Wunderlist Task Manager IPhone App Review

This review refers to a version of the app released in 2011. Details and specifics of the app may have changed in later versions.

The Good

  • Easy to use
  • Streamlined interface
  • Free

The Bad

  • No monthly calendar view
  • Lacks email sharing

Wunderlist Task Manager is a free and popular productivity app that enjoys excellent ratings from iTunes users and has even received a nod as an iTunes App of the Week. The app uses cloud computing so you can access your notes and to-do lists from anywhere, including the Wunderlist desktop app for Macs and PCs. But is this the app that can help you accomplish everything you need to do?

Streamlined Interface for Managing To-do Lists

Wunderlist’s interface is streamlined and simple, which is exactly what you want to see in a productivity app. The app has a choice of several backgrounds, and each to-do list is illustrated in a simple white-and-black design. Next, to each list, you’ll see the number of outstanding items. Priority items can be starred and accessed from a separate tab, where you can also add due dates and notes. Any due dates entered in this area also show up under the calendar tab. If you don’t complete them on time, those items move to the overdue tab. You can also view your to-do items for tomorrow, the next seven days, or later dates. I also like that the app icon displays a red badge when you have an outstanding item for that day. 

A to-do list app is only truly useful when you can access it anywhere you are. An iPhone app is great, sure, but what if your phone isn't nearby? Wunderlist still has you covered: The iPhone app also syncs with the free desktop application and the web version, with your lists always staying in sync no matter where you access them. 

However, there are a few features that I think would make Wunderlist even better. A monthly calendar view would be especially helpful since it helps put dates into perspective better than a list. While the desktop version includes email sharing, that’s a feature currently lacking on the Wunderlist iPhone app. That would be a useful feature to have for sharing lists or tasks with colleagues or friends. 

A Few Notes Since the Original Review

This review was originally published in January 2011. Since that time, a number things about Wunderlist have changed that should be noted:

  • The app can send reminder notifications to make sure you don't miss an important task or event.
  • To-do lists can be shared between multiple users (great for a family or a small work team) and tasks can be assigned to individual users within the group.
  • 3D Touch shortcut menus are supported on devices that offer 3D Touchscreens.
  • Wunderlist also now offers an in-app purchase to its Pro plan. The Pro plan offers unlimited file attachments, unlimited task assignments, the ability to break larger tasks down into smaller subtasks and customization for up to 30 different backgrounds.
  • There is now an Apple Watch companion app that provides basic functionality.

The Bottom Line

Other than the few missing features mentioned previously, I could find very few downsides to the Wunderlist app. This free app is easy to use, looks good, and provides an intuitive way to keep track of your tasks and to-do lists. Those who have trouble keeping on top of their daily to-do list should definitely take a look at Wunderlist. Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. 

What You’ll Need

Wunderlist is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later. 

This review refers to a version of the app released in 2011. Details and specifics of the app may have changed in later versions.