Accomplist Review

Our Review by Angela LaFollette on April 9th, 2013
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It’s a task management app that provides users with many different techniques to stay organized, but it still feels like it needs more to make it stand out from its competitors.

Developer: Appsolutelee
Price: $1.99
Version: 2.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

There seems to be a productivity app that suits everyone’s needs, but there are few that actually combine many different organizational methods into one location. Accomplist is among the handful of apps that provides users with flexibility by giving them a variety of options to stay organized in order to accomplish their goals, but it may not be enough to convince some to stop using their current task management app.

To get started, users just type in their task description and press enter to add it. Gestures are used to interact with the app. Users can swipe to mark the task as done, double tap on a task tag to edit it, long press on a row to drag and reorder tasks and even tap to add tasks to a focus list.

Each task has an icon to help users stay organized. The due-date is displayed by a single red calendar date icon whereas a calendar icon with a green date shows that the task has been completed. One of the greatest features is the ability to use bulk mode by tapping on the arrow button to perform actions on selected items all at the same time like deleting, moving and emailing.

It may take a little while to find an organization method that works best. There are many ways to manage tasks like projects and lists that can include sub-lists and sub-tasks, an option to repeat scheduling and tags and smart tags to organize tasks more efficiently. I found myself swayed toward using tags and sub-lists to stay as detailed as possible since I was entering many tasks into the app. I also enjoyed that users can create a parallel list which can be completed in any order or a sequential list which requires one task to be completed before another one is started.

While the user interface is bright and colorful, the app could benefit from utilizing more real estate space. The spiral notebook clipart on the left seems unnecessary and distracting and it comes too close to the text at times. Another minor issue is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to import data from other software or through a desktop companion app.

All in all, Accomplist is off to a great start with its recent update that allows synchronization with Accomplist Cloud, automatic backup of data and time zone dependent tasks. Unfortunately, it’s not universal but there is a separate iPad app for those who wish to use the larger screen. If current task management apps fail to provide enough flexibility to stay organized, Accomplist may be worth the download. Some may still have a hard time being persuaded to use it over other time management apps, as it needs something more to make it stand out from competitors.

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