App Review: Any.DO–Hands On

Any.Do-Task-Management App Review

This is the ninth and final review in our App Quest to find the best task-management app series.

OVERVIEW

Any.DO has become a task-management hit on Android in just over six months since it has been released. And just yesterday, the makers of Any.DO released an iPhone app and a Chrome extension with a web app on it’s way.  This little todo app is elegant in its simplicity with just the right amount of features to make this a very useful todo app.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In our quest to find the best task-management app, we set the following six criteria:

  • Must be ubiquitous: web app, iPad app, and Android app–with sync.
  • Must be easy to use.
  • Must have reminders: email and SMS.
  • Must have the ability to create recurring tasks.
  • Must be inexpensive or free.
  • Must have an attractive and intuitive interface.

With the momentum that Any.DO is bringing to the task-app world, how does it compare in our App Quest to find the best task-management app out there. Let’s take a look!

Must be ubiquitous: web app, iPad app, and Android app–with sync.

Any.DO-Available Apps

This is the todo app that I want to love, but prior to yesterday, I knew it wouldn’t stack up being only an Android app. But just yesterday, the Any.DO team released an iPhone app and a Chrome extension and promise to release a web app soon. Using both the Chrome extension and the Android app, I found the sync to be automatic and instantaneous. There is no iPad app and I’m still waiting on the web app, but they’re on the right track.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Must be easy to use.

Any.DO is extremely easy to use with absolutely no learning curve. The interface is simple and intuitive, using subtle animations and drag-and-drop capabilities that make using the app a true pleasure.

Any.DO-Add a Task

To add a task simply type in the input box or use the microphone to say your new task. Within the Chrome extension, click the + sign next to time frame in which you want to add the task.

Any.DO-Task Options
Any.DO-Set Priority
Any.DO-Choose Folder
Any.DO-Add a Note

Click on the task to set its priority, add it to a folder, set a reminder, or add a note.

Any.DO-Complete Task
Any.DO-Delete Completed Task

To complete a task, click on the gray checkmark. Click on it again to reinstate it. Click on the X while you hover over it to remove a completed task or click the garbage-can icon at the top of the app to clear all completed tasks.

Any.DO-Folders

You can create new folders for your tasks by clicking on the folder icon and then clicking on the New Folder link.

Any.DO-Edit/Delete Folder

To edit or delete a folder, click on a task and the folder icon and click on the pencil icon to edit or the X next to the folder name to delete it.

Any.DO-Rearrange Tasks

Want to rearrange your tasks, simply drag and drop them to where you want them to go.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. Simple and intuitive.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Must have reminders: email and SMS.

Any.DO-Reminders

Reminders are easily set within all platforms of Any.DO; however, all of the reminders are limited to in-app notifications or mobile notifications. There are no reminders via email or SMS. This is another seemingly basic feature that many of the apps we’ve reviewed lack. Hopefully, Any.DO will consider adding at least email reminders.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Must have the ability to create recurring tasks.

Any.DO does have the ability to create recurring tasks, but unfortunately this is only possible within the mobile versions of the app. I’m not sure why such a basic feature is left out of the web app. It’s frustrating when working on your computer, having to go back to your phone to schedule a recurring task. Hopefully the Any.DO team will be working on this ASAP.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Must be inexpensive or free.

Any.DO-Free App

As for right now, Any.DO and it’s mobile apps are 100% free. There don’t seem to be any ads in the mobile app or in the Chrome extension, so I’m not sure what their business model is, but for now, the apps are free with no limitations.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Must have an attractive and intuitive interface.

Any.DO-Interface

Any.DO has managed to maintain their original Android look in their Chrome extension and iPhone app. It’s wonderfully simple, with either a white background with blue highlights or a black background with white highlights. The app is super simple to use with its main screen displaying your tasks within “Today,” “Tomorrow,” “This Week,” or “Later” headers depending on the due dates set. The interface is functional and effective, as well as attractive.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Any.DO is a great little todo app with much potential. We’re still waiting on the web app, but until then we have the original Android app, an iPhone app, and a Chrome extension to keep us busy. Any.DO has all the functionality one could want in a simple and intuitive interface that makes managing one’s tasks easy and fun. Hopefully the Any.DO team will add the email/SMS reminder functionality as well as the ability to create recurring tasks in the Chrome extension. Doing so would make this a perfect app.

Have you been using Any.DO? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author

Scott BenedictScott Benedict is a high-school teacher addicted to tech. He's also addicted to Apple, having owned multiple iPods, an original iPad, a 15" PowerBook, and currently owns a 17" MacBook Pro, 13" MacBook Air, and an iPad 2. Not a total Apple Fanboy, he also loves Android sporting a Samsung Epic 4G Touch, an Amazon Kindle Fire for his nightly reading, and an HP Touchpad because WebOS is cool.View all posts by Scott Benedict →