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Gtasks: a review

I thought I would write a quick review for Gtasks (paid, free one here) android todo manager. I have been using this app for a well over a year now and have been very satisfied indeed with its performance. While it is not the be all and end all of to do managers, I prefer it to the likes of wunderlist (which I also run as people I collaborate with use it and it make sharing lists much simpler).

 

Once logged in using your Google account. You are greeted with an overview of your tasks ( if you already have some). Notice pink checkboxes for high priority tasks. In the top left is a drop down list to select a specific tasks list. When viewing a specific list tasks can be dragged into each other to form sub lists. Master tasks can be checked off and all sub tasks will be marked as done (greyed out and struck through).

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Gtasks list view

 

On the top right is the standard menu key, this this allows you to edit tasks list, search as well as adjust setting and batch add tasks (limited in free version). At the top there are also buttons to refresh your lists and add a new task. Swiping left and right allows seamless switching between lists.

 

Gtasks Menu

Note: when viewing all tasks no tasks are indented.

 

Widgets: one of my favourite features are the widgets, which include various sizes, scrollable list views, and an undone tasks counter. These are great as they allow a quick view of any one (or all lists) without launching the main app. They even include an add tasks button right there (which wunderlist does not include). Also when viewing through a widget sub tasks are not indented, I have just noticed that when viewing all task lists through a widget there is a narrow bar on the side that represents the colour of the list that task belongs to.

 

gtasks widgets

widget selection

Creating lists.

 

Creating lists  is rally simple. Press the menu key, or tap the menu button in the top right corner and tap on edit task lists. Then tap on the plus in the top right corner. This  brings up an interface with a text box for the name, and a colour picker underneath. There is also a check box to show all unchecking this means that any tasks in this list are not displayed in the all lists view. At the top of the window are three options. Ok, delete and cancel. Gtasks also has a couple cool shortcuts, such as quick add and list view, (great for crouded homescreens where there isn’t enough space for a fully blown list widget).

 

List Creation

 

Verdict:

Overall i think this is a great app, lightweight fast and feature rich.

The free version limits some aspects such as the batch add tool. But this shouldnt get in the way of a normal user on a regular basis.

Personally, as a power user i would love to see programmic interface to allow tasker or similar to add tasks.