Daily Android App: GGLTasks

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GGL Task

Continuing my To-Do app showdown, today’s review is for GGLTasks by Negorp. But first, here is a reminder of the criteria based on which I made my choices:

  1. An attractive and easy to use interface. This may seem silly, but a boring or dull interface isn’t going to make me want to use the app, so if it’s attractive, I will be more likely to use it. Ease of use is also a must. I don’t want to take five minutes to add a task.
  2. Cloud synching/online backup. The last thing I want is to lose all my tasks if I lose my phone.
  3. Compatible with third-party apps or have a desktop program. In this day, people use more than one device to access their email, texts and twitter feeds. ToDo‘s, to be useful, should be the same. We’ve all had that moment when we think of something but don’t have our ToDo list to hand.
  4. Free to use. I don’t want to be paying a monthly subscription to have to use a service. Ideally, I’d like the app to be free too, or at least a reasonable price (under £2.00/$3/€2.50)
  5. collaborative lists. Living with a young family with lots of appointments and tasks to complete, collaborative lists are a useful feature. My wife can make a list of chores she wants me to do and they will alert me when they need doing. If she texts me, tells me over the phone or first thing, I can guarantee I will forget before I put the phone down. With an app on my phone to remind me, this is much less likely.

1 – Interface:

GGLTask has a very simple and clean interface. Upon first opening the app, you will be shown the dashboard, which gives you an overview of all your tasks and folders. At the top of the screen is a text box so that you can start adding tasks straight away. These can then be clicked on to add further details such as what list, tags and priority they should have.

Main Screen
Main Screen

GGLTasks comes with a simple widget that allows you to view your tasks and their due date and a button to add a new task which opens the app. Reminders appear in a box which gives you a good amount of detail and allows you to close the app, snooze the reminder or open the app to edit or complete it.

2 – Cloud sync:

GGLTasks (short for Google Tasks) syncs automatically with Google, so the sync is reliable, fast and accessible from any device or app that can access Google Tasks.

3 – Third party apps:

As GGLTasks syncs with Google, you can access your tasks through web browser and any other app which uses Google to sync, so there is no third-party api needed.

4 – Price:

There are two versions of GGLTasks on the Play store, one free supported by ads, one without adds at the lofty price of £0.74 ($1.18/€0.88). Obviously, there is no charge to use Google.

5 – Collaboration:

GGLTasks doesn’t strictly have collaboration, but Google Tasks can be emailed to anyone through the web app (which is part of the email Web app). Emailing can’t be done through the app, but it can be done, where it will be sent as a bullet point list.

Conclusion:

GGLTasks is a very simple app which both looks simple and can be used simply. It’s by no means the most sophisticated app that I’m reviewing, but it does fit the bill. If you are not after a complicated or high-end app, or want to find an app that uses Google as a back-end, then this app is for you.

GGLTasks is available through the Play Store.

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