Aug 16, 2010
GTasks, by developer Dato, is my favorite To-do list app. In the shadow of the ever-popular Astrid, GTasks is an unsung hero. Why? First, because it’s simple. Face it, if it’s over-complicated, you won’t use it. Astrid is too complicated. Second, it syncs with Google flawlessly. Astrid can’t.
Did you know that Google has an integrated to-do list in Google Calendar? It’s great for people like me, who need to write at the top of their list, “#1 – DO NOT LOSE THIS LIST.” Gtasks syncs with Google calendar in two directions; allows you to organize your lists into categories, and the colors, categories, and more will all show up in your Google calendar page. I’ve found it very helpful to have my to-do lists in several places, instead of only on my phone, or vice-versa.
In-app, you can set ring tone reminders, create individual tasks, or categories of lists. You can change the name, color, and order of your lists. With the simple swipe of a finger, you can scroll between the categories, and quickly pull up what you’re supposed to be doing next.
The widgets are good-looking, and flexible at two different sizes, but aren’t really more than a window to display your to-do list. If you tap on the widget, it simply opens the app. The sharing options are a little weak, and as of now, it’s impossible to export an entire list of to-do’s.
I was shocked that this app hadn’t been created by Google’s labs first, but so far, Dato has beaten them to it. The free version is full-featured, and the ads are far from intrusive. If you decide to purchase the Ad-Free version, it’s $6.99, which is far more expensive than it should be. This is a to-do list app, not a “guaranteed to get you a date for tonight” app. But none the less, if you find to-do lists invaluable to your daily routine, GTasks is the best so far.