Wunderlist 2 versus Things 2 with Cloud


Things 2

I purchased the iOS version of this (iPhone) and I have the trial of the new OS X version. I have read all over that this app’s UI is amazing. It’s very plain looking to me. I have seen some screenshots of the iPad version and it looks more appealing. The other apps while nice seem like fancy list item management. Almost like tutorial apps taken a little further in order to sell.

I know a lot of people became angry because the app was in beta for so long in regards to their own cloud integration and gave up on it – but that cloud integration is available and it works very well. That said, the apps must be purchased separately. $9.99 for the iPhone version, nearly $50 for the OS X version, and I imagine $9.99 for the iPad version? That’s a lot of bones for a GTD application ecosystem.

I do like the implementation of recurring tasks in Things. Nicely done. In general though I feel like the app flow scrapes the surface and doesn’t reveal enough to me quick enough. It’s a set of list items I can click into. Tagging is a very nice way to handle things – but I don’t have enough projects and categories of things going on all the time to warrant their filtered use. At least not now.

It’s an expensive foray into a very good application, but it doesn’t feel rounded out well enough for me. The default categories of Today, Next, Scheduled, etc. seem kind of artificial to me. Why should I need to categorize stuff like that?



I’ll start with this: free everywhere with cloud sync. There is a web application. iOS. Mac. Android. Windows. Collaboration. Notes. Recurring tasks. A Chrome browser extension. A beautiful design throughout the entire experience.

The detail view for tasks is what makes this superior to me in my usage. Due date, reminders, sub-tasks and that beautifully useful note. No tags, but there is a smart list feature that becomes active when required, hidden when it’s not. Less visual clutter.

On the iPhone it shines, on OS X it’s very nice and I hear it’s a very consistent experience all around. Three view modes in the desktop application which is very much appreciated. It’s very clean… without being spartan like Things. I have to say that Wunderlist is quite close to the perfect GTD application and it didn’t cost me a lot of money to implement and get everything synced. It’s a joy to use so far. Being a developer and a designer, I appreciate the smaller things they have done here and there – it’s a very well thought out application with a lot of support around it, a lot of cross-device parity, and even a web interface. Awesome.

One caveat: I got the iPad version (HD they called it?) and it is pretty awful and it’s been pulled from the App Store (not sure when – but you can’t get it anymore). There are many things wrong with that version and I suppose it was pulled to settle a lot of that and then release it again. As a back-up you can use the web interface on your iPad and it works very well there.

Wunderlist FTW!

It seems to me that the developers for Wunderlist are extremely active and are already working to fix the iPad application. They are very quick to respond to contacts (I sent an email last night and woke up to a response already) and as you can see below a comment from them too.

They are on the ball and while they have already delivered a wonderful suite of applications and cloud sync, they are pushing on and I think we can expect feature requests to be considered and worked on in a timely fashion. I love this about them too.

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3 thoughts on “Wunderlist 2 versus Things 2 with Cloud

  1. Simon from 6Wunderkinder

    Thanks for the review on Wunderlist. I just wanted to explain why the iPad app was taken away from the app store. As a Wunderlist 1 app it’s missing many of the handy features of Wunderlist 2 and unfortunately was also causing a bunch of date related problems that just weren’t repairable with a quick update. But have no fear, a new retina iPad app is on the way!

    Cheers from Berlin,

  2. chirmer

    I just don’t understand your criticisms of Things 2. The UI is wonderful. It’s simple and clean, and fits in with the overall style of both iOS and Mac apps. The Daily Review is very attractive and grabs your attention without overshadowing everything else in your Today list. The way Things 2 allows you to schedule/reschedule tasks, the ability to duplicate projects and tasks, the ease of tag filtering, Quick Entry, etc. etc. The app is wonderful and a perfect fit for GTD. I just can’t see how it scrapes the surface or doesn’t show you enough. It shows you exactly what you need to see. I think maybe you don’t understand or actually use GTD. ” The default categories of Today, Next, Scheduled, etc. seem kind of artificial to me. Why should I need to categorize stuff like that?” Because that’s the absolute foundation of GTD, that’s why.

    Wunderlist 2, while a fantastic app, is NOT GTD. No tags alone means it’s not GTD. It’s got a ton of nice features, including a much-envied web app (I use Things 2 and don’t have that option), but it’s just NOT GTD, so comparing the two the way you did just doesn’t make sense.

    Also, Things 2 for Mac is half-off in the Mac App Store right now, and $25 is a lot easier to swallow, though I did pay the full price and don’t regret it for a second.

  3. larrymcj

    Just my two cents worth…but I use Wunderlist 2 on my desktop and Mac and I think it is a much better solution than Things 2. The latter is almost a full-time hobby to keep up with, where Wunderlist is simple…and it works. Plus, if you buy the desktop, iPhone and iPad version of Things 2 you’ve just dropped $80 on a GDT/ToDo app! Cultured Code needs a reality check. They’d have five times the purchases at half those price points and if you do the math…they’d make more money. There is only one thing I dislike about Wunderlist 2 (and perhaps it just me)…the dock icon is UGLY. Actually, it’s more than ugly…it’s overstated, it’s way too red, and to top it off it’s surrounded by wood. Why wood? I guess the developer is infatuated by wood as the default background scheme is wood, alsol…but at least they let me change that.


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