Google Tasks Review - Google's Second Attempt at To-Do List
|Google Tasks logo|
Believe it or not, to-do lists have played quite an important part in my life. They (obviously) help me keep track of my tasks, my shopping lists, and even my blogging process. I do admire Apple's Reminder app, as it is simple, user friendly, and just works. It effortlessly and automatically syncs across your devices (mac, iPhone, iPad), so the principle of 'write once, see everywhere' is gracefully and elegantly applied here.
I wish I could've said the same about Google, though. For some reason, I cannot bear using iOS as my primary mobile OS, so I cannot maximize that Reminder app's full potential. Unfortunately, Google didn't have the same app that works as good as Apple's Reminder. They do have Keep, but you can't possibly call keep a full to-do list app, no? For me, Google Keep is more like a versatile, all-in-one notes app, which is not what I'm looking for. I could also use Google Calendar, but I also wanted my calendar to be clean as well. If I'm not mistaken, Google also had some kind of a task app, but it was unintuitive, and well hidden in Google Calendar.
I've also tried using third party alternatives such as Any.do, Wunderlist, and even Microsoft To-Do. While they're not bad, I want a first party solution, which is created by the same company who develops the OS. Why, because their app will have the same design language as the target OS, something that I hold dear. Besides, we had something called 'Organizer' during the feature phone days. Why can't we have the same thing in modern OSes?
Enter Google Tasks. This newly-released app is Google's latest attempt at making a first-party to-do app. As soon as they announced it, I was thrilled. From the icon alone, it seems like Google is finally putting an effort into this. I even went straight to APKMirror to download the app because at the time, it wasn't available in my country's Play Store. My initial impression was promising, and I've been using it for a few weeks now. I'm ready to share my opinion about it. Stay tuned.
Material Design Takes The Lead
|Material design is reflected in the splash screen.|
Simplicity is Its Power
|List of tasks|
|Details of a task.|
Manage Multiple Google Accounts
|Google Tasks allows you to manage tasks on multiple Google accounts.|
Google Tasks is Cross-PlatformGoogle Tasks is also available on iOS and the web. I haven't tried the iOS app, so I can't comment on it. However, its web app is integrated into the new GMail interface (yay, more material, more condensed) along with Keep and Calendar.
|You can access Google Tasks web client right from the GMail.|
ConclusionAs a man who loves simplicity and minimalism, I must say that I like Google Tasks. This latest attempt at to-do list by Google seems to be working well, at least for me. It has all the necessary features in a simple, user-friendly interface. It also incorporates material design, which is a plus if you're using Android.
- Material design
- Less is more, only the essential features in a user-friendly UI
- Cross platform
- Unable to add subtasks when creating a task
- Subtasks don't have their own description and due date
Well, I guess that's all, Folks. As usual, if you have any questions, sound off in the comments section below. The review is short, yes, because the app itself is simple and minimalistic, so there's not much to write about. Anyway, thanks for reading and see you in the next article! :D