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iWill for iPhone and iWill HD for iPad

Jeff Merron, | June 7, 2011
Task managers well suited for Getting Things Done beginners

The iPhone version of iWill lacks the desktop metaphor—no music player, Web browser, bulletin board, or even cup of coffee adorns the pocket-size version (though it does have the map/GPS locator). But like the iPad version, it is a solid, if unremarkable, GTD app. If you switch frequently between an iPad and iPhone or iPod touch, it might be worthwhile to have both versions, especially with the reminder-sharing capabilities.

iWill HD and iWill may be best suited to Getting Things Done beginners. The task-management method can be complex and require a steep learning curve, especially compared to the good old to-do list. In addition, it’s not a method that works for everyone. Some other apps that accommodate GTD, such as Things, are more elegant and—at least in the case of Things—support free syncing between the iPhone, iPad, and Mac versions of the program. There’s no need to purchase packs of reminders.

The reminder purchase requirement could be considered a serious limitation for an app that features reminders as a core capability. Reminders are a key element of Getting Things Done, and while personal use of reminders will vary, having to make in-app purchases of reminders could turn into a slow bleed of funds for some users who make iWill and/or iWill HD their primary task manager. On the other hand, if you’re a beginner or not a “power” Getting Things Done practitioner, you may find iWill and iWill HD’s core capabilities sufficient and the interface attractive.


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