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Review: Total Agenda

One of the things that’s always frustrated me about Google Tasks is that it’s mercilessly tethered to other Google services. You cannot access it by itself; it’s either present through Gmail, Google Calendar, iGoogle or throwing https://mail.google.com/tasks/ig into a Chrome application window.

This carries over to Android; while there’s no shortage of apps that support Google Tasks, finding one with polish that has Calendar functionality was pretty difficult. However, Total Agenda is fulfilling my needs beautifully; it’s useful, stylish and has replaced Google Calendar’s default app as the premier organization tool on my phone.  

What sets it apart is its emphasis on streamlining the task creation and editing process; I’m definitely as fan of this, as I prefer to do as little typing on my phone as possible. Tasks can be created quickly by hitting the “add [checkmark] button beside the day you want the task to be associated with. As explained by the middle screenshot above, most of the screens that would be traditionally accessed by a “properties” menu inside an individual task listing are instead shunted to the front. This minimizes the amount of clicking around a user has to do in order to manage their tasks.

The app also has the primary “calendar” functions, such as reminders and repeatable events support. This app is primarily made to be used with Google Calendar, so things sync both ways nicely. My only complaint so far is the unintuitive nature of the time-and-date sliders, as pictured above. It’s very difficult to input a precise time on your first couple tries, and definitely needs patience to work around.

Total Agenda is still in Beta, which makes me cringe a little. However, the developers at least have the decency to release their app for free with no type of advertising involved [update: the newest update has brought some ads]; this gives us a clean product to work with until they finalize everything.

Total Agenda is a free download from the Android Marketplace, and is worth your time if you use your phone’s calendar for any stretch of time.

Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app guy, and needs to start using this app a little more rigorously in his daily life. You can follow him on Twitter for more musings.

  • Anonymous

    Is this the same one that was on Windows CE/Pocket PC/Windows Mobile? I used that version for a long time. It was a great time saver and a huge improvement over the default offerings. I’ll check this out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

    It works for me so far. I may buy it depending on how the initial non-beta release works and how much they charge for the paid app.

  • http://twitter.com/GaryRandom G L

    I’m using Jorte atm but I’ll give this a try

  • digsoreos

    There doesn’t seem to be a way to change the day-month setting to month-day. For those of us in the United States, 1/5 is January 5th, not May 1st.

    • Jduffy118

      completely agree. hopefully it gets changed

    • Rborree

      It has posted calendar events on the wrong days and didn’t post some…, it is pretty much unuseable…, i sure would not trust it…, 75% of my calendar items were posted on the wrong days, weeks and months.

      • Budcar38

        Exactly my point about Matt’s reviews.

  • Budcar38

    I need to overcome my hatred of anything Matt writes. It all seems so empty, useless, and boring.

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Love you too <3

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  • Orangegentleman

    I remember using this in all my palms from 2004-2008. It was solid on the palm with outlook syncing. I’m going to give it a shot.

  • Anonymous

    For whatever reason, I used Google Task when it first came out but later forgot it existed!

  • Anonymous

    Donald Glover, isn’t that the guy from Community?

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Yes sir. Going to see his concert/comedy show in Toronto on the 17th.

      • Anonymous

        CHILDISH GAMBINO!

  • Ploskonka 1

    Nice review. Will try it. Was using astrid but it got clunky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/plattrob Rob Platt

    Why can’t I have 1 task system. gmail + evernote + android + sticky notes

    • Anonymous

      Agreed :)

      I also wish Google fully integrates Google Tasks as part of the synchronisation so that we can avoid using 3rd party app. I really do :)

      • Anonymous

        Nice article. :)

        Does it support Exchange calendar as well?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

          It does for me. It integrated all of my calendars.

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    Random question. How did you find out about this app?

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      PR E-mail that I actually took seriously.

      • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

        Okay sweet. I think i got the same E-Mail last night.

        • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

          This was like, two-three months ago.

          • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

            Haha. Weird, I just got it last night. :(

  • Jim Dandy

    This guy needs more air time.

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      You’ll be seeing a lot more of me two weeks from now. :)

  • Anonymous

    Taskos is nice.

  • JT

    Until the official GTasks is out, I might give this a shot. (otherwise rocking gtasks by dato)