Review: Tick is a clever, colorful way to manage your to-do list on iOS 7

Tick is a simple, highly customizable to-do list app that effectively uses color and animation to deliver a fun and motivating experience.  Developed by Taphive, Tick was created for iOS 7 and recently updated to be more customizable, have better integration with the Reminders app, and include more animations.

I generally don’t like or use to-do apps because I consider them redundant when paired with apps like Reminders and Calendar. However, I find the fun and utterly simple design of this app makes me more motivated to use to-do lists to manage tasks.

Tick’s main interface features a set of colorful square panels. Each panel represents a list of to-dos. To create a new list, you just tap on the + button, type a name for the list, choose any one of the 64 available icons, assign a color, and tap Save. Then you click the + sign icon at the bottom of the screen to add to-dos to the list you just created.

Clever animations and transitions are present throughout the app, whether you’re checking off a completed item or moving back to the main screen. You’ll even see a special animation when you manage to complete all of the tasks on any given list.

Clicking the share icon at the bottom of a list reveals options to print or share your tasks via text or iMessage, email or AirDrop. Sliding from left to right on the main screen reveals a summary with the total number of Lists and To-Dos, and allows you to access the app’s settings.

In settings, you can choose to display the name of each list or just the icon. The app also features a night mode that can be toggled manually or set to automatically switch on at a specific time. The overall appearance of the app is so bright that I actually prefer to leave it in night mode throughout the day.

Settings has numerous other features like the ability to choose from numerous fonts, whether to vibrate or not when you trigger certain functions, and a myriad of choices regarding the app’s home screen badge.

Even the About section of Settings has a number of handy features.

I especially like the fact that the app works with the Dynamic Text accessibility feature found in iOS 7.

Additionally, Tick completely integrates with your existing Reminders app. This allows you to use Siri to add entries to your Tick lists, and keeps your lists synced across all of your devices with iCloud.

I highly recommend Tick to anyone looking for a fresh approach to getting the necessary tasks in their life and work organized. Tick is available for $1.99 on the iOS App Store.

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  1. Othman Safarini - 9 years ago

    This is one of my favourite apps, I used Reminder app that comes with iOS, But after I saw the beautiful design of this app, I bought it and still using.
    One of the features that I liked that Tick completely integrates with Reminders app so I can use iCloud to sync my lists between my Mac and iOS devices.

  2. jazlabs - 9 years ago

    “I generally don’t like or use to-do apps because I consider them redundant when paired with apps like Reminders and Calendar”.

    You must be the single person on the planet that is able to schedule every task to precise minutes in the day, never overrun, never finish early, or perhaps you spend all of your non scheduled time rescheduling your tasks when things go wrong… Thought not, you’re just not that organised.

    This comment proves you don’t understand todo apps and how they should be used. Read a book called “Getting things done” and tell me how you can achieve this level of life management with your Calendar and Reminders. What a useless comment that adds no value to your article other than proving that you’re unqualified to review todo apps.

    • sardonick - 9 years ago

      Speaking of useless comments. I use calendars and reminders daily to accomplish tasks in business. Not everybody needs a buzzword or a guru to “get things done”. Sometimes a simple little reminder or note is more than sufficient. Some people need a cattle prod, others need a wet nurse, and still there are those of us that just need a sticky note (app). Everybody does it differently, and guess what, it works, if it works for them. This app may not cater to all tastes, but the market will show them whether they hit or missed the target.

      • MuÑeCa GreÑuDa - 9 years ago

        I agree. I use the iOS calendar app A LOT. I sync all my classes to all the schools I have to go to work to. when reffering to ‘ to-do’ lists, I like using Wiklist because of the simplicity of its interface and because you can ‘swipe’ away the taks that you have finished n.n

  3. sardonick - 9 years ago

    This is awesome. It will make my transition to a windows phone even simpler, since it looks like it.