Advertising
Advertising

The iPhone case even Macgyver would covet.

The iPhone case even Macgyver would covet.

There is nothing worse than being stranded somewhere and realizing you do not have what you need to make your situation better. I mean, Macgyver could build a house with string and a paperclip. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

In our cars we have tire irons, jacks, and spares to help get us back on the road, but what if you get a flat riding your bike on the way to class? We have all seen those cute little multitasking tools, but some of them are not practical when it comes to carrying them every day.

Advertising

This is where the MyTask iPhone case comes in. Currently seeking funds through Kickstarter, MyTask gives you something other multitaskers do not: versatility. This Macgyver-like case has an interchangeable sliding tray on the bottom allowing you to take what you need, when you need it, for the day. There are three trays offered during the Kickstarter campaign: Urban, Bike, and Stash. MyTask hopes to release more options after they reach their funding goals.

Advertising


    The Bike case with it’s nifty tools.

    The Urban case, weighing only 2.2 ounces, has 12 helpful tools:

    Advertising

    • full-size 2″ scissors
    • personal mirror
    • dual eyeglass screwdrivers
    • ruler
    • flathead screwdriver
    • 3-mode LED light
    • tweezers
    • black pen
    • touch stylus
    • USB drive (8 GB)
    • bottle opener
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • nail file

    The Bike tray has 18 tools, plus tire patches, and only weighs 2.8 ounces:

    • 3 tube patches and tire roughener
    • flathead screwdriver
    • two tire irons
    • bottle opener
    • pedal and axle wrench
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • 6 Allen wrenches
    • 4 box wrenches
    • 2 spoke wrenches

    The Stash tray does not have any tools, but instead gives you an empty tray to “stash” your personal items. It is 3.5 mm deep, or about 1/8 inch, to store credit cards, keys, memory cards, or cash. The options are pretty endless with the stash tray. MyTask designed the trays to be interchangeable, so if on Monday you ride your bike to class, but Thursday you have to work late, you can swap your Bike tray with the Urban tray and be prepared for whatever life throws at you. Other similar cases on the market currently only offer one option.

    Advertising

    All the cases are TSA compliant, even the Urban tray, so you can take your case on a plane without worry. All the tools are made from 1.5 mm hardened 440C stainless steel. They are incredibly strong so you don’t have to worry about them snapping or breaking on you.You can view a test video of the Allen wrench tool on YouTube.

    What do you think about these cases? I think they would come in handy. I know some people carry a pocket knife, but there are a few places that will not allow you to carry them, like planes. Sure, this case cannot provide a full supply of useful implements, but I think it does a pretty good job at giving you what you might need in an emergency. Regardless of what life throws at you, you will be ready for it with the MyTask case.

    Featured photo credit: MyTask Kickstarter Page via s3.amazonaws.com

    More by this author

    The iPhone case even Macgyver would covet. Get Your Windows XP Back This Is Happening: When Mobiles Are More Important Than Sex What is Devouring the World’s Bandwidth? IFTTT Brings Recipes to the iPad

    Trending in iOS

    1 15 iPhone Alarms That Wake You Up Right Away 2 12 iPhone 6 Tricks You Probably Don’t Know But Should 3 30 Incredible Things Your iPhone Can Do 4 21 Must-Have Free iPhone Apps You Can’t Miss 5 15 Must-Have Apps For Your iPhone

    Read Next

    Advertising
    Advertising

    Published on October 9, 2018

    Evernote vs OneNote: Which Improves Your Productivity Better?

    Evernote vs OneNote: Which Improves Your Productivity Better?

    Note-taking is useful in helping improve your memory and increase your productivity at work. By writing down notes, you have something tangible you can refer back to, remember what needs to be done, and regain control of your work throughout the day.

    There are thousands of different note-taking apps you can use on your desktop or mobile device. The two most popular are Evernote and Microsoft OneNote because they are incredibly efficient and effective that each has a following of extremely loyal users and advocates.

    So if it comes to Evernote vs OneNote, how do they improve productivity?

    An overview of Evernote and OneNote

    First, an introduction to the two platforms. Evernote is an app that lets you store content, take down notes, write lists, and organize all of them. While these are stored in Notebooks, the whole concept behind this productivity app is more like a Universal Inbox where you can save everything you’ve collected so you can quickly find it when you need them through the use of tags.

    Microsoft’s OneNote, on the other hand, works very much like a digital version of the notebooks you used to carry around in school. Aside from storing all your notes and different types of content you’ve collected, you can also organize them into sections, pages, and containers.

    Each of these apps offers their users a host of features to help them improve their productivity and memory. Also, because no app is perfect, each also has their strengths and limitations.

    To get a better idea of which app will be your best choice, we’ll be comparing the two based on three key features most used by their users: collecting information, note-taking, and mobility.

    Collecting information

    Both the OneNote and Evernote come with their own web clipper extension that allows you to quickly collect and store information from different websites as you find them.

    Both give you the option to choose whether you’d like to save the entire web page as is, a simplified version without the ads, or just a section of the page. You can also add some notes before saving them to make it easier for you to remember why you “clipped” that particular resource.

    Since OneNote gives you more structure to organize your content, its web clipper allows you to choose not just which notebook to save the details, but also what section within the notebook.

