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TickTick 3.0 Review 2016 – Android

This TickTick 3 review is the third review of such multi-platform todo list apps that I have done in as many weeks.  Together with Todoist and Swipes it makes up the Trilogy.  Does it deserve it’s place among such hallowed company, oh yes!

TickTick 3.0
8.3 Reviewer
Pros
• Simple interface
• Competitive feature set.
• Elegant for moving tasks
• Effective creation of smart lists
• Calendar view in TickTick 3.0
Cons
• Limited Subtask functionality
• Limited integration with other apps
Bottom Line
TickTick is a highly competent multi-platform task manager that can stand with the big dogs in this arena. It provides a simple and elegant way to manage one’s tasks on the go, while still retaining a comprehensive feature set.

Introduction

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If you do a Google search for TickTick you will see it come up with the following description “TickTick is a cross-platform to-do list app & task manager helps you to get all things done and make life well organized”.  There are no grandiose claims, merely a simple description of what it does.

However, there is actually quite a lot going on behind TickTick’s unassuming facade with functionality that rivals some of the best multi-platform Todo list apps.

In this review I will be reviewing the Pro version which has a subscription fee of $1.99 per month.  For details between the free and fee based model refer to the TickTick Pricing section in this review.

 

 

TickTick 3.0 User Interface

With TickTick, you will be dealing with two screens.  These are the Overview screen and a Task list screen.  The former gives you a selection of task lists that can be viewed such as Inbox, user defined lists or Calendar view.  Clicking on any of those you will bring you to the second screen which is the list of tasks in the Inbox, user defined lists and so on.

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TickTick Overview Screen

Everything in the interface is pretty simple and easy to get to grips with which is exactly what one wants from a mobile interface.  It should not be too cluttered or labour intensive to do simple organization of the tasks.

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TickTick Task List screen

In the task screen, entering tasks is quick and simple.  Either enter the task at the bottom or hit the microphone at the bottom right to dictate the new task.  Note that network access is necessary for the voice dictation feature to work.  If you don’t have mobile data, an alternative is to use the Google keyboard dictation function.

So, User Interface wise, clean and simple.  Let’s now move on the functionality of this interface.

 

TickTick 3.0 Features and Functions

When it comes to any mobile todo app, there are only a limited number of things that the app needs to get right.  For me, these are listed below.

  • Fast task entry on the go
  • Fast manipulation of the tasks between lists
  • Easy addition of labels, tags, or defined dates for tasks
  • Quick and easy view of what is to be done given your current context

I give these things priority because of the nature of the platform.  We are dealing with small screens and keyboards on the go and sometimes even in motion.  It is difficult and frustrating if a lot of user intervention is needed to accomplish simple tasks given those interface restrictions.  Let’s see how TickTick fares with these simple requirements.

Fast task entry on the go

One key differentiator for TickTick is that it has voice entry front and centre for new task entry.  This is activated by hitting the little microphone button on the bottom right of the screen.  This is a great feature for recording tasks on the go.  However, note that this requires data access over the internet.  If you don’t have that, fear not for one can still resort to the Google keyboard which has similar voice to text functionality but can be fully utilized offline.

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TickTick Voice to Text function

 

Fast manipulation of the tasks between lists

I really like the way that TickTick enables users to move tasks from one list to the next.  I have seen other apps struggle with this.  In my Todoist review for Android, I seen that it took 5 stabs at the screen to accomplish this minor feat.  In TickTick, I finally see an elegant implementation.  It takes but a swipe and a list selection to achieve the same in Tick.  Not only that, this swipe functionality can be customized to the functions that you would use often.  For me, it is moving tasks but for others it may be setting priority.  The different options that can be configured for this are shown below.

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Swipes Settings

Easy addition of labels, tags, or defined dates for tasks

Like other apps such as Todoist and Wunderlist, TickTick has smart date recognition.  So, if you enter “Doctor appointment on Wednesday at 3pm”, it will recognize Wednesday and 3pm and set a reminder accordingly.  There is no need to set the dates specifically using this feature.

