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Review: mProductive for BlackBerry

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By Ryan Blundell on 27 Oct 2010 06:06 pm EDT
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There’s nothing like being unorganized to ruin your quality BlackBerry time. What was originally thought to be some rare, uninterrupted (finally) one on one with your beloved smart phone has become a mad dash to get it organized. Your calendar doesn’t match your task list. Quick memos get lost in the shuffle. Dates for important conference calls are incorrect. You realize that when you swore a BlackBerry will help you become more efficient, that it wouldn’t do all of the work for you. As amazing as it is, it still needs you to be at the helm. Maybe you need to rethink your choice, maybe you need another device. NO! All you need is an app to keep you on the organized straight and properly filed narrow.

Last week, the mProductive application rolled into the CrackBerry App Store; and was mentioned in the weekly app roundup. I wanted to take a look at it and see if it was willing to do, with the ToDo’s, it was made to do. Phew! mProductive is designed to minimize what some may see as unnecessary steps to maintain order. Will it ease your messy mobile clutter, or will it simply add to the pile? Let’s take a look.

About mProductive

The mProductive application was developed by Basis Design Pty Ltd. In order to use mProductive, you must have a BlackBerry running OS 4.2 or higher; OS 6.0 is supported as well. You must also have the native memo and tasks apps installed (I don’t think I know of anyone who has removed these). Currently in version 1.7, the application has a file size of 602.8 KB. The application is available for $29.99 at the CrackBerry App Store, and has a 3 week trial period. The cost of the application was one of the main reasons why I wanted to take it for a test drive. I wanted to see if it was worth every penny.

Calling itself the “Ultimate ToDo List”, mProductive does offer a clean layout and colour scheme. The calming blue hued app acts as the go-to for your ToDo’s. Rather than hopping in and out of your calendar, tasks, memos and such, everything is accessible from one place. At the top, it’s one click to Messages, SMS/MMS and Calls. Below this, mProductive points out what you have going on. This section divides all entries into what’s due today, past due, due in the future and unassigned. Below this, you can quickly review the week and see which days have items associated with it. At the bottom of the screen are quick links to Search, the mProductive Memo Pad, the This Week screen, Completed Items screen, Projects, Categories and Options.

mproductive main
main menu

By default, it appears as though memos are shuffled into the Future category. Why? I don’t see any reason for it. Regardless, mProductive also groups entries by type; calendar entries, tasks, etc – making it easier to scroll through your ToDos. The application also allows you so search through, or filter items, by Project or Category. Next to each entry is an icon that is used to distinguish its status. The icons can be used to indicate the priority and/or progress of a particular entry. For example, you can see which tasks are currently in progress and which ones have been deferred. Clicking on an entry will redirect you to the native application (Memos, Task, etc), where you can review and manage items as usual.

mproductive future list
the Future List
mproductive sort
easily sort your entries

One feature I found amazing was the ability to link items. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve had to look up information from multiple places – all for one topic. Projects become just that much more time consuming to complete. With mProductive, tasks, memos and calendar entries can be “linked” to a specific project or category. This is done under the To Do Today screen. Once assigned, users can easily see all of the associated items listed under the Project, or Category, in question. No more switching between apps, no more back tracking. Unfortunately, this also means no more excuses for not getting your work done. If you’re viewing the Projects under the To Do Today screen, any linked items lists can be hidden for quicker navigation.

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assign to make your job easier

Another headache for some is creating reminders, or follow-ups, to emails or calls. I found that I could easily create a new calendar, task or memo entry from the email, sms or call. I could highlight a message, select mProductive – Assign To from the menu and voila. I’m redirected to the Assign To screen within the app. I can then assign the email address to a new or existing contact, or even assign the newly created task, calendar or memo entry to a category or project. This impressed me, as it makes updating projects, and keeping on top of reminders and new developments so much easier. Through the options menu you can automate the Assign To screen. That means an “Assign To” screen that sits too long will generate an unassigned item entry. This option can be applied to incoming and/or outgoing calls, sms or email. So even if you may forget to create an entry, mProductive will cover the basic entry.

