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Droplist really wants to be the go-to to-do app on your iPhone. Each time it’s launched, an inspirational quote beckons you inside, encouraging you to not only make lists, but actually accomplish some of the things you’ve written. It’s so friendly and cheerful, you might feel guilty closing it.
But even without the deep thoughts, I wouldn’t be scrambling to delete Droplist from my iPhone. Clean and minimal without a skeuomorphic element to be found, there’s an understated elegance to its interface and a deceptive simplicity that belies its feature set: folders, drag-and-drop tasks, and a viewable weekly calendar. And that’s all without using the extra half-inch on iPhone 5’s screen, as of this review. Activities can be added by either selecting a date or folder (Work or Personal by default, but you can create as many as you wish), and gently pulling down on the main window. Tasks arranged by date are visible at a glance -- a nice improvement over iCal’s dot system -- and if there’s a character limit, I couldn’t reach it.
With a name like Droplist, I expected some sort of Dropbox integration (there isn't any), but I quickly learned that the name is literal, meaning you can drop activities on folders to keep things neat and organized. Tapping and holding a task lets you grab it and move it into a new folder or date; once an activity is "lifted," however, there’s no animation to simulate dragging, so it took a few times to realize when I was actually doing something. Once I got the hang of it, however, it was fairly effortless. Tasks can be prioritized and alerts are easy to set, but I hope to see the addition of location-aware reminders and perhaps iCloud synchronization in a future update.
The bottom line. Droplist doesn't really do anything new in the to-do department, but it certainly feels like it does.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later
Elegant interface. Powerful organization and customization. Full in-app calendar.
No cloud support. Reminders not location-aware. Somewhat confusing drag-and-drop interface.