When it comes to task managers and note-taking apps, iPhone users are spoiled with choices, as there are literally thousands of ideas out there on the App Store all crying for our attention and our credit cards. I’m a man of simple tastes, which is why I don’t really use my iPhone for note-taking — I’ll probably use something like Drafts to scribble down something quickly when I’m on the move but I still rely on my trusty Moleskine for all my proper note taking. Yep, I’m old fashioned like that.
But when Elevatr was released back in May, my eye turned for two reasons. First, this looked like a nice, simple way to jot down my thoughts and ideas without having to waste an hour getting acquainted with the app. And secondly, the interface is so minimal and flat it’s positively infectious (and I’m a big fan of flat interfaces, which is why I’m looking forward to iOS 7 so much!). Read on after the break for my full thoughts about Elevatr and whether it is the de facto app for managing your ideas on the iPhone. (more…)
I have a huge thing for writing apps. It’s not that I want to write on the iPhone all the time; it’s just that I do. My iPhone is always with me and I’m always writing with it because it’s insanely convenient. And I have a core group of apps I always use to get the job done, but always feel there could be room to grow.
My feature list is admittedly pretty basic: I want great Dropbox support. I like a good font and I don’t need a lot of choice. I want to keep it simple, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to complicated functionality presented in simple ways. I just want something that works well and, most importantly, makes me want to write. Write for Dropbox is an app that promises me just that. (more…)
If you have been following along with the App Store you have probably seen email apps in the headlines a lot lately. It seems, with the App Store becoming five this year, developers are making strides in the seemingly impossible task of helping alleviate the pain of email, and I think we are on the forefront of new email applications. In more time, I think they will become very similar to task or notes applications where the choices seem endless. Just a few days ago at WWDC, Tim Cook said,
… over 93% of applications are downloaded at least once a month.
Which means there are plenty of users looking for plenty of choices when it comes to choosing applications.
One of the perks of this job is seeing some amazing apps come into the App Store put together by incredible developers. At first, Vesper seemed to be in that category. An app built by a team of industry insiders? It’s got to be awesome, right?
Well, it is quite pretty, and it’s also meticulously well thought out and executed. But it doesn’t have all the features that the competition has, which leaves it prone to scrutiny, no matter how much clout the developers have on hand. Is Vesper able to live up to its lofty praise? Let’s find out. (more…)
There was a time when I found productivity to be a laser dot gliding along the floor and I was the cat bounding after it, desperately hoping to catch my prey. I’m never as productive as I’d like to be, but I’m much more productive today than I was even a year ago, which is the result of embracing the much lauded Things. However, Things is an app with a single focus on getting things done. To cover my productivity bases, I also use Evernote in concert to keep notes on my various projects.
While I find comfort in utilizing this approach, productivity works differently for each individual and often requires a different approach. For instance, instead of relying on multiple apps to create notes, lists and to-dos, some individuals prefer using a single app for all three tasks. If you find yourself in this camp, Listacular may just be the app you’re looking for. (more…)
While conversing with a friend they recommend a new movie they’ve seen, an album they recently downloaded, or a restaurant they really enjoy. What do you do with this information? Some individuals will attempt to make a mental note, while others will immediately whip out their iPhone (or perspective smartphone) and enter the information into an app of their preference.
If you find yourself in the latter group, I bet dollars to doughnuts that most of you use the first-party Notes app for this function. Others will make use of a third-party notes app such as Evernote, Catch Notes or Simplenote. While all of these apps are useful for jotting down a quick word or twelve, a more customized approach may be better for managing a list that include items of this nature. Enter Thinglist, an app solely dedicated to such a task. (more…)
I can’t tell you if there are a lot of people who write on iPhones or if a lot of writers work for sites like this, but we review a lot of writing apps regardless. Most of the time these apps are very minimal in design and frequently just as minimal in the feature department.
But sometimes minimalism just doesn’t cut it. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to pop open an app and see nothing but my text. But sometimes you just need more functionality, and more functionality often means dropping the minimalist design. Writing Kit is one such app. It’s full of features that the minimalist writing apps are missing and has amassed its own legion of followers over the years. Is the app worth your hard-earned cash? Read on to find out. (more…)
Staying productive isn’t easy. It needs a routine, discipline and a willpower to say no to distractions. Trust me when I say this, those are really annoying traits to attain. In my experience, I have found that a good productivity app is a godsend and helps you stick to a routine so you can attain some sort of discipline over time.
Email on the iPhone is, for me, an interesting topic. I’ve tried a lot of email apps over the years and I’ve come to realize that nobody is really handling mobile email properly. The original Mail app that Apple ships with iOS is, all things considered, pretty good. It works handily with whatever email account I’ve thrown at it over the years (Hotmail, Gmail, @mac and now iCloud). It lets me respond to email and deal with it if I need to. But some people felt it was incomplete.
Sparrow and Gmail both have filled in some gaps for Gmail users, but they’ve mostly addressed issues such as filters and labels and things that non-Gmail users are never going to use. But maybe the real problem with mobile email is that most developers are so busy trying to replicate the desktop experience that they’ve forgotten to address the needs of the mobile user first. This is the gap that Triage is trying to fill. (more…)
As a freelancer, it is important to keep track of how much time I spend on each project I am working on. Yet, when it comes to tracking my time, I quite honestly suck at it. It is one of those things that I always think I will remember to mark down later and almost always forget.
Recently I came across a web app called Toggl. The simplicity of Toggl, together with the data it can capture and breakdown for me, meant I fell in love with the app straight away. But I quickly realised that I don’t always have my computer with me when I need to track my time. Therefore, when I saw that there was an iPhone app, I wanted to know how the Toggl Timer compared to the Toggl web version. Let’s find out. (more…)