When it comes to keeping track of everything, I've run the gambit. Whether it be handwritten journals, post-it notes, Evernote, Remember, Microsoft Outlook at work, or other third-party applications on my BlackBerry I have tried quite a few to juggle all of my tasks and to-dos whether they be personal or with a group. The whole reason for me purchasing a BlackBerry all those years ago was to keep me organized and be more efficient. That is where TodoMate comes into play.

Recently, TodoMate rolled out a new version in BlackBerry World and it was only fitting that I give it my full attention. Now I know there are many of you out there willing to say that other task management applications already possess these capabilities, but TodoMate goes where others have faired poorly. When it comes to being able to sync and collaborate tasks with a group or a team, this application was designed to make sure that all items in the list are shared and updated in real-time across all devices (BBM users) that are included in the list.

In terms of functionality, TodoMate performs as a task and to-do list. Users can create, edit, delete, add items, and mark items complete as well as create sub-tasks to be performed within a list. For example, I could quickly create a Grocery shopping list and then proceed to input everything I need. As I shop, a simple tap ticks off each item on the list. Items can be deleted with a press and hold and selecting delete from the action menu.

If we were to apply this to a workplace environment or even if we decided to share this list with the entire family in the supermarket, this is where the collaborative features come in to play. For anyone who has TodoMate installed on their BlackBerry 10 device all you have to do is tap and hold on a list and share with your friends, co-workers, or family. It will detect who in your BBM contact list has the application installed and they will populate the box accordingly for you to choose from. Each person you collaborate with is assigned their own color, which is displayed with a tiny indicator to the right of the item. This makes it easier to see who created or is responsible for which task.

When it comes to security, the application does ask for BBM and Device PIN permissions. This is used to establish who has the application installed and to maintain the correct users to send the list information to. As there is some server back end involved the developer includes a privacy policy describing what information is collected for the application to function properly, what data they do not collect, and that it is not shared or sold to third parties. The application does carry the BlackBerry Guardian and Trend Micro logos in BlackBerry World. While no user account is required, you do need a BBM and Data connection.

The Good

  • Share items via the application / Real-Time Collaboration
  • Easy to use UI

The Bad

  • Would like to see option to add a due date or Calendar integration
The Bottom Line

This is the first BlackBerry 10 application to allow for real-time collaboration and in that respect it runs smoothly. Team members can quickly see who is assigned a task and will learn in real-time whether or not it has been completed. Whether used for small tasks or for larger projects, it may be simple but it gets the job done. ToDoMate is available for $2.99.

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