I have just a ton of apps to remind me of things, to make lists, and to keep time for something. However, I still didn’t have the perfect app when it came to reminding me when to take my medications. I have to do this several times a day, so I needed something that really got my attention, that was easy to set up and yet easy to reschedule in case I was asleep or busy, and that was reliable. And, I wanted all these features in 1 app, obviously.
I found the perfect app to fill all of those qualifications and more.
Due – super fast reminders, reusable egg timers is absolutely the best app when reminding is what you need. It is reliable, easy to set up, fast to set up, and easy to add little notes to. Whether you have consistent reminders that need to be set up for a daily schedule, something that needs reminding every third Thursday, or just want to jot a little task down really fast for an hour from now, Due is the app you want.
Due is a universal app that fits a lot of information into a little space, as you can see in this photo. Each reminder has the capability of having snooze reminders that go off every minute or hour after the time passes, recurrent reminders for any amount of time or days, an alarm, and the ability to reschedule for 10 minutes (the circle), 1 hour (the hourglass), or 1 day (the calendar) from the time with the push of 1 button.
I first tried to do the same thing I’m doing with Due with the native Reminders app that is included on every iPhone and iPad. But, the problem with the Reminders app is that every time I needed to skip a day of a daily task or reschedule it, it changed the time or erased the task completely on following days. With Due, when you reschedule or totally skip a task for a day, the app just moves it to the same time the next day that you originally had it scheduled for.
Each reminder tells you when it was supposed to be done or when it is scheduled to be done, what the task is, and whether it is a recurrent task or a 1-time task, and how often the recurrent task is set for. That’s a LOT of information to fit in that small space, but Due does it with style and a minimalistic design aesthetic.
Just press the + sign on the top of the Reminders section, and Due walks you through setting up your reminder with all of these features. You can set up defaults for things like snooze and reminder bell sounds in Settings, which you can find in the Logbook section of the app.
In Settings, you can even set up what 4 times are given as easy-set buttons when setting up a reminder, like in the photo at right. Then, if you’re setting up something for lunch (whenever that is for you), you just push the easy-set time button instead of going through the dial.
To get to the recurrent settings, just press the blue arrow in your task as you’re setting it up.
This all literally takes a few seconds to do.
After you get set up there is very little to do but forget what you entered and wait to be reminded. Want to check your reminders list? Everything you want to know is right in a little rectangle on the Reminders section of the app.
When the reminder goes off, a box (like the 1 in the photo) pops up and tells you what task is supposed to happen right then or what you need to do. To reset for another time, just press that box to be taken to the app.
Whether it pops up as a box or is shown as a banner notification at the top of your screen is something you can change or set up in the Settings app for your iPhone or iPad under the Notifications section.
The Logbook section of the app stores all of the things you’ve done, so you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished. You can also easily set up the same task again in seconds. Just click the triangle to get the screen shown at right. It’s soooo easy.
The Settings are also located in the Logbook. Besides what was previously mentioned as being in Settings, you also decide how and when you want to sync with iCloud so that all of your reminders and timers are safe and secure from being lost. This is also where you would go to backup from iCloud in case you did lose your information.
Settings is also where you go to contact the developers should you have any trouble or if you just want to send some feedback or ideas to them.
Last but not least, Due also features reusable egg timers in the Timers section of the app.
Some default timers are preset for you to use or alter when you get the app. Just press the + button to add more.
You just decide something you regularly have to wait for (like dying your hair, or waiting for coffee to brew) and set up a timer. Then, when you have to do that task, just flip the switch at the right and your timer is set in less than seconds.
Due is a powerhouse app in a compact framework. It is quite literally amazing how much it packs into such a small space on the iPhone. The iPad version obviously spreads out a bit and has more room, but I’ve found that I use it on my iPhone most of the time because it’s always with me.
At $4.99, you may find Due to be a little pricey. But, I assure you that it is worth the price if it is something you will use a lot. It’s less than the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks and the same amount you might spend mindlessly on many other things. But, Due is something you will use and use again. That is defintely worth the price of admission for the work these developers did.
That’s it for me today. Until later, …