Windows Phone Elite: Productivity Apps

Up until now, I felt that the cloud synchronized calender and Office OneNote were sufficient for managing tasks on Windows Phone. But a closer look at the Marketplace revealed different types of to-do list apps available, that are much more than a calender.

In this second part of our Windows Phone Elite series, we’ll look at the task management productivity apps on Windows Phone that help you reach your goals.

Tasks

Tasks

Tasks

Tasks by Telerik, is a perfect example of Metro UI as well as their RadControls package for Windows Phone.

Tasks serves as an in-depth task management app where tasks can be categorized and grouped into different projects.

With distinctive color usage, Synchronization with Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Office 365, reminders and Live tile support, Tasks is your best choice for managing large list of things.

Price: FREE
Developer: Telerik

Wunderlist

Wunderlist

Wunderlist

Wunderlist, the popular cross-platform task manager, is now available for Windows Phone.

Tasks along with optional added notes and deadlines, will be stored in the cloud with your free Wunderlist account. The best part is you can access your tasks from Web, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Blackberry.

With task prioritization, email reminders and custom backgrounds, Wunderlist is a pretty neat and must have list management app.

Price: FREE
Developer: 6wunderkinder

Zero

Zero

Zero

Zero, the new to-do list app from tomzorz labs is a clean, gesture based app that is heavily Metro.

Zero at first look feels like very close to the iPhone app Clear, though the developer claims that development started way before Clear is in the market.

This to-do list is very minimal with no chrome at all, all the actions are gesture driven. Though the gestures used are universal, the app provides a little tutorial for getting started.

The app is fast and to the point with a live tile showing the task count. The trial version got everything except that it doesn’t save anything, but enough for playing with gestures.

With cloud synchronization coming in next version, Zero is nice buy for maintaining lists that are playful.

Price: $0.99
Developer: tomzorz labs

Clearer

Clearer

Clearer

Clearer, in many ways is just like Zero but with more features.

Clearer starts with category lists on the main screen from which you have various gestures to add or delete categories, view and edit associated lists.

The categories are shown with category name and number of items in it.

On the first launch, the app shows a little walk through on how to use. This can be also accessed through the help button on the application bar.

Clearer does have a three-dot menu on the task/list view. From the three dot menu, you have options to contact the developer, rate the app, share the app, and view the tutorial. You can also change the color of the list banners, the brightness or use a picture from your Pictures Hub as the background.

Clearer also synchronizes the lists with Google Tasks but only when you buy the app.

The trial version is fully functional but allows only one list with no online sync.

With features like auto correct, color options, live tile and slide confirmations it is more tempting to my dollar in Clearer than Zero.

Price: $0.99
Developer: SYM

CleverToDo

CleverToDo

CleverToDo, is based on ‘Getting Things Done’ methodology. If you read the book, this will be like a companion app.

CleverToDo covers everything from your tasks and notes to your groceries. The simplicity of design and intuitive menus give this app a clear advantage over other task management apps.

The full version supports cloud synchronization. There is also a search feature to filter and search tasks through projects based on a keyword. The live tile helps you remember today’s tasks, without the need to open the app.

The only downside it there are no reminders other than the live tile. With the given price, a touch of audio notifications will be a nice addition.

Price: $3.99
Developer: clever-software

TasksArranger

TasksArranger

Task Arranger

Task Arranger, is a simple and clean tasks list with live tile support and task prioritization.

The clean and colorful interface with great use of glyph icons is what secured place for Task Arranger in this list.

Task Arranger is a great app to maintain daily tasks without getting bored.

The downside is that the trial mode supports only 5 active tasks.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Moiden

Do It, Push It

Do It, Push It

Do it, Push it

Do it, Push it, is a free productivity app that could change the way you approach your task list, ahem.

If all the GTD stuff is too complex for you, this app gives your much more simplified way of doing things.

Do it, Push it is heavily inspired by Do It (Tomorrow).

The app contains only two tabs, a list for today and another one for tomorrow. You can create tasks either for today or tomorrow. Tap a task to mark it done, Tap the little arrow to move the task between today and tomorrow.

It labels itself as a To-Do app for procrastinators, just like Do It (Tomorrow). Although the app is free, a sync feature with skydrive or any other service will be a nice addition.

Price: Free
Developer: TheMetroGuy

WinMilk

WinMilk

WinMilk Task Manager

WinMilk, is a well designed client for Remember The Milk, the popular cloud based task management service.

You have to setup a free account with Remember The Milk before you can use WinMilk.

The home screen provides a summary of all tasks grouped by: overdue, due today, due tomorrow, due in next 7 days and no due. Each task displays task description, due by, category and tags.

With ‘Smart Add’ creating a task is pretty intuitive though a little confusing till you get used to it. Instead of using multiple controls you can just write your task (like you talk to Siri on IPhone).

For example, if you enter Watch Avengers at 11am on 27th April #movies, WinMilk will create a task Watch Avengers with due date April 27, 2012 at 11:00am in the list movies.

WinMilk also caches the tasks for offline viewing.

A live tile and performance improvements will make WinMilk the best Windows Phone client for Remember The Milk.

Price: Free
Developer: Juliana Peña

Milkman

Milkman

Milkman

Milkman, is another free third party Remember The Milk client for Windows Phone.

Milkman is similar to WinMilk but with less features and more speed.

Milkman comes with all tasks that supports notes but no lists. Location based reminders is a nice option which displays a notification when you are nearby a task location.

It closely follows metro guidelines with good use of panorama controls and live tiles but comes with only a light theme.

Price: Free
Developer: Matt McCormick

Conclusion

We have seen some serious lists, powerful features, elegant designs and new interactivity. I’m sure there are lot more task management apps.

Now it’s time for you all to tell me your favorites. Let us know in the comments section below and thank you so much for reading!


  • Matt McCormick

    Thanks for the great write-up on Milkman. I just want to let you know that Milkman 2.0 was just submitted to the Marketplace for certification yesterday and includes support for lists and smart lists in Remember The Milk, more customization, a dark theme, and several other new features!

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