Forum Review: SmartTime for the iPhone

Smarttime Forum Review by msbaylor (see forum post for video highlight!) For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum!

The SmartTime application is a simple yet complex to-do application.

When creating a task/event, you have multiple options, including color category (6 choices), duration, deadline.

By tapping on the blue circles next to title, duration & deadline, you will be given more options for each correlating section. In the title/description section details (pic above), you have several shortcuts that enable quicker entry. You also have the ability to insert a location (Where), if you do this, when viewing the event, you can send it to the Maps App, and it will route you to your event, etc.

There are 3 different views - Smart, Calendar, & Focus.

The smart focus view (my favorite) basically shows all your upcoming events & tasks in one view. The tasks are represented by a bar that is half the width of the screen, and events are the whole width of the screen. The color indicates a certain category that you can change to suite you. The circles indicate a deadline - if there is a red dot with an exclamation point, it means it is overdue. If there is a an orange circle with a '0' in it, it means it is due that day. If the circle is green and has a number in it, that means the task is due in that number of days.

The Calendar view shows your events & tasks (if it has a deadline) in the corresponding day and time. The Calendar is quite easy to navigate. By swiping your singer across the screen you go from day-to-day, by moving your finger up and down you move through time (dun dun duuun... ;) ). One of the two problems I found is located in this view, it you have a large event that covers a large amount of time and you are trying to move the calendar around, if you antecedently touch the event and drag you finger around, the event will also drag (see example in the long video.) The other issue is, if you tap an item, you cannot change views. You have to tap 'defer' then cancel before you can change the view.

The focus view basically displays what you have due today and what you have already completed today. You also have the option in this view, to view the history of completed tasks.

The small magnify glass in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen in any of the 3 views, by tapping on it, it allows you to apply a filter in order to find a certain task or event. This is fantastic if you have a bunch of to-dos and your looking only your urgent to-dos (I have mine color-coded red).

In the Smart & Calendar view, when you click on en event/task, you are given the option to mark it done, defer, copy the task/event, share event/task, or show in map app.

This is a very well done, and I don't see why it shouldn't be a paid application. The only reason I don't give this app a perfect 5 is because of the two issues I had that are explained above.

Pros:

  • Complex, yet simple
  • Color-coding categories
  • Option of task or event
  • Nice and easy UI
  • FREE

Cons:

  • Home & Work schedules can make things confusing when scheduling events/tasks (view video)
  • Easy to accidentally move items around in calendar view.
  • Can't change views once you have selected an item, unless you cancel out of a screen correlating to the event (see video)

Forum Review Rating

TiPb Forums Review: 4 Star App

[Smartime is available from the iTunes App Store]

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Forum Review: SmartTime for the iPhone

6 Comments

The solution to one of your problems is to simply tap the task again to deactivate it. This let's you change views again without having to do the "defer, cancel" method. Great app, and it sounds like they want to put a lot more work into it.

In the Dutch iTunes store, this application is offered in three flavors ("organize your iPhone", "organize your lifesyle" and "organize your tasks"). Each costs 7.99 €.

I miss info about reminders/alerts, views which cover more time like a week, month. Recurrence. Sync. Tags. Settings.
Interesting concept.

I want to be able to change the project names, and as far as I can tell you can't. I also don't like the work/home thing. I also have a hard time convincing myself to spend $10 to get google sync (moneys tight right now). Other than that it looks like a great program.