If you’re a project manager, then there’s about a 99.99% chance that at some point, you’ve told people that you live out of your smartphone or tablet. Why? Because project management is often a career that requires you to be constantly connected to your colleagues, your employees, your clients, your customers – in other words, because project management really does require that you live out of your phone.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as you can be sure that your phone does work for you and that you don’t work for your phone or tablet. The best way to ensure that you don’t become a slave to your phone? Simple: download the apps that will help your phone serve you better. That way you can tell people that even though you live out of your phone, you have a “new app” that is changing things for the better. Here are five suggestions to get you started:

5 Best Apps for Project Managers

5 Best Apps for Project Managers

1. LiquidPlanner

Not only does this tablet app have a great name, but its functionality is second-to-none; it just looks great on your tablet. The reason it looks so good is because it stays busy keeping you connected to people who are also working and allowing you to track everything that’s happening with your project from one singular app location. You can also craft a To-Do list that will keep you on top of things no matter where you are.

2. Project Planner HD

Sticking with the tablet theme, here’s another project management App that really does a great job in putting all of the information you need constantly available in one singular source. It’s got a great visualization system – hence the HD – that shows the project’s completion on a somewhat linear timeline; in other words, this is a great project planner for someone who’s more visually inclined than the general population.

3. Projector

Okay, just one more tablet App because we love tablets for project management: Projector. This one is built for your iPad and has a very simple interface along with the project timeline that helps you to seamlessly manage one task to the next with very little confusion in between steps. You can do great scheduling with this app, as well, considering the easy-to-use interface.

4. Outpost

Returning to the familiar area of the phone, let’s focus on an App that runs best with Basecamp, a name that should ring a bell with project managers who rely on their software to make their lives easier. Essentially, Outpost is exactly what the title suggests: a full “outpost” for users of Basecamp who want to bring the software with them everywhere they go.

5. Project Schedule

Outpost was built for the iPhone, but Project Schedule is built for the Android. Considering the kind of tool-power this app brings, you’ll be glad you have an Android. It’s great for schedule handling as well as organizing all of the alerts that you need to be aware of.