Formerly known as This Week, GoodTask is a reminder use that also doubles well as a task manager. We can only speculate on what made developer, haha Interactive, choose to change the name, but This Week wasn’t two words we would have chosen either, and because of the borderline impossible task of finding that, from a search engine, we decided not to cover it at all until now.
I’ve used this app for about a month now, and I have to say that I’m very impressed with it. The default iOS 7 Reminders use is so plain and simple yet it leaves me feeling lost and anxious about what to do. It couldn’t be any worse. About the only kind words, I have to say about it is that it does look good, and suits iOS 7 very well. The way it works is by creating “folder” like tabs, and you can give each different subject a different colour. At the top of the screen is the words “New List” followed by the + symbol which means it will add it when you click the plus sign. The subjects will be listed down the screen more with every new one that you choose to fill in. Soon you will be left with a basic Reminds application that caters for every day needs, but what if you need something more?
GoodTask does a great job and being every bit of the application you want it to be if you want to get more out of your daily planning and task management skills. For starters, before we even get into the features that it does better, the look alone is something worth mentioning, as not only does it look stunning when set up with the iPhone 5C and 5S running iOS 7, but it blows the default Apple version out of the water by a big margin.
With Good Task, there is two different main areas of reading and pinning in what you are doing. Along the top of the screen will be the date and the day. Click on each day and it will give you a new screen of information that shows the categories inside. Then running down the screen is the subjects and the list of things you wanted for that day. For me, that’s a layout that is a lot smarter than what Apple decided to do, and it also gives a chance to be a lot more specific with your times. Like the iOS stock Reminds, GoodTask also has different colors for different tasks. The amount of tasks that you want to know for the day will be displayed in small lines underneath the date. Again, that’s perfect so you don’t have to click each days tab to check how many you have in there. Instead, it will be automatically displayed for you above them.
GoodTask has just been updated to version 1.5, and it comes with more features than it had before, plus a variety of performance enhancements that make it better than the last version. Right from the beginning this application managed to gather a large following, so if it does boast much improved performance it will be sure to please a lot of people because so many were already blown out of the water.
If we were to nitpick, the price is steep, and at $4.99 it’s probably not an app you are going to buy just to try and see if you like it. That’s a shame because so many people out there don’t bother to use any of a reminders or to-do app, and it will struggle to pick up more users if the price remains so steep in the range of dedicated apps that are available for this. With that being said, you can’t blame these developers for that, because most, if not all of them in the genre, are always expensive to buy.
One of the things we love most about this new edition is the inclusion of a calendars section that lets you look at the month that has past and take a look at all the different times you did a set task. It will keep the memory of the times you had tasks planned and these will be visible to see when overlooking the month.
Download GoodTask for $4.99 on the app store.
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