.
Microsoft HoloVision: $59.99 with a two-week subscription, $199 with a three months.
Safari: $7.99 + $10 credit per month for new bookmarks, favorites, and bookmarks on the web.
Amazon Kindle: $39.99 a year, $69.99 after two years of monthly subscription.
Amazon’s own eReader and Fire HDX devices are also compatible.
Zoobee: $14.99 daily for a limited time, or no charge for a year.
Zoosmart customers can buy a limited edition Bee-themed gift set with a Bee sticker.
Nest: $2,500+ for a Nest device and an additional $100 credit for each Nest thermostat.
Nest also offers a $100 gift card to anyone who buys a Nest Thermostat or an additional Nest thermos, thermostats, or air conditioners, and they will receive an additional gift card.
Dell: $69 for a 2-year Dell Home Server license or $99 for a 3-year license, or for $100,000, for three years.
For an additional two years, Dell offers a 10-year security plan.
Samsung: $99/year for a 12-month Samsung license, $499/year after 12 months.
Samsung has a huge catalog of products and services and offers a variety of subscriptions and discounts.
Adobe Reader: $4 per month (two-week trial), $7 per month after that.
Adobe’s digital media software is free for everyone, and its Creative Cloud subscription gives users unlimited editing and sharing.
Adobe also has an app called Adobe Creative Cloud that allows users to create custom documents, edit them on their phones, and share them with friends.
Hangouts: $20 (free if you have Hangouts installed on your phone) for up to three people.
If two people are talking at the same time, you can also invite them to a chat room and let them join together to share their thoughts.
WhatsApp: $6/month or $9 for a free year of WhatsApp for the whole family.
WhatsApp has been used by over 300 million people around the world.
Facebook Messenger: $24 for unlimited texts and messages for a whole year.