To do list apps are handy virtual assistants that help us create and manage our tasks and notes easily and remind us when we need to get something done on time. Google Play has plenty of apps competing with each other for attention and into this crowded space comes another app called TickTick - Todo & Task List that claims to be a simple app with cross platform capabilities that can help you organize your life in an easier way. We take the app for a spin to see if its good enough to compete with existing apps in the market.
TickTick – Todo & Task List App Review
The first good thing about TickTick is that its a free app that can be downloaded from Google Play.
Once the download is complete, you can launch the app and start creating your tasks. The Ui is pretty plain, resembling Facebook in its color scheme. At the top left of the screen is a three lined menu where you can access all your to dos, your tasks for the day, your Inbox, and Lists.
At the top right of the screen is the Sync button that will sync your tasks and to dos across all platforms including the web, Android, and iOS. The + button is what you hit when you want to start creating your tasks. The 3 dotted vertical menu hold further options to hide, search, or send items.
The best way to get started with TickTick is to sign up for a free account. You can use your Google, Twitter, or Facebook credentials to get started. Once you sign up, you will receive a few introductary greetings from the TickTick team and one of them is a handy list of features that you can try out.
Creating tasks in TickTick is pretty easy. Just hit the + button, enter your task and select a due date for the task from the top menu. You can further tap on the date to set a time and date or as a recurring task. If you want to prioritize the task, just select an option from the exclamation menu.
One of the cool features of TickTick is that you can tell the app to alert you in advance of your task completion time. It also tells you that reminders won't work with certain apps such as when you use 360 Security and what you need to do to make it work. Nice touch!
By default, you have a couple of lists in TickTick; Family and Work and they make a lot of sense as you can intuitively segment your to do activities into one of the two lists and balance out your work-personal tasks rather nicely.
What You Can Do with TickTick
Here's what TickTick can help you accomplish in its friendly interface:
- Set repeating tasks for your activities.
- Set reminders to complete your to dos ahead of time.
- Use widgets to access tasks from your Home screen.
- Sort lists by dragging and dropping.
- Drag and drop items into the calendar to set due dates
- Create shopping lists easily using checklists and break them down into smaller sub tasks
- Share tasks with family members
- Set priorities for various tasks
- Use Google Now to voice input your tasks
- Create to dos by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Add attachments, comments, and locations to tasks
TickTick is pretty good at keeping task creation and management simple and straightforward. Power users can make use of the unobtrusive advanced functionality, which is nicely hidden but yet easily accessible. In fact, you can subscribe to the Pro version ($1.99/month or $19.99/year) if you want more features like first access to the new features, if you want to track revision history of tasks, or if you want to plan your agenda in the calendar.
Is Good At
Simple, clean UI with only necessary buttons showing up
Speedy, seamless performance
Task creation is easy as it is well integrated with Google Now voice commands?
Very easy or organize tasks using drag and drop and sort them by order/date/name/priority
Easy to set task priorities, recurring tasks and reminders
Has well thought out options to customize notes such as the ability to add locations, tags, attachments, checklists and more and they are available only when needed
Offers intuitive options to share tasks with others..family, coworkers etc
Supports cross platform capabilities so you always have access to your tasks and to dos no matter where you are working from
Room for Improvement
Some users may find the UI pale, lacklustre and boring
In my use of TickTick, I found the app to be extremely user friendly and speedy with no performance or sync issues. The app interface is rather plain and simple but don't be fooled by its appearance. It is packed with plenty of useful features that are well knitted into the app. In fact, working with the app feels so natural that you actually find yourself doing more in less time. TickTick could easily be the best alternative to anyone who finds Google Keep lacking or Evernote overstuffed.
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