That said, manual entry of due dates is also not a chore.  Swiping the task to the left brings up a little window to indicate the due date.  The pre-defined options are coarse such as Today, Tomorrow and Next Monday.  However, I think this is adequate for most users who don’t need to enter an exact date or time.  I prefer such an approach as it allows single button push entry of due date instead of fiddling around with calendars to select dates and times.

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Tick Tick 3.0 Quick Dates

Another nice touch is that the quick dates can be configured.  You can select which are to be displayed, what times constitute morning/afternoon/evening and what “next week”, means.  (we all have our own definitions, especially for other people’s deadlines!).

Tags are also possible with TickTick and this can be of great benefit for smart lists which list all the tasks associated with each tag.  One idea that would be nice is to include the frequently used tags in the Quick dates window so with one swipe, the tag and quick dates options are immediately accessible.

 

What is to be done given your current context

There are a few ways to skin this cat with TickTick.  I start off with the basic two.

  • Context based Project naming
  • Tags for location
  • Location based reminders

Location features can provide reminders when arriving at location.  Need to select the task then set location for that task.  Would like general setting for all context based tasks so you see the relevant tasks for where you are.

Other notable features to mention

TickTick integration is limited compared to other options such as Todoist, but it is possible to link your TickTick to Other Calendar apps such as Google calendar.  This enables your Google or Outlook calendar to read the tasks created in TickTick.

If you wish to import your tasks from another Todo list app there are a few options available such as from Toodledo and Wunderlist.  Unfortunately, no specific mention of csv import is documented although I did stummle upon this thread that describes csv import for TickTick.  If it is now officially supported I hope the guys at TickTick can update their documentation accordingly.

Platforms

TickTick has broad platform support, totaling 10 different platforms at present.  This includes native apps for the usual suspects, Android, IOS, Mac etc.  An obvious omission though is a native Windows app which competitors such as Wunderlist and Todoist provide.

 

TickTick 3Pricing

Like most task managers of this ilk there are free and paid versions.  The Pro account comes at a cost of $1.99 per month and for that you get,

  • Unlimited lists, tasks and subtasks. The free version has a fixed number of lists and subtasks – 19, and also a limited number of tasks at 99 per list.
  • Option to subscribe to third party calendars such as Google Calendar
  • Smart filter lists. This is quite important for longer lists so that you can filter for only the items you want to see.
  • Increased number of file uploads, 99 per day compared to 1 per day for the free version.
  • Calendar views.

 

TickTick 3 Review Summary

Productivity folks looking for a multi-platform task manager are increasingly spoiled for choice.  There are a few great options out there that tick all the boxes for interface and functionality and in my mind TickTick has joined that esteemed group.  It handles all the basics of task management with ease and has many power features such as location alerts, smart lists and a new calendar view.  One will not be disappointed with this choice.  To get some feel for those you can check out the Todoist review and Swipes review.  The differences between these big players now requires one to dig into the details so that I will try to do in a later article.  In the meantime, which app are you using and why?

Brendan Toner

Let me welcome you to this alcove of the internet. In this little productivity blog, I detail the trials and tribulations of trying to use my time more effectively utilising the latest productivity tools and techniques. I hope you enjoy the articles, cheers!
Brendan Toner, author of Done Before Brekky

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3 Responses

  1. Hello and thanks for the great review. I share your praise for TickTick but feel Swipes isn’t really in the same class with Todoist. I would say that Nozbe is in the same class and I would love to see you review it. I have used each of these great solutions but am staying with Nozbe. Thanks for considering!

    • Done Before Brekky says:

      Hi Michael,

      thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts. I agree there are aspects of Todoist that others still aspire towards such as the integration with other apps and the sheer number of platforms supported. That said, there are some basic points where I think other apps have the advantage such as task manipulation in TickTick. For the end user, I think it is great that there are quite a few viable alternatives out there that people can select depending upon their preferences and specific requirements. For Nozbe, it has also been around some time and actually I have already started to review it. Hopefully can publish a review on that in November or December. From first impressions, I see good support for third party integration such as evernote and cloud storage and a nice GTD style approach. What aspects of it do you see as having an advantage over the alternatives?

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