For the record I’ve been a long time Things lover, however I can’t help but ignore that Reminders has flourished over the past few years.
So last week I decided to give Appel Reminders another go, and today is the first day that I can honestly say I’ve not opened Things, and I’m not sure I won’t flip flop again back to Things.
What I love about things
- The overall design and consideration, it is beautiful and a joy to use for the most part
- Keyboard navigation is second to none
- Email to things for task entry
- iPhone widget has high levels of density (5 items v Reminders 3 for the small size)
What I don’t love about things
- No ability to show without fussing about a single list of things that are due today, and also due in the next few days or weeks. You can fiddle about with multiple windows, but that is a pain, come on! (reminder does this)
- Inbox, I don’t see the need for inbox, it just annoys me that I have to switch to another folder to see these tasks only to then give them a date and move them elsewhere. Give me the option to add new tasks via import or other sources to today and I”ll figure it out (reminders does this)
- Don’t tell me I have new tasks and ask me to click ok to make the prompt go away, this is over the top and just annoying. Let me turn this useless notification off (reminders does this)
- For most of my tasks, I’d like reminders by default, so I need to create a task, set a due date, then set a reminder, one extra step that shouldn’t be required (reminders does this)
- No Siri support on MacOS at all
What I love about reminders
- Siri “Remind me about this” works for many apps across iOS and MacOS, from Outlook through Safari, this is a killer feature, understand this is likely an Apple feature lock in
- Integrated, always available and simple
- Shared task lists with family and others
- Siri support on MacOS
- Natural lanugage processing for dates when entering
- A far more reliable Siri experience
What I don’t like about Reminders
- Overall UX design is nowhere near as wonderful, it is not a delight to use, but many features are
- It gets a bit ugler when you add tasks with attachments or URLs, would be nice to hide these in the task view
- Keyboard navigation isn’t quite the same as Things, but good enough with Siri improvements
I’m not complaining about my investment, however it is long time for the next generation of Things 3 given it’s first release was in 2017, some 6 years ago. I also appreciate that Cultured Code has maintained the product along the way with various improvements when trackpad support was added to iPad and Shortcuts came out.
It’s going to be hard to justify the upgrade cost from Things 3 > 4 if this is ever a thing, obviously depends on the capabilities and wonderment, but US$80………
But for me the key thing is today I was in Outlook on my Mac, I asked Siri to remind me about this message in 2 weeks, and it did, a new reminder item with a link to the email message…….