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To get noticed these days, a to-do app needs a hook. Whether it's a unique concept or a clever method of motivation, developers entering the task-manager game can't rely on minimal interfaces or clean organization to rise up the App Store rankings. Life Graphy certainly understands how to set itself apart from the crowd. A totally original take on the to-do list that reimagines productivity for the digital age, this fascinating app defies conventions, but doesn't quite take advantage of its own strengths.
In a nutshell, Life Graphy breaks your life down into daily pie charts. Each day, you'll see a circle with up to six segments, each representing a different thing to do. As tasks are completed, the empty pieces are filled, giving you a quick snapshot of what needs to get done before the day is up. Tiny icons help quickly identify which tasks are still incomplete, and three views — year, month, and day — show you just how much you've accomplished.
Life Graphy is on to something here, but it misses an opportunity to really be great. We absolutely loved the concept and the interface, but the developers didn't put enough thought into how people would actually use it. It's clearly meant to be a daily planner, but there's an odd focus on monotonous habits — examples in the app are taking vitamins or quitting smoking — that makes it a little frustrating to use as a standard to-do app.
It won't take much to fix, but needless limitations hamper the concept, starting with its six-task limit. But our biggest problem was the lack of control over recurring tasks; many of the things we repeatedly do are either monthly (paying bills) or weekly (dropping the kids off at day care), but there's no way to set staggered tasks. We also would have appreciated the ability to color-code tasks to make them easier to differentiate, and we found many of the dialogue boxes to be confusingly worded, likely due to a wonky translation from the developer’s native Korean.
The bottom line. Life Graphy hits a home run with its concept, but execution missteps detract from what should be a groundbreaking experience.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Original, inspired concept. Clever interface embraces its uniqueness. Good log of completed tasks.
Little control over recurring tasks. Limit of six daily tasks. No color coding. Strange wording of dialogue boxes.