Rather, to-do list apps, as in plural. Not only do I use the built-in Reminders on my iPhone I’ve created a collection of to-do and list apps ad nauseam. Few combine styles and substance, which is what sets Clear apart.
The Easiest List, To-do, Notes
The problem with all these to-do and list apps, and their cousins, the reminders apps, is the interface is more trouble than the reminder is worth.
Even Apple’s Reminders app takes multiple steps to enter a reminder, note, phone number, or to-do item, and then set an alarm.
For iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 users, Siri helps to dispose of some of the extra effort required to enter the reminder or alarm or to-do item.
But Siri sometimes requires additional effort and steps just to make sure she gets accurately the information you gave her. No so with Clear.
Clear’s interface is gesture based. Tap Clear to open. Tug down or pull on the screen to enter a new item.
Enter the item name and you’re good to go.
Clear also makes it easier to complete a list item or remove an item from the to-do list.
Simply swipe the item and it’s marked as completed. Pinch in to change an item on the list.
If you’re looking for more functionality then look beyond Clear. The idea is to get information onto a list as quickly as possible.
Only Siri would be quicker, but Siri needs to be watched closely. That said, one thing Clear is clearly missing is an option for an alarm or audio reminder (Siri would be nice).
The key to using Clear is to know exactly what it does and doesn’t. Use it for quick reminders, lists of to-do items, quick notes, even shopping lists. Few iPhone apps are faster at taking list items and displaying items.