Developer: Appigo
Price: $9.99
Version Reviewed: 1.6

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★★
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Appigo Todo is a task management app. Its streamlined user interface includes the ability to tag todo items as well as give each its own context. It offers robust search and filtering and several synchronization options. It also includes tight integration with Appigo Notebook, a note taking app available from the same author.

Appigo Todo adds a number of options to task management that are welcome. For example, you can assign multiple tags to tasks as well as set a context, which is a keyword, to each of them. This gives you multiple criteria you can filter by, so you can for instance view all of the tasks with the tags “sky” and “water” and the context “california”. If you had other tasks with the tags “sky” and “water” but their context was, let’s say, “new mexico” or “arizona,” those tasks wouldn’t be displayed. This provides some real flexibility to the way you organize your tasks.

Todo also has a streamlined interface, and most actions take fewer taps than competing task management apps. Editing a task, for example, only requires you to tap on it and then tap the field you want to edit, make the change, then save the change, and finally save the task. That’s four taps compared to Cultured Code’s Things, where it takes six taps to perform the same action. An additonal time saving feature is accessed via the quick add button, which allows you to add a task with just two taps.

Todo not only syncs with the free online service Toodledo, but also with the subscription based online service Remember the Milk. A beta is also currently in progress for Appigo Sync, which can sync tasks to iCal on Mac OS X. Todo also integrates with another iPhone app by the same author, Appigo Notebook. This allows you to take any task in Todo and create a note from it in Notebook, or, when you’re using Notebook and want to create a task based on a note, you can easily do that too.

Todo has additional organization options in the form of lists. First, there are the built-in lists “All,” “Focus,” and “Inbox”. While “All” shows all tasks by default, it can be customized to only show tasks from certain lists. “Inbox” is the list all new tasks default to, but “Focus” is a customizable list that can show you the most important tasks that you need to pay attention to. You can create other lists, and each task can be assigned to its own list.

While the author has intentions to offer synchronization for Windows users, with the possibility of letting one sync with Microsoft Outlook, right now the only option for Windows users are to sync tasks online. The only other quibble I have with Appigo Todo is that initially the user interface can seem a bit daunting. It has a lot of options, and other task management apps, like Things, for instance, seem simpler and more elegant.

If you rely on task management to get things done, you won’t go wrong with Appigo Todo. The fact that it offers a variety of synchronization options, and that some of them are free of charge, really makes it compelling. Its tight integration with Appigo Notebook is exciting for anyone who uses their iPhone for notes, and its efficient user interface and vast array of options makes it a really powerful tool for even the most demanding user.

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