I write a monthly column over atÂ AlliOSNews. Itâ€™s a techie site â€“ extolling all the goodies and gunpowder on the Apple OS. (SHINY TOY!) Iâ€™m TechMom. And these are my stories on how technology is really used. When I remember…
(Iâ€™m well aware itâ€™s Wednesday. If you want TechMom Tuesday on Tuesdays, head on over toÂ AlliOSNewsÂ for all things Apple. TechMom Tuesday is typically published the first Tuesday of every month; last month I forgot. So this month I reviewed reminders. I reserve the right to rant more or less as the technical goings-on, wellâ€¦go on.)
Did you miss me in February? (In my defense you did get two TechMom Tuesday posts in January.)
Nevertheless, it is with a heartfelt apology that I shall now regale you with my thoughts on Apple Reminders. (Because I totally could have used a reminder for the last TechMom post. And since weâ€™re airing confessions â€“ Iâ€™m writing this right now because a reminder just buzzed at me from my shiny iPhone 5 toy.)
Iâ€™ve been trying to go paperless for a while now. Between the terrific toddling twosome creating confetti out of receipts and other important papers and my giant dogs who seem to believe pulped paper products are a culinary delicacy, the precariously placed post-its werenâ€™t cutting it any longer.
Also, I was forgetting things.
Managing my tasks as work (SHOCKINGLY, I am not a professional full-time blogger), tracking family commitments, remembering doctors appointments, calendaring my blogging exploits, random to-dos, a shared honey-do list, the grocery store checklist indicating whether or not weâ€™re out of Cheerios, and of course noting the movies that my friends seem to be so incredulous that I havenâ€™t yet seen. (Who am I? Where are we?)
I needed something that would ideally encompass all of the above in one fabulous app.
And Apple Reminders is a standard app on all my iDevices (and my MacBook, but I couldnâ€™t figure out a clever iPhrase for that one).
- It reminded me of stuff to do.
- Integrates with Outlook tasks for work purposes. (I couldnâ€™t test Apple Mail notes, because, well â€“ that died.
- I can share lists. And everyone with an iPhone already has the app. (Honeyâ€¦Iâ€™ve got a great idea! Also, Clinton can cull my crazy ideas long before theyâ€™re threatening to go live on the AlliOSNews site.)
- I am restricted to one folder (â€œTasksâ€) for my work tasks.
- If you arenâ€™t a complete Apple shop, you miss out on desktop access â€“ which could be a pretty big pain for work items.
- There is very little space for in-depth notes about the task.
- Can you see my shopping list? Weâ€™re out of toddler snacks AND wine! (APOCOLYPSE NOW!)
Overall, Reminders is okay. Itâ€™s not great; I donâ€™t think it sucks.
It served its purpose â€“ blinking up reminders of the items I entered in. However, Reminders very much works best as a straight series of lists, not a comprehensive life organizer.
Now, because I know â€œmehâ€ isnâ€™t really a review you can do much with, Iâ€™ve gone a step further to look at some of the other productivity apps available.
If Reminders is just to basic for you, check out WunderList.
Itâ€™s a free (highly rated) app that syncs across all your devices â€“ including a Web portal and PC desktop plan â€“ and also sharable provided your desired share-ee also has the app.
With a more comprehensive notes section as well as sub-tasks you can enter, WunderList is a much cleaner option for paperless life task organization.
If only one of the apps could now remind me what direction my iPhone toddled offâ€¦ (FYI â€“ Find iPhone app does not share which toy bin your shiny toy has been stashed in.)