Look, I love app developers as much as the next guy or gal, and I have my list of favorites. Click Here to start the search.
Yet, for all the prowess you see in Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of apps, and Microsoft’s Office suite of apps, some of Apple’s homegrown apps are among the best you get (especially so considering the nominal price tag– free). Here’s another.
Lists Of Lists
Let’s say you make lists of groceries. I do. Almost everyone I know who responded to my official and unsponsored survey of family members, co-workers, neighbors, and friends said they make lists for groceries. Every one of them used a different app, too; from Notes to Pages, from Reminders to a third party app. List apps are everywhere.
One of the best you’ll find– for a price– is Grocery and John Voorhee’s does a detailed and lengthy look at one the grocery store list app you will find. Even with more features, what you get in the end is Reminders with more eye candy. Reminders being Apple’s built-in reminders app that runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch.
I view Reminders in the same vein as Clock for iPhone and iPad. Check it out in “Somebody, Please Put ‘Clock’ On A Mac.” Clock has been around for years and yet no third party app is better. More features and a price tag, maybe? But better?
That brings me to Reminders.
Here’s how Apple describes Reminders:
Use Reminders for projects, groceries, and anything else that you want to keep track of. And, with iCloud, keep your reminders up to date across all of your devices.
That’s not enough. Reminders on iPhone and iPad also responds to Siri to create reminders or view a specific Reminders list or reminder. Use Reminders on Apple Watch; both to view and create.
Reminders looks positively simple, but actually packs plenty of geeky power, including notifications; reminder-based and location-based.
Need to be reminded to pick up your dry cleaning at 10:00 a.m.? With Reminders, you can set notifications that alert you when reminders are due, or when you arrive or leave a location, like your home or work.
Other than a few minutes to get familiar with some of the basics, then a little more time to try the features, there is nothing to not like about Reminders. First, it’s free. Second, it’s easy to setup and use. Third, it just works. Fourth, it syncs Reminders and lists between Apple’s major devices.
Oh, and it is easy to organize.
Want to separate your reminders into categories like work, personal, or school? Create a Reminders list to keep things organized. To switch between lists, tap the name of the Reminders list or swipe down from the top of the Reminders list.
Now, Reminders is not as pretty as Grocery and does not have all the same bells and whistles. A price tag needs to provide more than a free app, but even Grocery bases its lists off the built-in Reminders database.
Not all of Apple’s built-in apps– those that run on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch get my seal of approval (arf, arf!), but Reminders is one. Clock, too. But not Calendar, which is digital vanilla personified, though you’ll pay a hefty price to leave it behind.
Apple puts similar detail into the Clock app but for whatever reason does not have anything similar for the Mac.
Still, free is good.