At least once a week I get an email from a curious reader asking me which smartphone app they should use for 1MTD or MYN tasks, or just for email in general. I’ll answer that in this in this article.
I have a few questions for you first:
Do you use 1MTD or do you use MYN instead? That’s a really important question.
And the next question is this: if you use 1MTD, are you planning to upgrade soon to MYN?
And finally, are you committed to managing tasks in Outlook when at your desk, or is that not a requirement?
Alright, let me explain why I ask these and what choice-answers come out of these.
Use Neither 1MTD or MYN
First, by the way, if you use neither 1MTD or MYN, and just want a good email app, then I say just continue to use the native mail app delivered on iPhone or Android. They are probably your best choice. The Outlook app is also good, but I see no huge advantage to it compared to the native apps.
Next, if you are a 1MTD user, and do not intend to update to MYN and are not commited to using Outlook tasks, then I say consider using Microsoft’s new To-Do app. It’s simple and identically designed on iPhone and Android (and on Windows, Mac, and the web). And it’s free. See my training on this app at this link.
If you are a 1MTD user and you DO think you will advance on to MYN in the near future, then here is my app advice:
- If you are fairly commited to Outlook tasks, and use Exchange or Office 365 business, or Outlook.com, then use the TaskTask app on iPhone, and the Nine app on Android. Both of these are strong apps that work well with Outlook/Exchange tasks. And they both have a good upgrade path to MYN. Read about TaskTask here, and about Nine here.
- If you do not care about Outlook tasks, and perhaps don’t even use Outlook/Exchange (or do), then look at the mobile apps that come with Toodledo. They are strong and flexible and also offer an excellent upgrade path to MYN. They can be used with Outlook email or any other email.
Finally, if you are a dedicated MYN user and use Outlook/Exchange or Outlook.com, the choice is simple: use TaskTask on iPhone, and Nine on Android. Both of these are strong apps that work well with Outlook/Exchange tasks. Read about TaskTask here, and about Nine here.
Also on the iPhone, consider using Preside. It formats well for MYN Tasks and has a great email system in which you can convert emails to tasks in it, and set email categories.
Also on the iPhone look at GoodTask 3. It’s a tasks app that syncs well with Outlook through the iPhone Reminders app.
And MYN users, if you are not committed to Outlook tasks, and perhaps don’t even use Outlook/Exchange (or do), then look at the mobile apps that come with Toodledo. They are strong and flexible and can be used with Outlook email or any other email.
Apps for Email
What apps to use for email? Normally I recommend using the native mail apps on your smartphone. Note that all the apps above I listed mainly due to their TASK capability.
That said, Nine is also a mail app and is the best combined choice for Android, especially since you can convert emails to tasks on it, use email categories, and set it up well for 1MTD or MYN tasks.
On the iPhone, Preside is a really good email app and you can convert emails to tasks on it, set categories, and it also sets up well for both 1MTD and MYN tasks.
Hope that helps!