When I first switched over to the iPhone 3G from my Sony Erricson P910i (bless that phone), one of the things I missed most was the ability of programs to run in the background. My primary need on the P910i was for third party Todo apps to notify me of reminders/events via a screen pop up (along with a sound) even when they were “closed”. While the iPhone still doesn’t support apps running in the background, the introduction of the Push Notification feature with the 3.0 OS update has helped solve this particular issue. Thankfully, Appigo’s Todo (one of the most robust and fully featured todo app we reviewed here) now supports Push and users can FINALLY get instant pop up alerts of upcoming tasks, no matter what it is they’re doing on their iDevice. For those not familiar with the push feature, I have included a mini run-down on how to get it up and running with the Todo app.
Appigo, Todo, $9.99, 1.6MB
★★ NEW ★★ Task alert reminders in Todo 3.0 using Apple’s Push Notification Service (requires iPhone OS 3.0 or newer)! Not sure about Todo? Download Todo Lite (a FREE download on the App Store).
- Built using iPhone OS 3.0 SDK (iPhone OS 3.0 or newer required)
- New task alert reminders via Apple Push Notification Service
- Improved task sharing using email
- Select due date from displayed calendar dates with one tap
- Randomly select list color during initial sync with Toodledo or RTM
- Allow setting repeat option for project subtasks
- Use OR logic when filtering tasks with tags
- Fix screen redraw during and after phone call
- Fix to prevent duplicate tags
- Other minor bugfixes
First and foremost, you have to have OS 3.0 installed. Versions prior to this do not support push. When you enter the ‘Settings’ menu on your iDevice, you will see an option for ‘Notifications’.
Upon tapping it, you will be taken to a screen that shows you all the apps you have installed that have support for the Push Notification feature. As well, this is where you will be able to explicitly turn it on/off. Just remember that when it is on, your battery usage will increase somewhat.
Next, tap on Todo to bring up options to turn Alerts and Sounds on/off. If you prefer not to hear anything when the alert arrives on your main screen, just simply toggle Sounds off.
Once you’re done here, open up Todo and head to the settings page, located on the bottom right of screen (icon with gears). Find the Alerts panel and tap it.
If this is your first time using Todo 3.0, you will be prompted to enter your name and email address (with which the system will send you an email in order to activate this alert service and verify the address you provided. With this out of the way, you will then be able to choose via “Task Alerts” just how far in advance you want to be alerted of any upcoming tasks (5 mins, 15 mins…1 hour and up to 2 days before). Under Alert Sounds, you can select up to four simple sounds you want to hear when the alert arrives (Bells, data, flute and Morse).
Now when you create a task within the app and set a due date (by day and even time), an alert box will pop up according to the time frame you have selected in the Task Alert panel. So far, the push alerts have worked well for me; they pretty much arrived instantaneously and the notification box even pops up while other apps are being used (perfect for when you’re hitting that favorite game on the go and still need the reminders).
Arguably one of the best (if not the best) Todo apps for the iDevice just got better with its Push Notification function, along with the other new features. If you’re one of those users who prefer to get task/todo alerts right on your iPhone, you really should take a good look at Appigo’s offering. If you’re hesitant with the $9.99 price tag, they even have a free lite version that also supports push, just so you can see for yourself if its worth your hard earned money.
As a side note, for those who rely on Remember the Milk (RTM) (the best online to do list and task management system in my opinion) you can also have it sync to Appigo’s Todo app. Personally, I rely on RTM heavily while I am on my desktop (which is a big chunk of the day) to keep my schedule and never ending reminders in order. Being able to sync my RTM lists/tasks to Appigo’s Todo (and vice versa) is the perfect way for me to keep my tasks up-to-date even when I am on the road. As well, the push features worked just fine while items from RTM where synced to Appigo’s app. Mind you, there is an annual $25 “Pro” subscription fee just to sync Remember the milk to mobile devices. For those serious about their GTDs, $2 a month is quite a bargain.
Appigo, Todo, $9.99, 1.6MB