Release Date: July 17, 2012
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
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TiP Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
App Store Description:
Checkmark is the fastest way to remind yourself of all the things you have to do in your busy life. Add location or time-based reminders in seconds – in only 3 taps!
Checkmark enables you to schedule time- and location-based reminders so you’ll never forget ever again. With a slick interface and more consistent performance than Apple’s Reminders, Checkmark will become your go-to productivity app.
I have the memory of a goldfish. If I don’t write something down, chances are that I’ll forget about it. Unfortunately no one reminds me to check my Post-It notes, so I started adding tasks as events in Calendar, and eventually Reminders. But I still feel like I need something a bit more advanced. Enter Checkmark.
Don’t let “advanced” scare you, Checkmark is an incredibly easy app to navigate and utilize. It’s a productivity app that enables you to schedule location-based and time-based reminders. You can even add a time to location-based reminders.
Checkmark is exquisitely designed, with sharp iconography and a smart balance between subdued grey backgrounds and vibrant green highlights. The larger icons are varied, yet traditional, making it easy for you to determine which commands are assigned to them. Icon options include work, home, store, bank, gym, library, coffee, bar, airport, and so on.
Adding a reminder is easy; just choose the When and the Where. Adding “wheres” can be done by using your current location, typing it in manually on the map, or importing it from Contacts. Once your location is set, you’ll have the option of naming your task and adding some helpful details. You’ll also be able to set your reminder to trigger when you arrive or when you depart, as well as a wait time.
For example, when my boyfriend gets home from work he goes through his usual routine of changing, checking email, and browsing through the day’s news. All the while, the oven could have been pre-heating for the frozen pizza he plans to make. With Checkmark, he could schedule a reminder to turn on the oven five minutes after he arrives at home. This way he can change and let the oven pre-heat before settling down in front of his computer. By the time he’s done browsing, so is his pizza.
I ran into a bit of trouble while trying to find my current location on the map: Checkmark couldn’t seem to find me. Even after I dragged the pin to my exact location, it was still a few streets off. Eventually the location-finder improved and I settled for an address a block away — at least it was on the right street this time.
While this is an early version of the app, I do wish Checkmark allowed me to schedule recurring time-based reminders. Hopefully future iterations will support it. Something that almost makes up for it is the ease in which I can create location-based reminders. Once locations have been established, I can simply double tap on any of the icons to start drafting my reminder. And to delete, edit, or rearrange the icons, just press down on one of them just like on your phone’s home screen.
Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with Checkmark — even the notification sound is pleasant on the ears (as well as distinct from other alerts). Although Reminders offers essentially the same functionality, I much prefer Checkmark’s interface, and despite a bit of map trouble, the location-based reminders seem to work more consistently than those on Reminders.