Throughout the ages humans have always had to keep track of things, from counting on an abacus, to remembering the milk with a post-it. The iPhone, and now the iPad, have provided us with a vast array of possible solutions for helping us to remember and stay organised.
Interestingly, one of the announcements regarding iOS 5 at the WWDC keynote was about the introduction of an integrated Reminders feature. I have to say that for general use it looks great, it even works with iCloud so that all of your devices are kept accurately updated!
As with several other native applications, Apple hasn’t come straight out and targeted the heavy power user. Instead, Apple has built what looks to be a solid and indispensable app suitable for everyone, but that leaves space for more powerful and feature-rich applications that cater for all possible needs.
Let’s take a look at some of the apps that are unlikely to feel too worried, some great solutions for keeping yourself organised!
A great mid-range To-Do application for anyone who has a craving for features. 2Do does almost anything you can think of, from location based tasks to alarm reminders and highly configurable recurrences.
I love the classic styling of the interface and the simply vast array of customisation available. It also has a variety of options for synchronisation, although none of the methods I’ve tried have been hugely successful.
Developer: Guided Ways
Things is one of the premier apps for those looking to keep their tasks in order. It has been praised highly for the simplicity of its interface and the way it allows you to focus.
The downside here is that there’s no easy way to cloud sync your tasks, it’s something that has been in the works for a long time. Fortunately for loyal Things users, iCloud may provide the solution.
Developer: Cultured Code
Much more than a task manager, Omnifocus is a powerful GTD app that provides and all-in-one solution for keeping track of your life. The price makes it only suitable for those who require the power behind its gorgeous interface.
It cloud syncs with Omnifocus for iPhone and Mac and has a development team behind it that’s always working hard to keep it ahead of the game.
Developer: The Omni group
Toodledo is one of the most popular task apps for the iPad, possibly by virtue of its low cost approach. The interface allows for customisation to fit any desired workflow.
It syncs with the Toodledo online service and offers a debatable ‘Pro’ subscription that doesn’t add a great deal of functionality.
Awesome Note HD is an app that certainly won’t be threatened by the arrival of Apple’s Reminders. It changes focus from simply keeping track of tasks or projects towards keeping all your notes and tasks together.
It sports a colourful and engaging interface and allows you to select between several custom themes for your notes. If you can’t see why your notes and tasks should be separate then give Awesome Note HD a look!
Remember The Milk is a free task app that strips the concept back to only the very essential functionality. Keeping it simple definitely has its advantages, some people swear by it!
This is one app that may suffer once Apple’s Reminders app becomes active, the extra in-app purchase required for unlimited synchronisation will look unappealing in a few months.
Developer: Remember The Milk
For anyone who loves to customise their apps Todo is a dream, it has a library of different themes available for purchase to satisfy the restless.
It takes the concept of the binder and applies it to the iPad, if you’re a fan of apps replicating a physical experience then Todo may be for you.
We reviewed Wunderlist a month of so ago and found it to be a solid free offering that has some great features that many apps charge for.
With online sync, list sharing, and integration with Windows and Mac apps, Wunderlist HD is a solid offering and definitely worth a look if you’re not set on a task management app.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What task management app do you use? Are you happy with how much it cost? Are you looking forward to Reminders – will you be switching to Apple’s own application?