    Advertising

      Source: OneNote.com

      Evernote gives you the option to add tags to your web clippings before you save it, so it’s easier for you to search for it later.

      Premium users get access to Evernote’s Related Results feature located in its Options section. When you search on Google, Evernote will launch a secondary search that will show all the notes related to the keyword you used in searching for information.

        Source: Zapier.com

        This feature, according to Jeremy Skillings, President of Youcanbefound.com, is beneficial because it lets you know what information you already have stored in your notes.

        “In some cases whenever I do my research, I find out through this feature that I already have the exact information I need stored in my Evernote account. That alone cuts back a significant amount of the time I spend on projects.”

        Note-taking

        Both of these productivity apps allow you to create and format your notes to create rich documents. Among these features include changing the font size and color, adding tables, and inserting media files.

        Evernote’s note-taking features are very similar to a Word document in that it’s very structured concerning how you input your notes.

          Professionals who need to be able to build and access well-structured docs in the field make up much of Evernote’s loyal fanbase. One such 2-year user in the real estate field, Anthony Gilbert of RealFX.com, liked the formatting options, but admitted that there were still some downsides to the rigidly formatted approach.

          Advertising

          While he enjoyed the features, his personal experience with using it in the field revealed that the formatting features,“mean that if you need to change parts of your notes around, it can get tedious”. He continued, “the formatting features are quite finicky, so you may need a bit of patience to get the end results you are looking for.”

          Professionals who need to be able to build and access well-structured docs in the field make up much of Evernote’s loyal fanbase. One such 2-year user in the real estate field, Anthony Gilbertof RealFX.com, liked the formatting options, but admitted that there were still some downsides to the rigidly formatted approach.

          Structuring your notes properly from the get-go can have an effect on your productivity. A blank slate can sometimes be puzzling. Evernote allows the ability to use battle-tested templates and workflows that save you time. They can provide inspiration and structure on what’s possible.

          On the other hand, OneNote gives its users more versatility and flexibility in the way notes are created. You can click at any area of the page and begin typing. If you need to move things around, you can drag and drop sections of your notes to the right place.

          On the other hand, OneNote gives its users more versatility and flexibility in the way you create your notes. You can click at any area of the page and begin typing. If you need to move things around, you can drag and drop sections of your notes to the right place.

            Source: Lifehacker

            Also, it gives you the option to create Templates that you can use to layout your page properly, so all you’ll need to do is to fill in the information.

              Source: MakeUseOf

              This is a particularly handy feature that stood out to many of the people who shared their love of OneNote with me. Steve Lionais, longtime user and Co-Founder & CEO of Dr-Bill.ca, claims that this feature helped him build his business by affecting his memory in a powerful and helpful way.

              Advertising

              “This [feature] is what makes OneNote great memory retention app,” he said of the templates. “I find that I remember things more when they are arranged in a certain way. OneNote allowed me to do that for my meeting and presentation notes, so I don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to find the next point!”

              However, what really makes OneNote the winner of this round is its ability to allow you to embed media files from other sources like Youtube. In addition to including the link, OneNote launches a media player, allowing you to watch the video or listen to the audio file directly from the page where you saved it.

                Source: Windows Central

                Mobility

                Evernote and OneNote can be used both on desktops and mobile devices. At the same time, they provide their users with the ability to sync the content from one device to the other.

                Judging which of the two productivity apps is best here is quite tricky because it greatly depends on several factors. One of these is the operating software you use.

                Many of the power users we asked were using iOS, and that put some points toward Evernote. Greg Reese of AmeriEstate.com found himself frequently using the built-in camera option (and other iOS integrations) to manage his daily duties as President.

                  Evernote’s camera also integrates with Post-It, Moleskin notebook pages, and business cards. When you take a photo of any of these, the camera will capture the information and format this for Evernote so that it’s quick to find it when you search.

                  OneNote, on the other hand, dominates the Android environment. In addition to the app, Android users will also find a OneNote floating badge on the side of the home screen. So you can take notes on the go very quickly.

                  Advertising

                    Source: MS Power User

                    Another factor to consider is the cloud storage you use. For you to sync OneNote across different devices, you’ll need to first set up an account with OneDrive, which is Microsoft’s cloud storage service.

                    “This is something that Evernote users like me don’t have to worry about,” according to Matt Willens, Head Attorney for Willens Law Offices. “Whether you use a free account or one of their paid plans, you can immediately sync your devices without having to get a separate cloud storage account.”

                    The drawback here is the amount of storage and number of devices that you can sync. Free users are only given 60MB of storage space and can sync up to two devices. If you need more storage space, you’ll have to get the paid plans.

                    Which app is better for improving memory and productivity?

                    The honest—and most straightforward—answer is:

                    It depends on you.

                    While Evernote and OneNote have their strengths and weaknesses, how well it will help improve productivity and memory greatly depends on what works best for you.

                    If you find that you’re able to work best and remember things more using visual cues, OneNote will be the best productivity app to use. However, if you consider the speed and ease of finding the information you need as your top priority, Evernote will be your best option.

                    Since both productivity apps have free versions, you can give both a try and see where you’re most comfortable. In the end, the right productivity app to use is one that complements the way you work and do things rather than dictating to you how you should get them done.

                    Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

                    Read Next