Cozi started out in 2005 as a really great website that helped families organize their day via online calendars, todo lists and other handy tools. They’ve now moved into the mobile app space and have released both a free and paid version. The free app has ads and the premium version (no ads) currently sells for $5.99. Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at Cozi Family Organizer Premium, the very app I rely on to manage a busy family schedule.
The first thing that the user will need to do is set-up a free account via the Cozi website. Once you’ve set one up, your other family members must also do the same in order to have access to both the website and the mobile app. In my case, my wife and I both signed up to get things rolling. Once completed, you can go ahead and download the app and log into your account. From our experience, we found ourselves using the Cozi app way more than the actual website.
There are really 4 features to the app that are shared by the family members: Family Calendar, To Do Lists, Shopping Lists, and Family Journal. Each of these functions are divided into tabs at the bottom of the app.
The Calendar allows users to put various events and reminders for family related events. For us, that meant doctors visits, dinner plans, birthday parties, and evening networking events. This way, we can be in-sync when we are evaluating our calendars. You can also add into the calendar some additional notes and information in terms of who will be attending, as well as set reminders for the specific event.
The To Do lists function provides users a way to share their “honey do” lists. We’ve set-up one for shared, one for myself, and one for my wife. Its basic list management feature will sync across each of the family member’s accounts and the list can be exported to an email to share with others. Once a task is completed, the user can either cross off the task or simply delete the specific to do item.
The Shopping list function is essentially the same thing as the To Do one, and you still have the ability to share your lists within the app and via email. The primary difference is that the user can set-up different stores such as Groceries, Costco, Target, or whatever category you wish to create for your shopping needs.
The Journal feature is a super simple way to document a specific event, tag it, and record its date. This seems to be a pretty useful feature but both my wife and I maintain our own blogs, so its not something that we would use otherwise. Just think of it as a version of the Momento (Diary/Journal) app that is targeted for families.
Overall, this is one of my favorite apps on my iPhone and I’ve got about 150 apps on it at the moment. It has helped my wife and I keep track of our busy schedules along with the schedules of our two kids. We rely on the To Do and Shopping lists every week and this definitely has reduced the, “oh, I forgot” factor. At $5.99, it may be a bit steep for some (I picked it up for $2.99 sometime ago), but if you don’t mind the ads, you can always try out the Free ad-supported version first to see if Cozi works for your family.
|Title:||Cozi Family Organizer Premium||Developer:||Cozi|
|Reviewed Ver:||3.1.2||Min OS Req:||iOS 3.1 or later|