We've got a couple of dueling top-shelf calendar apps on sale this week, so pick your team and run with it if you want something that puts Apple's stock calendar app to shame. But wait, there's more! We've also got dueling price chops on to-do apps, note taking apps that let you write on the screen, and even competing maps of the constellations. It's an ultimate app price drop showdown this week, so to arms, to arms! And to the App Store!
When the App Store first launched, many developers made their dubious mark with tip calculators and fart apps, which eventually paved the way for more useful (but no less ubiquitous) to-do list apps ranging from utterly useless to absolutely awesome. The paid follow-up to a popular original, Checkmark 2 falls on the higher end of that scale, mostly because of how it intelligently uses geolocation data to create more useful reminders. The sequel also debuts a new Lists feature for organizing to-do items in a more traditional fashion.
As our iPhones have matured, so have our apps. What used to be a sea of simple utilities with very mobile mindsets has evolved into a rich landscape of powerful tools, which continue to amaze us with what can be accomplished on a 4-inch screen. Zippy is the sort of app that shows us just how far our devices have come. As a basic to-do manager, it does its job well enough for a recommendation, but developer Amit Wadhawan embraces the power and modernism of iOS 7 to pump a little pizzazz into the stale concept and put it over the top.
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.
Holy smokes, y'all, we have a bigger than usual Price Drop column this week as there were just too many great apps from big names in iOS that we couldn't stop. If there are apps you've been looking to buy but have been waiting for a sale, well, your ship has come in, kiddos. Get 'em while they're hot, fresh and cheap.
Our productivity folders are filled with apps we once loved: Pretty utilities with minimal interfaces and slick navigation that were quickly supplanted by the next great to-do app. Tasky+ comes awfully close to being that next great option. Built around a concept that's as smart as it is simple, the to-do and reminders app combines intuitive gestures with brisk date recognition that strips your life down to the moments that matter.
A better you. We all dream of it, but it’s hard. Maybe that’s why it stays just a dream for some of us. Well, now you have a friend on your side to coach you along, to help you get more organized, smarter, more productive, fitter, and just better all around. That friend is your iPhone, and there are apps for that.
Every new to-do app that hits the App Store claims to be innovative. Most manage to put their own spin on things with a fresh interface or a clever concept, but for the most part they're all pretty much interchangeable, no matter how much we may favor one over the other. Tick breaks the mold. There are no new methods here – it's still just a place to keep your many lists – but Taphive has designed a unique interface built for speed and organization that puts the app in a class by itself.
All day long, our phones tell us what to do. Even before we turn them on each morning, a constant stream of badges, banners, and alerts keeps us apprised of our appointments and deadlines, pestering us with so much information that it becomes all too easy to tune it out. Begin attempts to cut through the clutter with a unique take on the to-do list. Instead of collecting tasks and prompting you when a due date is near, Begin boils your life down into 48-hour chunks. By focusing only on what you're doing today and tomorrow, it might actually help you accomplish something.
The iPad is built for multitasking, but Apple's idea of it can be somewhat limiting. The ability to quickly switch between apps is nice, but what we're really waiting for is a Dashboard-style environment for widgets; if not to truly multitask, then at least to access our important data at a glance. Morning is a bit like a stripped-down version of Status Board, sporting a set of panels that present the information you need to start your day without jumping around to a bunch of different apps. It looks great, with bold fonts, bright color themes, and crisp graphics, but ultimately its interface is just too simplistic to be taken seriously.