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Ged uses the iPhone 6plus. Let’s get on with his list…
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WeChat: A lot of my contacts are based in the Far East so I have a decent network on WeChat already which is just one of the reasons why I use it. In addition, its group chat function is so useful – I used it as an extended team management tool. Its call quality puts Skype to shame. The overall user experience is really good, I anticipate the application will become more all encompassing as international versions get feature parity with the Chinese version.
Newsblur: Sam Clayton’s RSS reader is my platform of choice for news consumption, the mobile application allows easy bookmarking of content on pinboard.in. Given that it integrates with an online service you get a seamless experience across mobile and desktop. At 26 dollars a year, it is money well spent.
Jego: Jego is a soft phone by China Mobile Hong Kong that gives you a Hong Kong or mainland China number. Given 3’s free roaming in Hong Kong, this doubles as my local number. It has a simple interface and is very cost effective.
Olympus dictation: It’s a free application but one of the best pieces of software to record the audio from brainstorms or briefings in a conference room. The sound is surprisingly crisp and forgiving of room acoustics and air conditioning equipment. We have used recordings from it to overdub YouTube videos at a pinch.
State: State is a social network of opinions, it is also handy to get an initial dipstick on brand and product perceptions, when meeting a new client it is one of the first places that I go to in order to get an understanding of challenges that they may be facing.
iTranslator: Which I use for Chinese to English translation, I find it more useful than the mobile version of Google’s translate service.
ZeptoLiner: The to do app was written by a small Japanese software firm and not updated in a while, but I found it just worked for me with work and home to do lists, I use it for everything from project management to my grocery shopping list.
Weiyun: Is a Chinese online storage service from Tencent that gives you up to 1terabyte of free storage, which I use in a similar way to Dropbox. The main reason why it didn’t make my top 7 apps is that it isn’t localised for English speakers
G-Shock+: a companion app to the Bluetooth Casio G-Shock watch I have been experimenting with recently. The app is nice but doesn’t go far enough in controlling the watch, you still have to go through the on-watch modal process for basic functions like setting the time or moving from daylight saving time to old time.
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This is a great list from Ged, thank you! State sounds like a cool app to have a look at.
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