December 20, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Evaluated version: 1.2
Pros: Beautiful design and easy to use to-do list manager
Cons: Sync is currently slow and limited to Google Tasks
Any.Do doesn’t have as many features some other to-do apps for Android, so how has it managed to get so much universal praise and more than 500,000 downloads since its release a few months ago? Because Any.Do does one thing and does it well. What the app lacks in complexity is precisely why so many people enjoy this beautifully-designed Android app.
However, don’t take that simplicity to mean that Any.Do is underpowered. Someone can still Prioritize, Organize by Folder, set Reminders, and add Notes if necessary. But the point is that Any.Do presents its set-up in an elegant way so it does’t really feel as cumbersome as some other apps. The white or black themed design is smooth and minimal, creating an easy-going sense that can become more detailed when the situation calls for it. And with support for syncing to Google Tasks, another no-frills to-do manager, getting things done is simple with this app.
The people who love Any.Do got a few more reasons to praise the app over the weekend. The latest update to the app adds support for tablets, a feature that I’ve sorely missed since I started trying the app in recent weeks. There’s nothing tablet-specific about the interface, but the app scales-up very well on both a Toshiba Thrive 7″ and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ that I’m using (the app was previously not viewable in the Market by such devices.)
Any.Do now supports a missed call feature that can create a task directly from a notification. Should a user miss a call from a client, vendor, or loved one, a pop-up will appear with the following options: Call now, Call Later, Ignore. Pressing “Call Later” automatically creates an Any.Do reminder to call that person later. This feature can be disabled, but it’s convenient for those times when you can’t return a call right away but don’t want to risk forgetting it.
Download Any.Do to your Android 2.2 or higher device. According to the Android Market page for the app, it will soon support sync to Catch, Microsoft Exchange, Remember the Milk, Producteev, and more.
- Syncs across phones, tablets, and desktop using Google Tasks
- Shake to clear completed items from task list
- Two home screen widgets to monitor to-do list