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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

As a person, I'm generally less reliable than a software update schedule from Samsung. That's why I must rely on my phone to tell me to do things. My current weapon of choice for this responsibility-shifting device dependency is Taskos because it's simple and, if I'm going through the trouble of not remembering things for myself, I sure don't want to waste time while (not?) doing it. Yeah...

Taskos is, in my humble opinion, the best to-do list app yet. While it isn't perfect quite yet, it's got a whole lot going for it. I'm adding "Take a closer look at Taskos" to my list right now.

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This screen is your new best friend. As you can see, it is my list of current and past responsibilities neatly formatted into s simple scrolling list. The boxes on the left are where I click when I finish a task or have ignored a responsibility long enough to make actually completing it irrelevant. From this screen you can add a task by speaking or typing and access the editing functions by tapping on a task and selecting one of the options:

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These features, while awesome, are standard for a task list app. Assigning due dates, setting notifications, and assigning priority are things that even crappy task managers can do. The reason Taskos is special is because, for one thing, it makes the process stupidly simple. It's 3 clicks to edit a tasks priority. If you're not sober enough to accurately hit the checkbox, just swipe your finger to the right over a task. Want to send the task to somebody else so you don't have to do it? You're there in two clicks. Want to make your completed tasks disappear? Shake your phone.

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If you want to get more complicated about it, you can do so by hitting that "more" button, but you don't have to. You can also go to the settings menu and add custom categories. And, hey, while you're in settings, why don't you have it sync with your Google account as well?

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Yes, it does that. I currently have this installed and syncing on 3 devices and it works perfectly. I've made it almost impossible for myself to forget things (don't worry, though. I'm creative and have still found ways to avoid doing things). The only gripe I have about all of this is that I have to go through the settings menu, then to sync and finally click "Sync Now" to force a sync with my Google account because, frankly, sometimes I just need it to sync. They're my tasks, and I need them now.

On a happier note, though, Taskos does come with some hella nice widgets.

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This is my favorite task list application so far. I really enjoy its simplicity, and the Google syncing is just the delicious icing on the (insert version name for Android here. I can't bring myself to make this joke myself). It's free, so you have no reason not to try it. Unless, of course, you forget to download it, at which point you should've had an app to remind you. But then, really, you would already had to have had the app, but... actually, it's just easier for me to tell you to download it and hope you can handle that. Get it here. NOW!

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • Sxeptomaiac

    I switched from Astrid to Taskos a couple of weeks back. I'm liking it, too.

    • Brad Ganley

      It's great. The google syncing make managing tasks on 4 devices super easy.

  • S

    It requests permission to read sensitive log data and your phone number. There's no reason for that, and they don't explain what the information will be used for in their privacy policy: http://taskos.com/privacy. Shady.

    • Brad Ganley

      I would imagine that the phone activity log reading would be because if you start a new task that is called "Call John", it will actually enable you to place the call from within the app. It probably uses the aggregate data in the log to see what the most like "John" in your phonebook is to suggest.

      • S

        Suggesting John from your phonebook is why it reads your contact data. There is no reason at all it should read your sensitive log data.

        Starting an intent to call a phone number requires no permissions. Again, there is no reason this app needs to be able to read your phone number.

        • Brad Ganley

          Well, in defense of the log data, like I said, I believe it weights the suggested contacts based on call frequency which, obviously, is stored in the log data.

          As for the phone number thing, I have games installed that read my IMEI. If they're sending my phone number to people who I don't want to have it, I'll just ignore it when they call.

          I do understand your distrust and, at this point, can only recommend you email the developer. I have no insight into what it is using the permissions for, but I can tell you that the app is damn handy and it's of no concern to me if they can read my phone's logs. It's data that isn't even useful to me and, ultimately, should they decide to employ it for anything malicious, it would be, at worst, an annoyance. I don't foresee that happening though.

        • Coldman

          Log data is not your call log as far as I can tell - it's the raw LogCat data from all apps.

        • Brad Ganley

          In that case, I believe it would make sense for the app to use this data to send crash and error reports

        • S

          The android framework already sends crash reports to the developer, stripping sensitive information logged by other apps. Requesting permission to read raw log data is very fishy and something I expect from spyware..

    • Brad Ganley

      I'll take it upon myself to email the developer and see if I can get some answers.

    • Brad Ganley

      I got an email back from the developer. Here is what he had to say about the fishy permissions:

      Regarding the READ_LOGS permissions- a previous version of Taskos supported sending us the logs after a crash of the app. This required these permissions. As this is not supported any more, we will remove this permission in our next version - thanks for pointing that out :)

      He also had this to say:

      We are currently working on the next version of Taskos which will support a full sync with Gtasks (all lists and not only default one like now) + we hope to integrate the Authentication via the account manager in Android so our users won't have to enter their username and password through Taskos.

      Hope this answers your question. Cheers!

  • http://yellow5.us John Hansen

    So far, gTasks is the only app I've found that doesn't ask for my Google password. This looks great, but I won't switch until they use the accounts I've already authenticated on my phone.

  • fabrizio

    excellent review, I'll surely try it.
    btw, what's the name of the weather widget with the graph? it's really nice.

    • Brad Ganley

      That is AIX weather widget. Glad you liked the review!

      • Coldman

        +1 - only weather widget I've ever considered installing. Love it.

  • http://Www.ahlin.se Christian

    As soon as google releases the "assign task to person" all these task managers will be useless. Unless a collaborative list functions is included for ie shopping, I'm not lifting a finger, and no work-arounds. Cheers

    • Coldman

      That's a big "if", or rather "when."

  • Mike

    That was by far my favorite review of an app in a long time. I found it halarious(don't think I spelled it right),i was cracking up at work. After reading the review im definitely gonna try it out. One hell of a job Brad.

    • Coldman

      hilarious* - that's the right spelling.

      • Mike

        Thanks coldman. I'm surprised swype didn't catch it

  • Nicole M.

    Since your into zombie books... you should really read World World Z. Amazing book :)

    • Brad Ganley

      It's strange you should say this because, when I was converting from one task app to another, I lost several book suggestions from friends and World War Z was one I've been trying to think of for about 3 weeks now. You, Nicole have just won yourself a heartfelt blogger high-five. I will promptly tweet about how insanely this article has played in my physical library's favor.

  • Adam

    I tried this, but since it doesn't use the multiple-lists feature in Google Tasks, it was a no go for me. I organize my tasks into context related task lists (e.g. Personal, Home, School, etc.) in Google tasks. It's a simple and flexible organizational scheme, and essential if you have lots of tasks to keep track of. Astrid recognizes these lists, Taskos does not.

    • Brad Ganley

      I definitely can't hate on your choice to go with Astrid. Had I not discovered Taskos, Astrid would be my "responsible half". My only issues with Astrid are that
      A)Their premium key did, literally, nothing.
      B)The notification options were superfluous and confusing to me. I'm secure enough in my intelligence to state that, but it did make me feel stupid :)

      I don't really use the list feature because, as you can see in my task list, I just tack the major type on the front of the task.

      Really, both Astrid and Taskos are excellent options. These are the things I love about Android.