Developer: Guided Ways Technologies
Price: $5.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

IMG_03182Do is a to-do app that boasts clean graphics, a great interface, and a hefty share of nifty features like adding “actions” to your tasks. Of course, any to-do app won’t serve everyone’s purposes; there are a few quirks to the app that I found annoying. Still, there are a lot of features packed into this pretty package. While I can’t vouch for the iCal syncing, the ability to add “actions” to a To-Do, Push notifications, and a great calendar setup make this one a solid to-do app with a lovely wrapper.

Creating a to-do item is easy and requires the touch of a button. On the surface, it’s a simple process: type a name, choose a calender, and then add optional settings like priority or a note. You can also include “actions”: remind yourself to call, email, text, or visit someone and then launch the corresponding iPhone app later. These settings all covers the basics of a to-do app, but many more are hidden by the “more options” button. This allows you to set alarms (push, email, or iPhone-alarms), make the to-do a recurring one (daily/weekly/monthly/yearly, or on “every given period” or on some days of the week), and attach a picture or URL to the to-do. Creating a to-do is fast…just as it should be. You don’t even have to edit the options (for example, “none” is the default due-date), so if you just want to create a simple to-do, you can. I love the balance of complex features with minimal user input necessary.

The push notifications are especially useful, though iPod Touch users should note that they only work if you have an internet connection. Once you confirm your email address, email alerts are also available. As for the recurring-note feature, this is one that many, many to-do apps struggle with. While it isn’t perfect and more flexibility would be great, at least 2Do offers this much-requested feature.

IMG_0320All of your to-do’s are collected in (surprise!) the To-Do panel. You can either view them all at once, or view one “calender” at time. Like I said earlier, your to-do’s are sorted into calenders, and each has its own tab. 2Do certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to viewing your to-do items. Tip the iPhone sideways, and you can view your tasks as a true calender in landscape mode. In portrait mode, you can sort by almost any criteria, move between calenders, and even toggle a “Focus” mode that hides all but your most pressing to-do’s. That’s not to say that the viewing methods are perfect; the calender, for example, insists on beginning each week with a Monday, which can lead to confusion.

Eye candy is everywhere. A lot of thought has been put into the user interface, and the graphics are bright, crisp, and clear…just like you’d expect from a native app. 2Do is one of the prettier 2Do apps you’ll see, and better still, it’s all extraordinarily functional.

And functionality is the most important thing of all, right? Thankfully, 2Do more than satisfies. Notifications, ease of entering tasks, and the ability to create and delete entire calenders (as well as drag and drop tasks between calenders) make it a breeze to use for a variety of tasks. You can even share to-do’s via email—though the email will contain a link that’s meant to be opened in 2Do, the core data is also transcribed in plain text. The feature list is nothing short of huge.

IMG_0323There are still some additions I’d like to see. I haven’t been able to test syncing, as 2Do currently supports Mac-only iCal. Complaints from the App Store about disastrous sync bugs are worrisome, though unconfirmed. I would love to have a Windows- or web-based option (Google Calender, anyone?). 2Do also needs a calender that starts on Sunday every week, landscape-based text entry and note creation, and the ability to use tags—current calenders function like folders, not tags, so each item can only be placed in one calender. The good news? The developers continue to update 2Do, and the next update promises tags, projects & checklists, and Outlook sync.

Even with my minor complaints, 2Do is still an excellent to-do app. It’s clean, functional, and packed with more features than you probably need. One quick thing worth noting: this is definitely a to-do app, and not a note-taking app; everything is optimized for to-do’s and it’s just not cut out for storing notes. (If you want a hybrid app, I recommend Awesome Note.) But for a pure to-do app, 2Do is great, and it’s a worthy competitor to other popular apps on the store.

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