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Keep up with your to-do list with these Android apps

by Larry Sullivan

Recently, I have found myself falling behind on my work. With lots of different jobs for different people, I needed some help staying organized. I needed to keep track of all I had to do and when things were due. Since I carry my Android phone everywhere, it seemed logical to find a task management app.

You will find a huge selection of task management or to-do list apps for Android. Many will have similar features and prices so my recommendation is to give them a try and find the one that meets your needs and preferences. I have tried a few different ones and have listed some of them here.

Task List (Free)

Setting up tasks or a list of tasks in Taskos To Do List is relatively straightforward. When you start the app, you are immediately presented with your current list of tasks. The apps are listed in order of priority but you can easily sort them by date or category. When creating a new task, you will be given the option to add priority, category, date due, if you want to share it with contacts, and an alert or alarm for the task. Voice input is also available.

Taskos To Do List will sync with your Google Tasks. To remove a completed task you simply swipe across the screen and then shake your phone. The app comes with a couple of widget options for your home screen. The user interface is bright and not very cluttered. There are plans to have the app sync with services such as Remember the Milk, Producteev, and more in the future.

Any.DO To Do List & Task List (Free)

Creating a task or list of tasks in Any.DO To Do List is very quick. When you type your task items, the app has word prediction built in to help you out. There is also voice input. When you first start the app, you will be given a list of current tasks based on date. When adding a new task, you can assign the priority, folder (or category), reminder (alert), notes or extra details, and finally the ability to share it with your contacts.

The user interface for Any.DO To Do List is nicely done. The font style and size are very easy to read, and you can choose between a light or dark theme. When sharing tasks with others, you will get a notification when the task is updated. The app syncs with Google Tasks and has four different widget sizes. Future updates planned will allow the app to sync with gTasks, RTM, Producteev, Springpad, and others. Maybe the most useful feature planned is a web interface.

Producteev by Jive (Free)

Producteev is a web-based task management service that has been out for some time, but they only recently launched this Android app. Since its initial release, it has undergone a number of updates and works well with its website. Producteev is appropriate for individual or team use. Within Producteev, you can setup workspaces and then within those workspaces organize tasks by labels. For each task you can assign a priority, due date, and share with team members.

Producteev is probably one of the more detailed or complex task management services, since it is coming from a web based service. The app will allow you to filter your tasks by seven different components. The app only has two different widget sizes for the home screen. The app works offline and syncs in the background with Producteev. If you want/need a web interface for your task or to do lists, Producteev is an excellent option.

Tasks N To Dos - To Do List (Free)

Tasks N To-Do's - ToDo List has two versions, one free (ad supported) and one paid version. The paid version has no ads and a number of other features, such as ability to add photos and backup/restore lists, and even add it to a map. When you first open the app, you are presented with a summary screen of your task lists. To see the specific tasks for each list, you simply swipe your finger across the screen. The user interface is very easy to use and figure out. For each task you can assign a due date, reminders and priority.

Tasks N To-Do's - ToDo List uses color coding to help organize and highlight tasks. If a task is set as urgent, the background is shaded red. A task’s priority is set by different colored stars. You can easily add details to every task and even indent your notes. The app allows you to select the sync mode and will connect to your Google account. The app has been optimized to work on Android phones and Honeycomb tablets.

ToDo List Task Manager -Lite (Free)

ToDo List Task Manager also comes in two versions, one free (ad supported) and one paid version. The paid version has no ads and a number of other features, such as exporting your lists and the Toodledo.com Sync add-on. Toodledo.com is a web-based task management service. When you first open the app, you are given a list of all your tasks. To get more specifics of that task, just click on it and a new window will open, showing all the details. When adding a new task, you can edit and adjust its status, due date, priority level, category, alarm and if it repeats.

ToDo List Task Manager has the option to view all tasks on a full screen calendar. There is a small manual online for those who need it. The app does offer a lot of options. You can adjust font size, colors, calendar colors, default values for numerous items, and even the priority system. You can choose the priority system, such as numeric, Covey, MoSCoW, Eisenhower, ABCDE, and so on. There are also eight different sized widgets you can use on your home screen.