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.
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.