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TechMom Tuesday – Remind Me to Review Something…

Did you miss me in February? (In my defense you did get two TechMom Tuesday posts in January.)

Nevertheless, it is with a heartfelt apology that I shall now regale you with my thoughts on Apple Reminders. (Because I totally could have used a reminder for the last TechMom post. And since we’re airing confessions – I’m writing this right now because a reminder just buzzed at me from my shiny iPhone 5 toy.)

I’ve been trying to go paperless for a while now. Between the terrific toddling twosome creating confetti out of receipts and other important papers and my giant dogs who seem to believe pulped paper products are a culinary delicacy, the precariously placed post-its weren’t cutting it any longer.

Also, I was forgetting things.

Managing my tasks as work (SHOCKINGLY, I am not a professional full-time blogger), tracking family commitments, remembering doctors appointments, calendaring my blogging exploits, random to-dos, a shared honey-do list, the grocery store checklist indicating whether or not we’re out of Cheerios, and of course noting the movies that my friends seem to be so incredulous that I haven’t yet seen. (Who am I? Where are we?)

I needed something that would ideally encompass all of the above in one fabulous app.

Reminders-iPhoneAnd Apple Reminders is a standard app on all my iDevices (and my MacBook, but I couldn’t figure out a clever iPhrase for that one).

The Good:

  • It reminded me of stuff to do.
  • Integrates with Outlook tasks for work purposes. (I couldn’t test Apple Mail notes, because, well – that died.
  • I can share lists. And everyone with an iPhone already has the app. (Honey…I’ve got a great idea! Also, Clinton can cull my crazy ideas long before they’re threatening to go live on the AlliOSNews site.)

Reminders - DesktopThe Bad:

  • I am restricted to one folder (“Tasks”) for my work tasks.
  • If you aren’t a complete Apple shop, you miss out on desktop access – which could be a pretty big pain for work items.
  • There is very little space for in-depth notes about the task.

The Ugly:

  • Can you see my shopping list? We’re out of toddler snacks AND wine! (APOCOLYPSE NOW!)

Overall, Reminders is okay. It’s not great; I don’t think it sucks.

It served its purpose – blinking up reminders of the items I entered in. However, Reminders very much works best as a straight series of lists, not a comprehensive life organizer.

Now, because I know “meh” isn’t really a review you can do much with, I’ve gone a step further to look at some of the other productivity apps available.

WunderListIf Reminders is just to basic for you, check out WunderList.

It’s a free (highly rated) app that syncs across all your devices – including a Web portal and PC desktop plan – and also sharable provided your desired share-ee also has the app.

With a more comprehensive notes section as well as sub-tasks you can enter, WunderList is a much cleaner option for paperless life task organization.

If only one of the apps could now remind me what direction my iPhone toddled off… (FYI – Find iPhone app does not share which toy bin your shiny toy has been stashed in.)

Tricia

Corporate writer by day, mommy blogger by night, Tricia is raising twin toddlers – Search and Destroy. Instead of having one baby after 9 months, she had two after 6; she’s efficient like that. Tricia is a hybrid – running on coffee and chocolate. Tricia also rambles on her personal blog: Stream Of The Conscious.

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Packing Pro Chosen as Finalist in 2011 Best App Ever Competition

Packing Pro, the popular travel app for the iPhone, iPad & iPod touch by QuinnScape, has been chosen as a finalist for Best Travel App in the 2011 Best App Ever competition. Considering that there are only ten finalists out of over 15,000 iOS travel apps, this is quite an achievement. This is the fourth year that the Best App Ever competition, sponsored by 148Apps, has been held, and the second year in a row that Packing Pro has made it to the finals. Voting for 2011′s top travel app is now open and will continue until January 25.

Packing Pro has been a top-ranking travel app in the iTunes App Store since its launch nearly three years ago, reaching the top 3 in both the iPhone & iPad Travel sections for the U.S, Canada & Australia. Packing Pro has also been featured in Apple’s winter 2011 Traveling Home & summer 2009 Travel Guide promotions, and recognized by National Geographic & American Express’ Travel Leisure (two years in a row) as one of the best travel apps for the iPhone. Packing Pro has also earned glowing reviews on major tech & app blogs (148Apps, iLounge & TUAW, among others).

Packing Pro features an extensive, customizable catalog, several handy sample lists that can be used as templates, and unlimited, 100% customizable packing lists. A host of special functions include:

* Multi-item selection for speedy list building
* Collapsable categories with floating headers & running item tallies
* Numerous packing list sorting & display options
* Weight and value totals
* Send to email for print out & file sharing
* Import / export to other Packing apps and devices
* Recovery of deleted lists and categories
* Extensive in-app instructions & feedback options
* Fully customized device support for iPhones, iPod touches & iPads

Besides the core features listed above (which are also present in the basic Packing app), Packing Pro also gives its users complete control over the look and feel of the app (themes, layout, fonts, colors, textures), twice as many sample lists, a double-sized Master Catalog with over 800 items and to-do tasks, Smart Search, an Expert packing list wizard that can “automajically” help you create a customized list, and the newly introduced iTunes & email file sharing & out-of-app editing support.

Packing Pro, QuinnScape’s popular travel app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, has been honored as a finalist in the 2011 Best App Ever competition. Show your support and vote for it today!

Pricing and Availability:
Packing Pro is a universal app (like two apps in one!) that is available for purchase worldwide on the iPhone & iPad App Store at a 3rd-anniversary sale price of only US$ 2.99 (2,39 Euro), or the equivalent in local currency. The basic version (Packing) sells for only US$ 0.99 (0,79 Euro), 50% off its full price.

Get Packing Pro (Universal App) by Quinn Genzel in the App Store

Clinton Fitch

Clinton is the editor of AlliOSNews.com. He has been writing opinions, reviews, how to's and anything related to the mobile communications market since 1999. You can follow Clinton on Twitter @AlliOSNews

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