Clear Your Mind and Clear Your Task List with the Clear App

Total Score:  29.5

I am constantly searching for a great to-do list app.  I have tried and used a number of them.  All of them work if I put in the effort to keep them up.  So, why didn’t I stay with them?  I think it’s because I haven’t found one that easily lets me move tasks around, create multiple lists, and frankly is just great looking.  Clear has it all. I have been using it for both my personal and work life for about a week now and have been very pleased.  I have already recommended it to my friends – which to me is the best review I can give.

  Price Rating = 5     99 cents.  Anything under $1.00 is reasonable.  It is well designed and the designer deserves to be rewarded.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It is incredibly easy to use.  Having said that, I had to watch the video a couple of times to understand the gestures.  Now that I know them, I think it is the easiest to-do list I have ever used.

Readability Rating = 5      Great size font.   It is super easy to read.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     Yes.  It helps you prioritize and organize your lists.

 Downsides Rating =  0     I haven’t found any outright downsides to the app.  I could make suggestions that would, I admit, make it more complicated.  There isn’t a date function.  I just put the date on the task line.  There is a limit to characters, but I just abbreviate.  I am not sure if I want these things or have just come to expect them.  Neither of these issues has hampered my use of the app.  It would be nice if I could sync it with my iPad.  In addition, it would be nice if there were an iPad version.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4    This app now has over 4,800 ratings.  People are fond of the clean interface and easy of use.

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     I don’t know anyone who sails through life without a reminder list.  Why not choose one that is visually attractive and easy to use.

How does it work? 

  1. The first thing you should do is watch the video on the website.  Watch it a couple of times.  Some of the gestures are so small and elegant that it’s hard to understand how easily it works.
  2. The app opens up to a set of instructions explaining the gestures. You swipe to the right to complete a task and to the left to delete one.   I saved all of the instructions in an instruction folder.  It’s ready for me whenever I want it.
  3. You pinch two rows apart to add a task.
  4. If you pinch vertically, you shut a task list.
  5. You can add new tasks or new lists.  I currently have six task lists, some personal, some work related.
  6. You press and hold a task (or a list) to move it up (or down) in importance.
  7. The tasks at the top of your list are in red indicating a higher priority.

It is simple to use, visually attractive and helpful in my life.  It is moving to a prominent position on my iPhone screen.   Note:  It’s been a while since I wrote this and I still think the design of Clear is incredible, but it doesn’t have all the functionality I need.  I’ve moved on to another reminder app for work and find this one still the best for my simple list needs.

Devices:   This app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation) and iPad.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.    It was developed by Realmac Software, Ltd.

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