The stock iPhone Reminder app isn’t all that bad, but developers are doing a heck of a job creating some really great third-party reminder apps. Here are three of our favorites.
A good reminder app is hard to come by these days. The only thing that makes the iPhone’s stock Reminder app any good is its ability to integrate with Siri, allowing you to quickly and easily set reminders by just saying things like, “Remind me to check the laundry in 45 minutes.”
However, setting a reminder manually in the app is a nightmare compared to other reminder apps that are available in the iTunes App Store.
What makes a good reminder app then? It’s a combination of features, simplicity and ease of use. A good reminder app has to allow users to quickly and easily create reminders without a lot of friction, and this is where the simplicity of the app is important. If it’s too complex, it’ll be a nightmare to use, but it also needs a healthy amount of features to become the one-stop shop for reminders. A good balance between all three of these aspects is hard to do, but some apps have managed to make it happen.
When it comes to a hard-and-fast direct alternative to the stock iPhone Reminders app, Checkmark is about the best it gets.
It’s purely a reminder app, with the ability to set location-based reminders as well. Creating time-based reminders is really quick and easy to do, taking much less time to create a reminder than the stock app.
Checkmark is still a bit more complex than many simpletons may like, but it takes way less time to create reminders than the stock Reminders app. It’s mostly the location-based reminders that can get a bit complex, as you have to add a location either by entering in an address or dropping a pin onto a map, and then create the reminder.
It’s a little pricey at $9.99, but it’s one of the best direct alternatives to the stock Reminders app.
If it’s a minimalistic interface you’re going after, then Clear is your best bet.
Clear is ultimately a to-do list app first and foremost, but a recent update added the functionality to set reminders for to-do list items, and it’s really easy to do. Just tap on Add Reminder for any one item and set a time and date.
The app relies almost purely on swipe gestures to create tasks and reminders, making it really easy to use without any complicated menus to navigate through. Swiping down creates a new to-do list item, while swiping to the right clears an item off of your to-do list. Essentially 95% of the app relies on swipe gestures.
One of the most popular all-around task management apps is Any.DO, which allows you to create to-do lists and set reminders for each item.
Any.DO also comes with a simple interface that doesn’t cut down on the feature set, so you still all of the great features that you’ll need in order to create a powerful to-do list, but it’s really easy to use at the same time.
Plus, while the stock Reminders app as the ability to create reminders with Siri, Any.DO allows users to do something similar, by creating tasks and reminders with their voice, using Any.DO’s built-in voice features that use the iPhone’s dictation tool.
The app also allows you to share to-do lists with friends and family members, alerting each user of a reminder. This makes Any.DO one of the best apps for collaborative purposes, as well as great app that does a good job of making you stay on task.