Apple’s Reminders has been put under some fire lately with all the new tasks apps that out simplify it. My most recent reviewed tasks app, Clear, proved to have the interface, but lacked the features, let alone the price. Well, Any.DO, another minimalistic tasks app takes the challenge of creating a todo app that will outdo Reminders while keeping the same simplistic styles of Clear but have the same price tag as Reminders.
Any.DO is a feature packed app that tries to do everything, and in many cases it does. Not only that, it does it well. To start off, Any.Do offers users two quick ways to enter in new tasks. Users have a choice of either the dictation feature, or typing. Either way, it’s quick and painless. The dictation is accurate, but not 100% perfect while the text prediction helps production. You spend less time entering in tasks and more time doing them; this is how it should be.
Whether you use dictation or type it in the old fashioned way, it’s quick and painless.
The app proves to become the king of options as everything given to you has options behind it. This includes organization. Users also have two choices to organize their tasks. They can either view their tasks in a chronological view or view them in the folders. New folders can be created in the options menu. I wish that they would allow users to reorganize folders however as this isn’t possible in the current version. Reorganizing tasks, moving them from folders or to new dates is as simple as a tap, hold, and drag.
You have two ways to organize your todo list, chronological and by folder.
Each task has 3 additional options as well. Priority can be set, this doesn’t move the task to the top of the list, instead, it glows red. To keep things simple, Any.DO only offers two priorities, of priority and not of priority, simple enough. If users seek a notification to do the assigned task, Any.DO has them covered as well. Additional notes can be added to tasks to clarify further or attach something like a grocery list to it.
If you need to go further and set reminders or notes, you are free to do so. Same goes for setting a higher priority.
Do you need to gloat about how taskful you’re being? Well, Any.DO does have a feature that allows you to share through social media. Quite frankly, I don’t see the use of it, but it’s there if you want it.
Any.DO is all a for bloating about how productive you are being; share away your tasks.
Simplicity has become the main focus of many of the newer todo apps. Many of the ones prior to Clear really had menus after menus after menus. Clear created an intuitive way to do menus, Any.DO tried their best to remove them. By reducing the navigation to one main screen, Any.DO really created a beautiful, yet intuitive interface that just worked. Instead of dealing with menus, you can just get down to work.
There is a landscape mode in this app that just looks beautiful.
That’s not to say there are no menus however. There are actually 2 or 3 depending on how you count them. One small popup allows you to change organization while the third menu is your options. In there, you’ll find that there are two themes to Any.DO, a light theme and a dark theme.
Any.DO did their best to remove all menus possible. This results in an simpler navigation.
Controls are gesture based, like Clear, but there is no pinch to navigate or expand to create. Drags, holds, taps, shakes, and swipes allow you to get through everything in Any.DO. It’s really beautiful in its own way. The control mechanisms used in Any.DO feel just as natural as they do in Clear. Gesture control is definitely going to pave the way into the future.
From the drag to the swipe, the controls have an extremely small learning curve.
The app states there is audio in the settings menu, but there is no sound. I don’t know if this is a bug, or if it’s going to be an upcoming feature, regardless, there is no sound. Normally I wouldn’t take off for an app that didn’t have any sound, especially one like this. A bug is a bug though, and it needs to be fixed. So I think a half star deduction for teasing us with a promise of audio is fair.
There is an audio control in Any.DO, but no audio, they are such a tease!
This app trumps what Reminders ever could be. It offers every single feature Reminders gave, but expands to go even further. With some useless features that it could show off like social media, it also touts the core features it has that outdoes the rest. These core features are really all you’ll ever need. They have improved upon just about every single feature offered in Reminders. They have even managed to make entering new tasks a breeze with voice dictation as well as predictive typing.
The app is… Wait for it… FREE! I think that should be enough to sum up this section, but let’s take a look at what you get for the low price of free. You get features that outdo, outnumber, and improve upon every single one in Reminders. You get an interface that works as well, and is as intuitive, as Clear. Additionally, you get web integration. Everything is integrated into the cloud. You can view everything by navigating to www.any.do. Its web support is in tested (and not available to the public), but there is a Chrome extension. I haven’t tested either. The main point of this is that you get all of this for free.
It has all the features that Reminders does. It adds features and improves upon others as well. It has a beautiful interface that is at the level of Clear and just works. It is Any.DO. The free task managing app that plans to trump them all, and in many aspects, it really does. If it didn’t tease with its missing audio, I’d be an extremely happy camper.