EasilyDo: Your Life Assistant In Development

Even before the launch of the App Store, people were consumed with finding ways to be more productive. Technology has both hindered and attempted to help at solving that problem. The more things we do online, the more we find that we benefit from tools to help make those things easier and take them off our minds.

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to be more productive. In fact, there are thousands of apps available on the app store dedicated to just that. One of those tools is the app Easilydo, which claims it can be your life assistant. That’s quite an impressive title to throw around. Read on to see if it lives up to that declaration.

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How It Works

Like many apps, you’ll need to start by creating an account or signing in with Facebook. Next, to take advantage of all that EasilyDo can do for you, you’ll want to authorize it to connect with your other services. Right now the services it supports are Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo!, LinkedIn and Twitter.

With all the social networks and online services out there now, to only have five available seemed a little limited to me. I’m guessing the developers thought these were the most important to focus on at this time. Still, I’ve used some services that work with over 50 apps and websites, so I’m hoping that more will be added over time.

To get started with EasilyDo you'll need to sign up or login with Facebook.

To get started with EasilyDo you’ll need to sign up or login with Facebook.

Once you’ve integrated your social networks and email accounts, tap the gear button in the top right so you can get down to business. Here’s where you can see the power EasilyDo and you’ll begin to realize how much time it can save you. You’re given a list of tasks it can perform broken into categories such as Location, Facebook, Calendar, Contacts and more. Tap on a task and it will give you a more detailed description of what the app will do. If you like what it says, then turn the task on.

What It Does Well

EasilyDo does a number of things well. In all, there are currently 24 time saving tasks the app can complete for you. Some of my favorites are merging duplicate contacts, sending congrats or support to Facebook friends, and notifying me when to leave in order to be on time for my next meeting. I’m excited to see what other tasks the developers come up with going forward.

EasilyDo currently works with 5 different services and can carry out over 20 different types of tasks for you.

EasilyDo currently works with 5 different services and can carry out over 20 different types of tasks for you.

The best part is that for almost every type of task everything can be done within the app. For example, I get a notification when a friend of mine makes a big announcement on Facebook that warrants congratulations. I launch the app and it shows me the person’s post and gives me a pre-made message to respond. By tapping just one button I can either send the message as is or quickly edit it to be more personal.

Within 15 seconds I’ve congratulated them on their recent engagement, marriage, birth of a baby or their birthday. Thankfully though, EasilyDo doesn’t go crazy with the notifications. If you choose to keep them turned on you’ll get notified of more significant events, but you have to manually launch the app to see things like friend’s birthdays.

Other Ways It Helps

EasilyDo acts as your own free personal assistant carrying out a number of other activities and saving you time. Some of the location aware tasks come in very handy, such as offering to send a text when you leave a certain location, alert you of bad weather forecasted for your area and quickly get directions to your home or workplace.

The app has a bright, clean design and it's great to see how much time you've saved.

The app has a bright, clean design and it’s great to see how much time you’ve saved.

Some of the things it does, like those on Facebook, are more related to your personal life, but it also does a number of more job related assignments too. For instance, EasilyDo can clear old calendar reminders from your email inbox, remind you of a conference call and dial in for you, and add new contacts to your email when you email someone not listed in your address book.

Where It Needs Work

While EasilyDo has a lot of potential and I love the simple and clean design, there are still areas that need work. Some of the services I’ve set up have needed to be reconnected several times. Also, I wish it would show all the tasks it can do right away instead of spreading them out over time. I knew there were a number of duplicate contacts that this could help me merge, but it only notified me of 5-10 each day.

I would also really like to see it batch tasks instead of having to carry them out one at a time. For example, instead of telling it to merge each contact separately it would be great to hit one Merge All button and be done. Another helpful feature would be the ability to input several messages for wishing friends a happy birthday or congratulations and then having the app randomly cycle through those pre-made messages.

A Mixed Bag

While there are a number of things that need to be ironed out, two of the features I really like are the ability to see how much time you’ve saved and the promise that your data is “always yours and always protected.”

So, at this time I feel like EasilyDo is a mixed bag. This is a growing category of apps that is really just starting to take hold, so whether Easilydo succeeds will depend on how quickly the developers are able to keep improving on what they’ve created. While it doesn’t have the same amount of power and flexibility as something like the online service IFTTT, it does have the advantage of being easier to understand and configure. The good news is that the makers of EasilyDo recently announced they had raised $4.3 million in funding, which means this app will definitely get further development.

Overall, I would recommend EasilyDo, but also suggest that you keep an eye out as there may soon be better options available in this rapidly developing app category.


Summary

EasilyDo claims it can be your life assistant by quickly accomplishing everyday tasks for you and saving you time. While much of what it does will in fact save you time and make your life easier, the app still needs future development before you'll be ready to really tout it as your life assistant.

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  • http://alokdesai.in Alok Desai

    Thanks guy for this review. This certainly looks to be helpful. Downloading it right away.!!

  • http://karmamole.com Omar Kamel

    I’ve tried it and gave up on it. What it does, it does well, but when it repeatedly asks to merge contacts it’s supposedly already merged, that means something isn’t working.

    My biggest problem and the reason I deleted it is that it seems impossible to add your own TO-DO tasks, which is a really bad oversight. It ONLY does the automatic things you let it do, and you can’t add any of your own tasks. Poo.

    • Kristin from Easilydo

      Hi Omar,
      Sorry to hear you didn’t have a great experience. The reason we don’t allow you add your own to-dos is that we want to be able to assist you with all the bothersome electronic tasks that take you several steps to complete and are hidden in the different apps on your iPhone. By focusing our development on adding new connections and features, we create a better, fuller Easilydo experience. Think of Easilydo as a complement to your to-do list. :) Hopefully you’ll decide to try us out again in the future. Take care!

  • http://www.angelaandrieux.com Angela Andrieux

    Easilydo seemed like a good idea, but messed more stuff up than it helped. It also added folders to my gmail account that I still can’t figure out how to remove. I deleted the app and deleted the folders/labels in gmail, but they keep coming back. I’ve contacted Easilydo but haven’t received a response. If anyone has suggestions on how to get rid of Easilydo I’d really appreciate it!

    • Steve H

      @Angela you should be able to revoke access by the app to your Gmail account on the Google account page.

    • Kristin from Easilydo

      Hi Angela,

      I know we already talked about this, but I wanted to share the news with our fellow review readers. :)

      We recently pushed an update so that after you delete an EDO folder within your email account, Easilydo will not re-create the folder and will stop sorting emails for you as well.

      Take care Angela and thanks again for helping us out!

  • Spikydoc

    Most Ultimate Planner/Reminder/Notes/Social ever!!! But my only problem is that , it doesnt sync my Facebook Birthdays i.e. If my friend`s birthday is on 2nd march it shows 3rd march ,one day ahead.Theres only one flaw in this.So i discontinued using it.I am waiting for this bug to be fixed and i ll jump again to it.

  • sumit kher

    I’ve started iPhone app development earlier this year, and I’ve tried a handful of courses/books. Every time I started out enthusiastically, but it wouldn’t take long before I would be completely frustrated.

    The main reason is that it’s simply difficult and confusing. Objective-C is not an easy language, and developing apps is not just something to do “on the side”; I really think it’s something you have to spend a LOT of time on. I only need the right direction to start the programming and recently got to this 1 of iphone and Ipad app development course http://www.wiziq.com/course/13809-iphone-app-development-xcode-cocoa-framework-jquery-phonegap, wonder this will work or not as I haven’t got enough info regarding these online courses.

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