Developer: Sleeping Giant Apps
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Visual appeal is important with any app. Considering the all round stylishness of the iPad and iPhone, plain and basic looking apps just don’t quite fit the bill for many, especially when factoring in the price a person is willing to pay for something. The makers of HQ: To Do clearly got this as it’s as attractive to look at as it is to use.

It’s hard to make a To Do list app look exciting but HQ: To Do does a sound job of it. Adaptable to many different scenarios, it’s a tool that will become commonplace for many productivity focused people.

From the outset, it’s easy to add a task. A tap on Add New project and relevant options come up, covering task name, due date, whether a notification is required, its priority and a color to make it easy to spot. Color coding can be adjusted according to the user’s needs and wants with a choice of five.

Once the information has been entered, the home page of the app displays the core components, namely the due date and any notes. Most interesting is the percentage completion. Within each project, the user can add individual tasks which then correlate to the amount of the project completed. It’s a useful touch, especially for those with complex tasks at hand who need to keep track of numerous different sections of an issue.

Besides the Projects section is the Lists side of thing which lends itself neatly to something like a shopping list or present buying list. In the case of lists, the due date is removed but the all important percentage bar remains.

Swiping plays a useful role, offering delete and completion options as well as filtering, throughout both sections of the app. That’s what works so well for HQ: To Do. It’s quick and very easy to use.

While I’d have liked the option to set completed projects to automatically go to the done side of the app and Universal functionality, everything else within HQ: To Do is pretty ideal. Smart and useful, this is a productivity app that’s going to stick around on many users’ iPhones.

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