- Editor's Rating
Even though Google has built its Android mobile operating system from the ground up for a connected mobile lifestyle, managing tasks has taken a bit of a backseat to some of the other default applications.
Astrid is a freeware application for Android OS-based smartphones which seeks to rectify this.
FEATURES AND CONTROLS
After downloading and installing from the Android Market, Astrid will place itself in the main application directory. Upon opening it you will see a simple input bar to create a new task. You can just type a task and hit the plus (+) sign to record it, or start by hitting the plus sign and inputting greater details.
The first panel is Basic and has the Summary (task name) importance, associated tasks, task length, and any notes involved with the task. Note that in this screen that there is no due date – which was at first off-putting until I realized that many tasks I would input had an associated time to completion which was more important than the due date.
The second panel is called Dates and takes care of the deadline date/time as well as other items. You can enter a goal deadline, check a box to add it to your device or Google Account calendar (configurable in the settings), repeat frequency, and if you’ve already invested time on the task you have a place here to set the time you’ve already put onto the task.
The third and final panel is called Alerts and this is where you’d set reminders (periodic and fixed), and when you’d be notified (before/at/after the deadline or associated with the Alarm Clock).
Given all of these settings, it would seem that Astrid is a complicated application, but I’ve come away very impressed with it. Besides the ability to just quickly input a task, the ability to customize alarms and put in the hours to a task bodes well for contract/project management.
I also found the ability to sync with Remember the Milk helpful since there is a bit more tuning to some task notes that I like to do there.
If there’s anything that I would like to see in a future or paid version is the ability to add images, voice notes, or other audio content to tasks. There are some aspects of tasks where snapping a picture, or storing a voice note of important points would be helpful for the completion of a task where a text note is too slow of an input method.
Overall, I’d recommend Astrid Tasks to anyone looking for a solid task application. It fills in a nice slot into Android functionality, and its many options keep it both simple and versatile.