Things is a product of Cultured Code, a German software startup. The app is intended solely for Apple users (iOS, macOS, iPadOS, and watchOs) and was notably among the first 1,000 apps to be released on the Apple App Store.
Cultured Code has released the third installment of the app (Things 3 (opens in new tab)) in 2017 after years of anticipation. In the same year, the German startup won a Apple Design Awardwith which Apple recognized its Things app as exemplary for its users for the third time in a row.
Many users within the Apple ecosystem swear by the Things app, which has racked up over 3 million downloads despite being a strictly paid product. We’ve decided to confirm if the latest episode of this to-do list app (opens in new tab) lives up to its hype, and it did.
Things 3: Subscriptions and Pricing
The Things 3 app is strictly paid, with no free version. The app requires a one-time purchase, which is one of its main benefits. Most competing to-do list apps require recurring subscriptions that cost more in the long run.
The app has different prices depending on the Apple device you download it from. The iPhone and iWatch apps cost $9.99, the iPad app costs $19.99, and the macOS app costs $49.99. There is a 15-day free trial that you can take advantage of to test the app before making a final purchase decision. Notably, there are no limits to the app’s features during this time.
To request a refund after your purchase, you must contact Apple’s App Store representatives, the current policy for all developers within the Apple ecosystem.
Things 3: Features:
To download Things 3, go to the Apple App Store on the device you’re using. You need payment information associated with your App Store account to activate the app and create an account. Then you can start using it.
The first feature you should notice in the app is: add tasks. There is a visible text bar where you can type any task. After you add tasks, you can do some extra things with them like insert comments provide context.
Each task you add is temporarily stored in the Inbox until you group them under a list, area, or project. For example, you can group specific tasks under “work,” “leisure,” “fitness,” and so on. You can also create memories for any task, so the app will sound an alarm on your device when it needs to
One standout feature we noticed on Things 3 is the Siri integration, that allows users to use voice commands to create tasks without typing. This feature makes the app quite easy to use.
But we also noticed that something was missing from the app; collaboration (opens in new tab). Many other task management apps we reviewed allow multiple users to collaborate on tasks, but Things 3 doesn’t.
Things 3: Interface and Usage
We didn’t find much to complain about when using the app. The only complaint we’ll highlight is that Things 3 is only available as an app downloaded on an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or MacBook PC. There is no web-based interface, which many competitors offer.
Things 3: Customer Support
You can contact the developer of the app, Cultured Code, directly if you have any problems. There is a form on the official website to fill out and wait for an email response. There is no live chat or phone support, which we consider a drawback.
Please note that Cultured Code’s direct customer support is limited to regular business hours Monday through Friday and follows German time.
There is also an official support page with many tutorials and how-tos about the Things 3 app. This page should be the first place to refer to when you encounter problems, before seeking direct customer support if you don’t find a satisfactory answer.
Things 3: The competition
Popular alternatives to Things 3 include: Habitica (opens in new tab), TickTick (opens in new tab), todoist (opens in new tab)and Microsoft To Do (opens in new tab). Things 3 has the downside of being exclusive to people using Apple devices. On the other hand, these rival apps are usable on any device, thanks to their web-based interface.
Things 3: Final Verdict
The Things 3 app is a great task management tool for people who use Apple devices. It has a streamlined user interface which makes it easy and exciting to use. The one-time purchase is advantageous; just pay once and forget it. But we think it would be better if the Things 3 app was available on other platforms outside the Apple ecosystem, or at least had a web interface.