Remember the days when you had to carry around a stack of business cards to keep all your numbers handy? Then came the 90's when we could enter them into our PDAs… and tote THEM around. Not anymore! Now, your iPad can serve as your virtual phone book – but a heck of a lot less bulky and a lot more fun.
  • Contacts app. (Included on your iPad by default.) The Contacts app stores names, numbers, email addresses, and more so you can get the goods on your lunch date before you sit down at the table. It'll even allow you to store a picture and notes, too. The notes feature is ideal for storing kids' names, favorite foods, last order volume, and more, so you can impress them with your encyclopedic knowledge. And when you enter an address, you an even tap the screen to automatically open Google Maps and get door-to-door directions.
If you're looking for something more robust, there are a number of different apps in the App Store to check out, including:
  • Contacts Journal. ($5.99) This is a high-end personal Contacts Relationship Management (CRM) system. More than a phone book, it's more like a “to do” list that you can associate with each contact, along with a filtering option, export capability, and more. This tool is ideal for someone who interacts with a large number of people on an ongoing basis – perfect for sales professionals. This app was featured on as one of the “5 Useful iPhone Apps for Business Networking”. It was also featured on as one of the “10 Best iPhone Apps for Business Networkers”. So, obviously this is an impressive tool.
  • ContactsP HD. ($2.99) This is the basic Contacts app with added features. It has more customization options, including a revved-up graphical user interface, lots of search options, and ability to set groups.
  • Contacts Pro for iPad. ($1.99) This app allows you to input and password-protect a large number of data, such as credit card info, website/email log-in, etc. This is a useful app if you're concerned about the security of your contacts being compromised.
On the calendar front, boy, does the iPad have you covered!
  • Calendar. (Included on your iPad by default.) The basic Calendar app is a super-cool journal-look calendar, to which you can easily add recurring or standalone appointments. View it as a day, week, month, or list, and interface with your desktop.
And of course there are other options if you prefer a more specialized calendar:
  • CalenGoo ($6.99) The best feature of this app is that it syncs with your Google Calendar – and it looks just like your Google Calendar screen, too. Includes an integrated task list called Google Tasks; tasks with due dates are automatically displayed on your calendar. They've really done a nice job on this. It can be used when you don't have an internet connection, as well. (For instance, if you're not near a Wi-Fi hot spot.) The changes you make to your calendar will upload the next time you're connected to the internet.
  • PocketInformant ($14.99) This app is more calendar than most people need. But if you like to be organized to a “T” check it out. You can tag events, group tasks, send appointment meeting requests, set icons for events and tasks, and filter and search your calendar and tasks – as well as perform all the ordinary calendar functions.
As with any App (or software program, for that matter), figure out what you need your program to do before you go buy one. Don't assume you “need” the biggest and best, when the default free version might do everything you need in a simple and easy-to-use manner.
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