Anyone who knows me will tell you that I always have some kind of to-do list written on a piece of paper, or on my mobile phone. I am a master in making lists…
When I upgraded my iPhone OS to iOS5, one of the improvements I was looking forward to is the native “Reminders” app. I’ve being using a free “to-do/tasks” app I downloaded from the app store since I moved from BlackBerry to iPhone but it wasn’t very sleek.
Unfortunately, the Reminders app sucks. Bad.
In order to create an item and set a reminder you go through ten steps after you launch the app! TEN STEPS
Check this out:
Step 1: Press ‘+’ button to create a new reminder
Step 2: Enter reminder
Step 3: Press ‘done’ button or Return on keyboard (why? why not have a ‘next’ button to let you now set the reminder?)
Step 4: Click the item you just created to access the reminder options
Step 5: Click ‘Remind me’ to get to this redundant screen
Step 6: Toggle ‘On a Day’ (why? is there any other option here? just present the time selection UI for crying out loud!)
Step 7: Click the ‘date’ line to actually display the time selection UI (why? why not display the date/time selection UI already?)
Step 8: Select date and time
Step 9: Press ‘Done’ button on the date selection screen
Step 10: Press ‘Done’ again on the remind me screen to finally save your reminder
So many steps to go through to create a simple reminder – I don’t think Steve Jobs would have used this app.
All this could have been done so differently:
Step 1 + 2: Press ‘+’ button to create a new reminder and enter text
Step 3: press ‘next’ keyboard button to create a reminder (or press done on top to create a task without a reminder)
Step 4: Note that the date/time selection UI is displayed by default…select a date/time and then click Done. That’s it.
That’s the kind of app I would use, wouldn’t you?