The average smartphone user checks their device more than 100 times a day, according to a recent study. With so many apps and services vying for our attention, it’s hard to keep track of the truly important tasks. And no, taking care of your Clash of Clans village isn’t one of them.
In true 21st century fashion, the solution to information overload is, well, more notifications. A plethora of apps have sprouted in recent years, promising to remind you of everything that needs remembering so that you never forget to complete an important task again.
ClickMe, founded by Oded Cohen and Dor Levin, is one of those apps. The simple premise is to create reminders in just a few taps: one tap to open the app, another tap for the reminder name field, and one last tap on the time frame in which you’d like to be reminded (one hour, one day, and so forth).
Another way ClickMe attempts to speed up reminder creation is by using little popup windows that appear at times when the app thinks you might want to create a reminder. For instance, every time you finish a phone call, a little ClickMe panel pops up and offers to create a reminder for the contact you just had a chat with. The same interaction takes place after you take a screenshot. It’s neat, but can be a hassle if setting reminders after every call isn’t your thing. ClickMe apparently knows that as well because they provide an option in the app settings to turn the prompts off.
Hands-off or hands-on?
There are two approaches to smartphone reminders: the way Clickme handles them, as hands-off notifications, and the way Wunderlist and a variety of other apps do — namely, creating lists of tasks with an option to set up alerts. Even though ClickMe provides a list of reminders, it’s in a side drawer and clearly not the main purpose of the app. While the hands-off approach is more friendly, as it doesn’t require you to manage your tasks, some users will prefer the less intrusive design of the various list apps.
Many smartphone users currently handle reminders through virtual personal assistants like Siri, Cortana or Google Now to set up notifications using voice commands. This can sometimes be an inconvenience, especially if you’re in situations where talking to your phone would be frowned upon. There usually are ways to type in reminders, but they are slightly slower than ClickMe’s solution, and never include the reminder setup prompts.
ClickMe is a neat little app that’s perfect for people who are reminder power users, but don’t like managing to-do lists and alerts. The app is currently available for download on Android for free.
To learn more about ClickMe, check out this video.