Top Five To-do Apps for the iPhone

Life is busy, but luckily iPhone users have dozens of options for apps that can help them keep track of all the things they need to get done during the day. There are dozens of to-do apps in the App Store, but we took a look at a few of the best, saving you the time, hassle, and money of downloading all the others to discover which to-do app you should download. If you’re in the market for a new to-do app, here are the top five to-do apps for the iPhone.

Reminders

If you have an iPhone, you’ve likely (and hopefully) already upgraded to iOS 5. The latest platform for iPhone and iPad actually now comes with a simple to-do app, eliminating the need for users to visit the App Store for an app to help them get things done. Reminders is admittedly very simple, and lacks any type of bells or whistles that many iOS users love in their apps. However, if you want to avoid paying for an app, and simply need a few lists to manage your tasks, Reminders is an easy solution.

Clear

I’ll admit I was skeptical of Clear, one of the newest to-do apps on the market. Clear has been getting quite of bit of press lately since its launch a few weeks ago, but for good reason. This app, which functions entirely based on swiping, tapping, and other gestures, is beautifully designed and incredibly intuitive. The design of the app is essentially three layers: settings, lists, and tasks. By swiping up or down, you can navigate between these layers, or tap on an item to access a setting, a specific list, or a task. The app comes loaded with instructions to walk you through how to use it, so you’ll want to spend a few minutes playing around with Clear to understand how to pinch, pull, swipe, and tap to use Clear. While the app is well designed for iOS users, it does not sync with other platforms and lacks other features we found in other to-do apps, like Voice to Text. However, if you’re a fan of apps with great UX and UI, Clear may just be what you’re looking for in a to-do app, and can be found for $1.99 in the App Store.

Orchestra

While Clear has a beautiful design, Orchestra may be one of the most functional to-do apps. Recently named Lifehacker’s #1 “best to-do app,” Orchestra features the ability to add tasks by typing or by voice-to-text, which is incredibly useful when you can’t use your iPhone keyboard, such as when driving. You can also add tasks by email, or add other people to your tasks — even if they don’t use the app. Orchestra also syncs with your Web browser, which is a feature I find necessary as I’m not always near my phone (though everyone thinks otherwise). This to-do app also features the ability to organize tasks by category, filters, and due dates, making it easy to access the type of tasks you’re working on other than just by lists. For those of you looking for advanced features in a to-do app, or are looking for more organizational features more than a great design, Orchestra can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

Wunderlist

Another great option for those who love to sync their apps across multiple devices or the Web is Wunderlist. Unlike Orchestra, however, this to-do app not only syncs between your iPhone and the Web, but across devices, such as your OS X or Windows OS (as long as you have the app installed there, too). Wunderlist also features the ability to create lists, as well as specify due dates and add reminders for upcoming tasks. Users of the Wunderlist app can also track tasks via email. For those who don’t always have their phone nearby but don’t necessarily want to open their Web browser, Wunderlist is a great to-do app for the iPhone.

2Do

If you’re looking for a comprehensive to-do app for your iPhone that integrates a great UI, lists, categories, reminders, and the ability to sync with your calendar, 2Do may be the the app for you. This app can sync with Dropbox, use location based alerts, use Siri to add reminders, add password protection, and even schedule tasks. The UI is also impressive, with the ability to see lists as tabs, as if you were using a notebook. This app may be more than you need, but if you have a lot to do and need something comprehensive to manage your busy life, 2Do can definitely help you get the job done. Of course, an app like this isn’t free — be ready for the $6.99 price tag in the App Store.

Do you use a to-do app on your iPhone? If so, what’s your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Top Five To-do Apps for the iPhone

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  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaNoyce Joshua Noyce

    i use and love clear everyday

  • Matthew Cheung

    Great article! I like using Clear and use it very often. One thing I don’t like about it is that you can only enter in a limited number of letters/words per task which is inconvenient for me at times. I have not tried Wunderlist yet but it sounds interesting. I will be sure to give it a try :)

    • derrick

      You should try Q (kyoo). Exactly what you are looking for. Same gesture-based interface as Clear but without the limited functionality.

  • Martincarr98

    I think its a great app 

  • http://pretenseofknowledge.com/ speedmaster

    LOVE clear. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/WinMacLinTechie The WinMacLinTechie

    Wunderlist is the best

  • Davko79

    Errands is the best iPhone todo app I’ve found.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1813155844 Antim Evtimov Batchev

    I really love these apps… I dont use them much because i am more of a remember guy xD … its good and i really like to organize myself but sometimes i even forget on organizing a to do list 

  • Joe Izzard

    Springpad, Simple to use and does more than just to-do’s. They have a online version and an App. Plus, it’s Free.

  • Dyah Utami

    TaskThis. You can arrange shopping list, project, event, and it’s free

  • http://twitter.com/rogerhoyt Roger Hoyt

    Wunderlist for the win.  Cloud capability a Double Plus.  Two Thumbs Up.  Or how ever you’d prefer.

  • http://twitter.com/ChazBostonToGo ChazBostonToGo

    ListBorough is new. Group shared lists. A free list app that allows more than 1 person to interact with the list.

  • Brian Miller

    This app is great and has a mind blowing UI. App is Orderly and quite a new one. You should check this one out.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/orderly/id506632088?ls=1&mt=8

  • derrick

    I’ve used Reminders, Clear, 2Do and Any.Do. By far the best I’ve seen so far is Q (kyoo). Combines the best features of all of the above in one simple, elegant package.