Android is far from the first platform Todoist has landed on, but fans of the service have been anxiously waiting. Todoist is a clean, snappy to-do list manager that has a ton of cloud features to keep your busy life under control. The app is free to use in basic mode, but the advanced features are gonna cost you.

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The main interface in Todoist is just a super-minimalist task list organized in chronologic order. It is still recognizable as Todoist to anyone that has used it on other platforms, but it has enough Holo UI elements that it fits in nicely on Android. Without paying anything, you can do the basics like adding/organizing tasks and once daily saving your task list to the Todoist cloud service. All the cool stuff is reserved for those willing to pay $3.99 per month.

The premium subscription gets you features like continuous syncing across all Todoist platforms, SMS/push reminders, colored labels (yes, you have to pay for labels), filters, and more. These are handy features, but is it worth $4 a month when there are plenty of other to-do managers out there? That's up to you.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • atlouiedog

    The website says $29/yr, which is still 2-3x what I would consider for something like this.

    • http://twitter.com/ryanmargheriti Ryan Margheriti

      I use Any.Do. Looks better than this, and it is free. Give it a go

    • RyanWhitwam

      Yeah, you can buy a whole year in advance. I'm not sure who would do that without knowing if the Pro features are worth it.

      • http://twitter.com/brennakL Brenna L

        @atlouiedog:disqus @twitter-20581725:disqus
        Todoist DOES offer a totally free version of its to-do list, and it’s loaded with tons of features that other free to-do apps don’t offer. The paid version is ideal for people who need to keep track of complex tasks and projects for work. People who rely on a robust task manager to stay productive at work will find the features, access, and support levels offered by the paid version well worth the investment.

        But, yes, if you just need to remember to buy milk and pick up your dry-cleaning, a free to-do list app is probably all you need ;)

        • 3qr23

          Todoist is really wrong about their premium concept. Without going premium the app doesn't even sync seamlessly. That's one of the worst non-features a multi-platform cloud-driven app could have. In the past they sold SSL support (say the privacy of its users) as premium feature. Thank god this is free now. Like that should be taken for granted and doesn't any costs on the server side.

  • Ray

    I'll pass thanks. There are plenty of other services cheaper, not to mention free, or for a once off payment, that do just as good, if not a better job than this.

  • debtac20

    Minimal UI and google syncronization, you say? Tasks has 'em both: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.teamtasks.tasks.paid&hl=en

    • codr101

      and works with GTasks - best app for todos!

  • Magnus100

    Tried it, quickly uninstalled it. It certainty doesn't offer anything I can't do with color note, which is free.

  • QwietStorm

    I can't even jokingly consider paying a subscription for a to do list. I don't care how fancy it is.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    $3.99 a month... Wow seriously?

    I'd rather buy a stack of post-it notes, write down my to do list, and stick them on my forehead than pay that.

    • http://twitter.com/brennakL Brenna L

      @mMarcus Lee Hey Marcus, when you're managing a complex, imposing project post-it notes probably wont cut it :) Todoist works both for people who just need to keep track of basic tasks but also is available for people who rely on a robust task manager to stay productive at work. Those people tend to really benefit from the paid version for many reasons.

      • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

        Hey Brenna,

        Thanks for your reply.

        I suppose I've never needed a very feature-rich to do app in either a personal or professional capacity, hence my adverse reaction above upon learning its price. My comment was meant to be tongue-in-cheek more than anything else though :-)

  • http://www.androidgeek.in/ Serra Stone

    It doesn't even have a widget? Pfft, useless.

    • http://twitter.com/brennakL Brenna L

      @serrastone:disqus Serra, Todoist is available as a Mac desktop widget, and also as a plugin for different browsers (Chrome, Firefox, etc) and email clients (Outlook, Gmail, etc). » http://todoist.com/

      • http://www.facebook.com/DigitalDK Dale Kimball

        She means android widget since we're clearly discussing the Android app, this review is advertisement enough. Do you really need to respond to every post with a sales pitch?

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Any.DO - nuff said.

  • Matti

    I bet the head dev of this is good friends with that Instapaper con-man. Makes you wonder how they stay in business when there are equally useful and cheaper/free apps (Tasks, Any.Do, Pocket) that are just as good.

  • Buddy Reno

    I personally use the free version of Catch for todo lists. They just added referral spaces so I just talk a couple of my friends into signing up for an account when I need some more spaces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spencer.pablo Spencer Pablo

    The Due Today app alongside the Toodledo.com website.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I really want to like this but without the monthly sub I can't even give this a chance. I can see myself using this for the sync abilities. But without a monthly sub it's a no go, and why is there no Android widget? that's pretty important.

    update: Everyone please vote for this even if you don't have the app. http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/410/

  • Jiri Rybar

    Todoist needs a monthly plan. So desperately.