Astrid replacement?
July 6, 2013 4:36 AM   Subscribe

Astrid (to-do list app) was bought by Yahoo and will be shut down soon. Please suggest a replacement app? More requirements inside.

Although Astrid is much more powerful, I only need these things:
- working on Android 2.3 (web version is optional)
- it has to work when the phone's offline (due to prohibitive data charges and subpar wifi coverage)
- either syncing to the cloud or having an automated local backup or something, whatever, to make me not worry about losing all my tasks
- bulletproof reminders/notifications (not getting lost after I exit the app or reset the phone - they should stay in the notification bar until I mark the task as complete or choose to "snooze" the reminder)
- recurring scheduled tasks (eg. "every second Tuesday")
- loosely scheduled tasks (eg. "January 2014", or no due date at all)
- free or one-time payment (no subscriptions)
- possibility to add chosen tasks to Google Calendar

That's about it. I like Astrid's cutesy motivational blurbs, so something with a similar vibe would be a plus. Of course, simplicity of use and absence of bugs are basic requirements. And yes, ability to import tasks from Astrid would be very nice.
posted by gakiko to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

Been using it forever. On my phone right now, so pardon my brevity
posted by deezil at 5:19 AM on July 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

I like Abstarct Spoon's To Do List, but, in all fairness, I'm not sure if it meets all of your criteria. An Android version appears to be available here.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 6:47 AM on July 6, 2013

Best answer: We did a comparison of a bunch of these at work, might help in your search.
posted by youknowwhatpart at 6:57 AM on July 6, 2013 [10 favorites]

I use Producteev (and Trello) on iOS and desktop and love them. Producteev's Android app doesn't appear to support offline mode though, yet. Many people also really seem to like ToodleDo - I went with Producteev because the free version supports subtasks, which is a paid feature on TD.
posted by tra at 8:29 AM on July 6, 2013 comes highly recommended by the organizational app queen at my work.
posted by whitneyarner at 5:49 PM on July 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

Easy to use. Cross platform. Reasonable subscription rate for pro-features. Very GTDy.
posted by driley at 11:33 PM on July 6, 2013

Love love love Wunderlist. Used Astrid in the past but had issues syncing shared lists, so I switched and have never looked back. They've got apps for every device imaginable (even a dedicated Mac OS X app!) and a great web interface.
posted by sciencemandan at 3:41 PM on July 7, 2013

Thanks for posting this question. I am so bummed out about Astrid shutting down!

I've tried Wunderlist and it's too much for me (I just want something basic)... I tried just Google's Tasks but there's no recurring ability. I've just downloaded but haven't tried it yet.
posted by getawaysticks at 7:23 AM on July 8, 2013

I'd been getting used to before I found Astrid; right now it looks like that's what I'm going back to. (Wunderlist doesn't have start times for tasks; is elegant but underfeatured.)

It's a close-to-pure GTD implementation, which is nice, and the app is fairly polished but isn't too overdesigned. (One thing, though -- English is definitely not the first language of the dev team, and they could use a bit of help with the internationalization of various app messages.)

Bad: I had encountered some bugs with behavior of repeating tasks last year. Good: the developers were quite responsive and ultimately released a new version addressing the bug I was able to reproduce.
posted by sesquipedalia at 11:52 PM on July 8, 2013

Response by poster: For future reference: I tried out Wunderlist and, but found both lacking. I used to use in the past, but they made automatic syncing available only to paying users. So now I'm using TickTick, which is probably made by a one-person team, so I have no illusions about its longevity, but the Android app is simple, easy to use, with a very clean UI, but still has all the features I need.
posted by gakiko at 12:03 AM on July 20, 2013

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