App Spotlight: Things for iOS

Ever since I purchased my first iPhone, the iPhone 3G, back in 2008, there were a few apps at the time that were considered ‘must-have’ on any iPhone. One of these apps was Things by Cultured Code, and it’s still what I would consider the best GTD application for iPhone and iPad on the App Store.

Things, to me, is exactly what any average person who intends to ‘keep productive’ is looking for. I’ve tried many other GTD apps, but something always brings me back to Things. Other apps I’ve used, like Due and the newly-released Clear (which our Chase reviewed), I believe really are no comparison to Things. The way Things handles Tags and ‘Areas’ is what makes it unique for me. Between school, writing and errands, my day-to-day schedule can become quite hectic–Things allowing me to sort through my day by not just tags but also areas.

Despite Things’ somewhat affluent price tag, compared to OmniFocus–Things’ main competitor–Things could be considered almost cut-rate. However, unlike Things, OmniFocus is more complex in the way it caters for ‘power users’. As written in Things’ app description on the App Store, “Other to-do applications either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Things instead offers the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful features.”

Both Things and OmniFocus offer Mac apps too, although these are considerably more pricy than their iPhone and iPad counterparts.

I’ve recently bought the iPad client too after a long, drawn-out wait for Cultured Code to open the ‘Cloud Beta’ to the public. I’ve been using the Cloud Beta for a while now and let me just say, it makes Things even greater.

I’m not really sure Things will ever be replaced by another GTD app on my iPhone or iPad. Things makes my life easier, smoother and most of all, productive.

About Ryan Gould

Ryan is currently a full-time high school student with significant interests in technology and journalism. Twitter, coffee and music also add up to give you a complete Ryan. Having written for previous technology publications, including his own, Ryan is no stranger to the Internet.
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5 comments
AndyNico_
AndyNico_

@culturemilk @rngould nice article mate :)

PhilipBaeten
PhilipBaeten

@culturemilk @rngould Great little article. I would love if you write a piece about how exactly, as a student, you use things!

rngould
rngould

@AndyNico_ Thanks Andy. :)

rngould
rngould

@PhilipBaeten Cheers man, I'll definitely consider it!