iPhone App Review: Things

iPhone App Review: Things

April 28th, 2009 by

There are many “To-Do” apps in the iTunes Store but known as graphically appealing, none more user friendly than that of the critically acclaimed iPhone App, Things.

When you first take a glance at the App without opening it you will notice the icon. This is probably the most important feature to an app for me, in the sense that if the author takes the time to create a great looking icon you know it will be an amazing app. Fine attention to detail searching pixel by pixel; Adding gradients where they seem fit and color scheming are true signs that the author cares about what he/she does and the product they are creating is worth our time.

Opening the app a consumer will see 7 tabs, which include: Inbox, Today, Next, Scheduled, Someday, Projects, and Logbook. Each tab or category has a specific purpose in that it will help you get organized, from your top priority to your lowest they will get the job done.

The inbox is one of my favorites. Say your running down main street and you remember that you need to buy some more shampoo for your Aunt Bertha who is coming down from Phoenix, Arizona. Well open up the app and add it quickly to your list; so that way you can spend more time with that good old aunt you haven’t seen in years for a number of reasons (I won’t blame you for forgetting to buy it for her on accident).

things_homeNext in this plethora of organization goodness is a clump of categories that are similar in purpose but at the same time keep you scheduled and on task. Today is one of them, it is a complete list of things you want to accomplish… well today. All due items that you have added with the current date will be found there. Next is next which is a list of things you want to do as soon as you get to them. The scheduled category is for all the to-dos that you want to start on a later date. And lastly is the someday box for your bright ideas like what you want to achieve in the future.

The Projects tab is probably the most intuitive of the bunch. Here you can add a project by tapping the add button on the bottom left hand corner. You will then be prompted to enter in the name of your next project. After you have completed the first step it will take you back to the main projects area and you will see your new addition at the top of the list. You can enter into it and start creating a list of things you need to do to finish the project.

There are not too many negatives with this app that really scream CHANGE. But if I were the developer I would most likely give the user more freedom in placing where your to-do goes and so forth. Another thing is the price.. I don’t mind spending a few bucks for a decent app but $10 dollars is a screaming deal for what you will be receiving.

Overall this app is one of in my opinion the greatest iPhone Apps in the store. I know that is a bold statement but it does hold it’s own compared to all of the other “to-dos”. So in the vast midst of average and slightly less than amazing to-do apps comes a new giant, Things.

Things was developed by Cultured Code and can be purchased in iTunes store for $9.99

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  • Erin

    It's a beautiful app, but for a person like me who is chronically forgetful, it lacks the key feature I want: Push notifications. Why on earth wouldn't they include this? 2Do might not be as fancy looking, but it has Push AND it syncs perfectly with iCal/BusyCal. I'd love to switch to Things, but I'd probably never remember to check my to-do list, therefore I'd never get anything done.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rharrison rharrison

    I am trying to find an app that will immitate what Memo does in the Palm OS environment. I have found it easy to migrate my Todos from my old Palm to my new iPhone but I haven't had any success with my Memos ( called Notes in the Outlook environment)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ZachSDK ZachSDK

    You have two options.. create a new project and add groceries under the project. Or just create them with inbox and delete later

  • Mustang

    How would a grocery list work with Things?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jason.lazzara Jason Lazzara

      Best way to do it would be an Area of Responsibility.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ZachSDK ZachSDK

    Thanks Erntheng for the suggestion!

  • erntheng

    Try Ultimate To-Do's if you're on a tighter budget. It's only going at 99 cents, and has more or less all the functions a to-do app really needs. What more it syncs with toodledo.com. I can't see how Things/Todo can beat this app in terms of value-for-money!

  • ZachSDK

    Yea Todo is another AMAZING app. To tell you the truth I had to pick between the two. It took me forever.. But I decided on Things just like I chose my iMac. I am more attracted beauty and brawn and power, and I guess this translates into my app preferences. I don't mind tapping three times compared to 1 just as long as it get's the job done it's all fine with me. So it's all based on preference. Todo is an awesome app, but if it were up to me Things would win it all. 🙂

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jjmancini jjmancini

    ZachSDK – Have you tried out ToDo by appigo? I like and use things because of the Mac version. But what I do not like about Things is that it takes three taps when it should take one. Even when entering tags on a new todo.
    1) Tap new todo icon
    2) Enter the todo
    3) Tap show details
    4) Tap Tags
    5) Tap the tags you want
    6) Tap save
    7) Tap save again…
    This to me is just a lot of tapping to enter tags. With ToDo, they have a quick entry, where you:
    1) Tap the quick todo
    2) Enter ToDo
    3) Tap Save
    That's it!

    Now like I said, I AM a Things fan, because of the mac desktop version. I like the iPhone app too for many of the same reasons that you reviewed about above. But have you noticed that same time difference in inputting tasks if you have ever compared it to appigo's ToDo? Just wanted your thoughts…

  • quigonpaj

    Does the app offer categories for to-dos? Does it sync with outlook?

    I love the idea of today/next/scheduled/someday for general stuff, but I rely heavily on my categories within outlook and the iPod app that syncs with it. For example, I have a running list of grocery items, books to read, movies to see, and songs to buy that would make my list far too cluttered if included with everything else, or with each other. I’ve got to have an app with categories as a result.

    All the same, as I said, the design of Things is really innovative and intuitive.

    • ZachSDK

      There isn't a set area for the categories but what you could do is in the Project area create a new tab. For example if you wanted a Grocery List just name it "Grocery List" And add it. then add your list of groceries and there you go… instant categories. But if you are looking for a sync with Outlook that is not going to happen. The Cultured Code company has "Things" for mac but it cost 50 dollars. So if your a big spender than this app isn't for you.

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