I’m a pretty big fan of Things. I’ve already taken a look at the Things application for both Mac OS X and the iPhone, so I felt it was time that we completed our mini tour around the eco system and finished off with Things for the iPad.
When going from Things for Mac to the iPhone client, you realise how much information you actually lose. The iPhone client is great, especially for the £5.99 price point, but you lose a lot of the flexibility that’s offered inside a desktop window, such as switching between lists and areas with one click rather than tapping to see the lists again before tapping through to the specfic list or area you wish to see.
Things for iPad carries all of the functionality that you see in the desktop client, but also offers the extra flexibility in the user interface that you don’t get on the iPhone’s small screen. In fact in many areas the iPad client is nicer to use than the Mac client.
The interface of the app looks great in landscape mode, with all of your lists shown down the left hand side of the screen, and all of the items within the list that you’ve currently selected in the remaining space on the other side of the screen. The extra space offered by the screen on the iPad allows you to see full titles of the items in your lists, whereas the iPhone client had to chop off the names of items due to the small screen estate available. This certainly makes life easier when quickly running through all of the items on your list, as you can see at a glance what needs doing and when it’s due for.
Like the iPhone client, you can also sync Things for iPad with the Mac OS X version. All you have to do is ensure that you’re on the same local network as the computer that you wish to sync with, go in to the preferences of the desktop version and add a new device to sync with. Enter the confirmation code on your iPad and you’re good to go! All of the information from your other clients will then sync with each other and give you one unified to-do list across all of your devices.
Things for iPad is available to download on the App Store for £11.99, a rather big discount off the £44.99 asking price for the Mac OS X application.
If you’re a user of Things for either the Mac, iPhone or iPad, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!