Conclusion

As powerful as mProductive is, I still can’t get my head wrapped around the price of it. True, it can be a critical tool for staying ahead, but I can already begin to imagine the comments regarding it. That issue aside, I found mProductive to be a solid partner and a welcome team member to any project. I did find that mProductive would not appear under the All screen on my Torch, only under Frequent and Downloads. mProductive is available for $29.95 from the CrackBerry App Store and has a generous 21 day trial period available.

Pros

  • Assign calls, emails and tasks, automatically
  • Create and Manager projects
  • Amazingly easy to use UI

Cons

  • Memos initially filed under future – should be unassigned

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17 comments

ODAAT

I am gonna give it a go for a week or two as I understand what they are trying to achieve and it could be useful for my job. After that? Probably wait for a special deal. I can't imagine I'll need it that bad. I am in the UK so checked it out on App World and they are asking £23.85 which is a pretty shocking interpretation of the exchange rate. Be cheaper to get it from Crackberry Store in $ and let my bank do the maths.

AlexXF

+ Price is too high for a simple functions.
+ This is NOT GTD.
+ Tons of icons, no place for text
+ Assign to? Send to... Copy to... There is a tonn of low cost/free utilities that allow follow up action. AddOnIs for example.
+ Projects ;)? There is a trick to create your own 'Projects' in ToDo/Calendar/Memo list - just create categories, that you names as:

@Home, @Car, @Office, @Someday -- this is a contexts
=Project1, =Project2... -- this is a projects

Every task, appointment, memo can use MORE THAN ONE category.

+ This is not a 21 day trial, this is a limited demo. Some functions does not works and requires to purchase full version.

Looking to NextAction!, Viira, ToDoMatrix - all of them is highly overpriced. NextAction! is a champ in overpricing! $149.0 USD for a TWO filters and audionote records?!

... launching Eclipse to create own GTD implementation ...

ODAAT

Thanks for that. I wasn't aware of GTD or the alternative software. Am now trialling Viira- it is the same price but looks more useful and based more solidly on GTD principles.

AlexXF

Viira does not have some important things - it can't synchronize with native tasks, can't select calendar.

rob7100g

mProductive requires too many clicks to get things done. The developer is working to improve it.

FYI NextAction standard edition is only 99c at the moment:

http://software.crackberry.com/product.asp?id=6737&n=NextAction%21-Stand...

perception

I have switched from an iphone 4g to a blackberry. I love it and am happy with BB smart phones because they excel at the core functionality of being a great phone number one and great messaging number 2 and lastly the battery life will go a full day. However having come from the iphone ecosystem I am astonished at the price of apps for the blackberry. I know that these devices are considered to be for executives and the like but that doesn't mean that pricing should be so uncompetitive. Maybe the BB app world should offer an android market no questions refund option if done within 24 hours, I know that some companies offer trials but that usually means that some of the functionality has been disabled. Disabling functionality doesn't allow the consumer to try the product in its entirety and then to make and informed decision. With the impending playbook there need to be more thought given to the app world ecosystem.

blessed2bamommie

which is why I have ihate!

SenorLoco

It looks like a nice app, but at $29.99 I don't think I'll even install the trial.

awill300

And what's worst is it can not run on the Storm (9550)Not good, Not good at all

Driver82

I've been using it for a while and found its a really solid app that fills in some functionality gaps, also found that the trial limitations were pretty minor. I spend more than $30 a week on coffee so rationalizing the price was not an issue for me.

stubbornswiss

You really sound like a spokesperson for the developer.

Are you?

Driver82

haha i see what you mean, but no.

gozirra

Did they collaborate with Hanson on the title? ;)

Fit24

It seems like a nice app but I don't see myself using or needing it. I probably won't even try it.

Mike_is_Mike

This is just great. Here's yet ANOTHER app that I could ACTUALLY use - and it, of course, doesn't work on the Storm.

Is it any wonder why people are leaving in droves to the Droid platform?

Nov 23rd is my end of contract date on my Storm, and there is no new Storm to upgrade to.

Gee...... I wonder what I'll buy?

Derwent Graphite

would be a combination of LaterDude Pro and perhaps myTasks, both of which I love to use. Hope I win!

cardan08

Downloaded the trial, nice app but to expensive.