Wunderlist HD is a very impressive looking new task manager app for the iPad. It has an iPhone app and free desktop apps for Mac and Windows to sync with. It’s the first tasks app that has tempted me enough to actually give it a go as a possible replacement for Things.
Things has been a favorite and most-used app for me for ages now, on the iPhone, the Mac, and the iPad. Sadly, I am finding its lack of over-the-air sync more and more of a turn-off, especially as its local WiFi sync becomes more and more unreliable. It will take a lot to make me actually switch away from Things, but Wunderlist has got me giving it a try mainly for the following reasons:
— As of just yesterday, it’s got a shiny new iPad version.
— It has a good-looking, free desktop companion app (for Mac and Windows) – I’ve never been convinced by any of the online to-do services that other apps sync with.
— The Wunderlist UI is not as simple and elegant as Things, but it’s good looking enough on both the Mac and the iPad for my tastes.
— It has a strong feature set (see below for details) – including push notifications and reminder emails for overdue tasks. One big missing feature (or at least I’ve not found it yet) is repeating tasks. That’s one that is critical for me, and I hope it will be added soon.
— It offers cloud sync. Hurray! And it works. It is not automatic, which it should be, but it works well in my quick testing today.
Here’s a slice of the app’s App Store intro and some of its key features:
Wunderlist HD, our cloud-sync task manager for the iPad. Sync your tasks over the air and share your lists with friends and colleagues.
Wunderlist HD for the iPad will boost your productivity. Organize your to-do lists on the go and synchronize it with your free Wunderlist account between Windows, Mac and the iPhone. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Wunderlist everyday.
● Your tasks are cloud-synced with your free Wunderlist account
● Share your lists with friends and colleagues
● Push Notifications
● Email reminder
● Mail 2 Task – manage your lists out of your email inbox
● Organize your to-do lists
● Add tasks and due dates
● Add notes
● Mark important tasks with a star
● Choose between different background images
● Badge notifications about how many tasks are due today and how many are overdue
I’ve installed Wunderlist on my iPad and MacBook Pro today and I’ll be testing it out for as long as it feels good. I’m glad to finally see a strong alternative to Things. For now, each of the apps is missing one feature I really want – cloud sync in Things, and repeating tasks in Wunderlist. I have a feeling Wunderlist may deliver the missing feature quicker – so I’m very keen to work with it and see how well it serves me.
Here’s an App Store link for Wunderlist HD; it’s a free app right now as well.