Todo: Write an article about Todoist

Further proof that I’m getting closer and closer to proper adulting is the fact I have now started using the excellent Todoist to keep track of what I need to do. I thought using my phones calendar was worse enough, but this really tips it. I now on my first steps to being a professional adulterer1.

As to why I stared using Todoist, it wasn’t out of a matter of necessity but rather an act of design. A week or so before Christmas I was awake redesigning my phone home screen2, and to get inspiration for what my home screen might look like going into 2017 I was looking at what other techbloggers I admire had for theirs.

Most of them had a todo app of some kind on their home screen. Which made sense. Most of them were men in their 30’s and 40’s, they needed to remember what things they had to do. But myself, a young virile man wouldn’t dare think of that… Except I had used my phones calendar increasingly often to remember basic stuff that I needed to do. So I cleared some space on my phone and downloaded the first todo app I found for Android, Todoist. I spent the rest of the night installing Todoist on every device I owned to get an idea on how to use it3.

I started off rather foolishly just setting myself a bunch of daily recurring tasks… completely ignoring the fact that I don’t work that way. If I have to set myself a reminder to do it everyday, I’m probably not as committed enough to do it, even with reminders. Now, I’ve started adding reminders as I need to remember them.  For example, remember to finally write about Todoist so you can add to the millions of voices also cheering about Todoist. Or that I need to install a useful extension for this site. Stuff I actually need to remember to do, not stuff I should already remember to do.

The design of the app is appealing and usable without any  manuals, a clear sign of good design. I can see why Khoi Vinh loves the app so much, not only is it good but it’s design is flawless.

So far it has been a good app to me. I just wish I could bloody tell the app my day usually ends at 4am.

  1. Wait… 
  2. Because that’s a thing I do for fun. 
  3. Although as you can see from the above screenshot… I still have no idea. 

The real issue with waterproof phones

Today Google’s new phone was released to the world, the Pixel, which is their new competitor with Samsung and the iPhone1. And already, there are complaints it’s missing the feature that is apparently becoming commonplace in smartphones: being waterproof. As the article states:

A new leak from Android Police suggests the phones will come with just an IP53 rating, which means they will be protected from ”limited dust ingress” and “water spray less than 60 degrees vertical.”

This will put Google’s new phones at a distinct disadvantage compared to the latest flagship smartphones from Apple and Samsung. Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 are all waterproof to a point, and waterproofing seems to be on track to be the new normal for smartphone durability.

But I think this mostly ignores one of the major problems waterproofing a phone: Actually using it when wet2.

My phone, a midrange Android phone I bought last year, is waterproof. And because of that, I’ve started taking it into the bath with me.

But if I touch it with wet fingers, the screen utterly freaks out, if I’m writing something there’s change the delete key will become ‘stuck’ and delete everything.

Just don’t take your phone in the bath? For me especially, it’s not as simple at that. As I’ve written multiple times, I have OCD. Combining that with germaphobia, I wash my hands a lot, which often leads to them being in a perpetual state of ‘wetness.’ Again, if I touch my phone with wet fingers, the screen does not know how to deal with this.

If anything, waterproofing phones, but also making them usable when wet, should be a high priority on the list of smartphone makers. It is essentially an accessibility issue, and the minute your phone stops becoming accessible it starts becoming annoying.

  1. Ditching the old Nexus line. 
  2. And yes, I get that these improvements are meant to help it survive a dip in the bath, but this is something that needs to be improved.