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Habeas (“may you have your”) Smartphone Applications – Top apps for lawyers

As the Social Media Community Manager for ALPS, I cruise a lot of law blogs (blawgs) and discussion groups each day. Over the last couple of months I’ve been paying particular attention quite a bit to comments about smartphone applications for lawyers.

These applications run the gamut of document management to tracking billable hours and beyond. Whether if you’re an iPhone user or a proud proponent of Google’s Android smartphone, there’s an app or apps out there for the seasoned lawyer, the solo startup, or the law student.

Below you’ll find what my research has shown to be the most popular and/or offers the most functionality for the mobile legal practitioner using iOS or Android based apps. There are hundreds that can help lawyers increase productivity while on the go, but I’ve paired the list down to ten that may help the busy lawyer most. If you have a favorite that I’ve missed, please comment below or Tweet (@ALPS411) to set me straight.

BTW, AttorneyAtWork.com has recently compiled a comprehensive list of Android apps lawyers may find useful - available as a free downloadable pdf file here.

Fastcase (Price: Free; Platform: iOS; Purchase here)

Web description: Fastcase for the iPhone/iPad is a free legal research application, putting the American law library in the palm of your hand. Fastcase contains cases and statutes from all 50 states and from the federal government. You can search by citation, keyword (in Boolean or natural language), or browse statute collections.

Dropbox (Price: Free; Platform: iOS and Android; Purchase: iOS | Android)

Web description: Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

LogMeIn Ignition (Price: $99.99 iOS, $29.99 Android; Platform: iOS and Android; Purchase: iOS | Android)

Web description: Remotely control your PC or Mac, plus view, transfer and save files or folders from your iPad or iPhone. Ignition is a one-time purchase that runs on both your iPad and iPhone and works with LogMeIn software on your computers. Install LogMeIn software on an unlimited number of remote computers, and you’ll be able to access them all from your iPad and iPhone.

Quickoffice® Pro (Price: $14.99; Platform: iOS and Android; Purchase: iOS | Android

Web description: Quickoffice® Pro is the essential Microsoft® Office productivity tool for your iPhone or iPod touch that offers an intuitive and easy-to-use interface for advanced editing of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with an integrated file management solution with convenient access to multiple cloud service providers including MobileMe, Dropbox, Google® Docs, Box.net, Huddle and SugarSync.

Google Reader (Price: Free; Platform: Android; Purchase here)

Web description: Follow all your favorite sites, blogs, and more, all in one place. See what your friends are sharing, and easily share any interesting articles you read. The Google Reader app syncs with the web version, so all your reading lists are always up to date.

Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Edition (Price: $54.99; Platform: iOS; Purchase here)

Web description: Black’s Law Dictionary 9th Edition for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch is the legal dictionary for how you work today. Hyperlinked cross-references make finding related terms quick and easy. Black’s Law Dictionary 9th Edition for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch even offers audio pronunciations for thousands of hard-to-say legal terms. New features in the 9th edition app include ability to bookmark terms for quick reference and a featured Word of the Day.

TimeClock (Price: $3.99; Platform: Android; Purchase here)

Web description: TimeClock makes it easy to track your billable hours as you are working and then generate invoices or spreadsheets from your time data. It's the perfect Android time tracker for contractors, lawyers or anyone who bills clients by the hour.

DroidLaw (Price: Free; Platform: Android; Purchase here)

Web description: Follow the latest DroidLaw news including the latest addon releases and application updates via DroidLaw on Twitter or http://www.DroidLaw.com. Federal Rules of: Civil Procedure; Evidence; Appellate Procedure; Criminal Procedure; Bankruptcy Procedure; U.S. Constitution.

PocketJustice (Price: Free; Platform: iOS and Android; Purchase: iOS | Android)

Web description: PocketJustice brings the U.S. Supreme Court down to earth through abstracts of the Court's constitutional decisions and access to its public sessions. The application includes voting alignments and biographical sketches for all 112 justices. PocketJustice harnesses recordings of the Court's public proceedings to deliver hundreds of hours of oral arguments and opinion announcements. In many of these cases, PocketJustice provides synchronized, searchable transcripts identifying all speakers.

CamScanner (Price: Free; Platform: iOS and Android; Purchase: iOS | Android)

Web description: CamScanner is a must-have application for your iPhone or Android. With CamScanner, your smartphone is actually a portable scanner, with which all your paper documents, receipts, notes, whiteboard discussions can be archived anywhere at any time. Our Smart Image cropping and Image enhancement algorithm ensures the scanned images perfectly clear and recognizable.

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