When I took a look at Things for Mac earlier this month, I thought it was the best to-do management application I’d ever used. It’s simple, looks good and makes me more productive. What more could you want? Well, actually there is one more thing: a mobile client for iPhone and iPad! As it just so happens, the team behind Things has given us just that. You can get the Things app for both iPhone and iPad separately from the App Store, so let’s take a closer look at Things for the iPhone!
Things for iPhone maintains all of the to-do functionality of the Mac application, making it simple to see what needs doing today and what to-dos you have planned for the future. From the main screen of the app, you can see all of your lists such as Today, Next, Scheduled and Someday, as well as all the groups that you have set up.
Tapping on a list will display the contents of that list, as well as their respective due dates and any notes or tags that you have associated with them. You can tap on an item to be shown a closer look at it, including the full notes that you have associated with it, and options to email it to a friend or client, and move it in to another list.
Maybe the most crucial feature of Things for the iPhone is its ability to sync with the Mac client. For me, this is invaluable. I can sync my to-do list when I wake up in the morning before heading out, so I know what needs doing in the day. If, throughout the day, I have any additional tasks that I need to add to the app, I can input them so I don’t forget or lose random pieces of paper I’ve used to remind myself that something needs doing. When I get back home in the evening I can then open the Things app, and it will sync with the desktop client over my local network meaning that all of my to-dos are the same on both applications and I don’t have to maintain two separate lists on two separate applications.
If you’re forever on the move or just have a lot of things to take care of during the day, you’re bound to find the Things app on the iPhone a life saver. You can buy Things on the App Store for £5.99, which is nothing compared to the £44.99 you have to pay for the Mac OS X version of the application. What are you waiting for? Download it, get productive and let us know what you think in the comments!