Task managers come in all shapes and sizes in the App Store, and it really lets you consider what you value most in managing to-dos on your iOS device. Do you want something that integrates categories, calendars, notes, and a feature rich experience, or do you just want to jot something down to be reminded about. To each their own, and luckily there are choices on both sides. Begin falls into the latter category by letting you quickly jump in, and jump right back out with a focus on a daily to-do list. The set-up is reminiscent of Clear with a simple gesture based interface that offers a minimalistic layout to focus on the task at hand. Begin is even simpler by just focusing on tasks for today, and tomorrow.
To create a new task, you simply pull down, and once a task is created you can swipe right to mark it complete, or swipe left to do it tomorrow. That is essentially the entirety of the app, and unfinished tasks for today are automatically sent to an uncompleted section that can be shown with a swipe up. You can also use swipes to move tasks between the different lists, and again it’s all about focusing on what you need to get done today. It’s just a simple way to jot down, and mark off what you need to do on a daily basis. The entire app is designed with iOS 7 in mind, so that there’s a clutter free screen with just a list of your to-dos. You can literally open the app for mere seconds to get the full use out of it, and isn’t that all you need from a to-do app? It works kind of like a post-it note to just quickly remember something to do. The app also includes daily reminders to check in on your to-do list. Finally, there’s a light and dark theme for free, with five additional themes available for $0.99.
Begin (Free, iPhone) is for those who just want to quickly manage what they need to do on a daily basis, and every part of the design goes into that ideal. Personally, I haven’t found an app that is quicker than paper and pen, but Begin just may be it.