iPhone App Review: Primo Do

iPhone App Review: Primo Do

August 16th, 2011 by

Since Apple is apparently allergic to including an actual to-do list in iOS, we’re all left to our own devices to figure out how to remain organized and stay on task. A new app from Scirocco Consultants called Primo Do tries to fill that gap with a full-featured to-do list that includes the standard features one would expect (tags, folders, recurrence) as well as adding a few new ideas into the mix (like a calendar view for tasks and a pie chart).

How It Works

The app starts up with a basic screen that you know and love from other to-do list apps. You have in one big list a link to your Inbox (tasks due today or overdue), Next (for tasks due in the next week), Goals (for recurring goals and tasks), and All Tasks. Tasks are assigned to those top four folders automatically based on their due date. Below those four are a few included basic folders (Home, Work, School), as well as whatever custom folders you create. You must assign tasks to these manually.

The app behaves as expected in these basic areas: you create a new task and give it a due date, assign it to a folder and give it tags (both optional), enter notes on the task, set a reminder alert, recurrence period, etc. Primo Do has every feature you would expect of a full-featured to-do list app.

The settings screen includes tons of ways to customize the app. Pick from several color themes, choose your startup screen, choose which tasks appear on the badge; adjust the “next” list period, recurrence behavior, even set a passcode lock.

The calendar view screen allows you to tap on a date and see a list below the calendar of tasks due on that date. You can also view tasks by tag, by list, or search for something specific. The pie chart view is a nice way to visualize your tasks and see at a glance how many are due, over due, done, or are done but we done late.

Pros And Cons

Primo Do really doesn’t have any particular faults in terms of its behavior as a to-do list or organizational app. It’s easy to create tasks, create new lists, add tags to tasks, and the app has several different ways to visualize your list of things to get done. The pie chart itself is a little less useful than the other views, but it doesn’t break anything and could be a useful tool for some to see their tasks on one screen in a colorful chart form rather than a boring list. The calendar view is nice and shows a dot on the days on the calendar where you have at least one task due.

The only missing feature from Primo Do is some form of syncing feature, which would help you use the app from multiple devices (iPhone/iPad) and ensure ease of switching to a new device, as well as backing up all of your tasks. The app may back itself up through iTunes sync, but that is a time-consuming process that a lot of people simply don’t bother with. A cloud sync solution ensures that if anything catastrophic happens to your device (or a careless future update wipes the database) you have a backup ready to download at a moment’s notice.

Overall

Primo Do is a fantastic to-do list application that does everything the other apps do, does them very well, and adds in a couple new features that make this not just another copycat task list. The full version is $4.99, and there is a free, full-featured version (limited to five undone tasks) that you can try out too.

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