I was once a man, all alone, with no task manager to call my own. I just wanted a reliable to-do list app. Is that too much to ask? I downloaded a few apps and tried them out. They worked, but there was no spark. There was nothing about them that cried, “make room in your iPhone for me!” Then a friend recommended 2Do: Tasks Done in Style.
I decided to take a chance and download the app. The gamble paid off. It was exactly what I needed. It was sophisticated, but not complicated. It helped me get organized without being intrusive. I began to understand why the app was so well-regarded.
After a period of casual use, 2Do finally gained my highest level of app commitment: it became a permanent fixture in my iDevice library.
However, like many relationships, the early passion started to fade. I began to take for granted the little things that the app did for me. I grew tired of the endless cycle of unlocking my iPhone, opening 2Do, and manually inputting my tasks.
Around that time, I fell in love with Siri. No longer did I have to type in my tasks and reminders; I could speak them. I was smitten. I never deleted 2Do from my iDevices. I just stopped using it.
The makers of 2Do got smart. They realized that if you can’t beat Siri, you integrate with it. So, 2Do was recently updated with a host of new features (with versions 2.6 and 2.6.2), most notably, Siri integration, as well as syncing through iCloud and MobileMe. Now, when I tell Siri to “remind me to write about 2Do,” it sends that task to, not only Apple’s Reminders app, but also to 2Do itself. From there, I can use 2Do‘s tried and true interface to categorize my task.
Is it perfect? No. One of the things I always loved about 2Do was how simple and accessible it was. The latest version took me far too long to play around with 2Do’s sync settings and properly align Reminders on my iDevices. In the process, there were folders created that I didn’t want created. There were tasks on one list, which didn’t show up on another, until I manually synced and played around with the settings. It all felt very complicated.
Overall, my feelings for 2Do are not what they were, but I will say this: I am using it again.