Yet another celebrated, but unimpressive Task Manager – Wunderkit Todo List App

I’ve tried the first iteration of the Berlin based startup called Wunderlist and I wasn’t impressed. After Remember The Milk, Any.Do and the 1 million other task managers I tried I’m pretty spoiled.

It seems to me that 6Wunderkinder didn’t do their research work properly, as with many “new” products coming from startups solving “new” problems. They solve problems already solved – often times more cleverly or they don’t solve them at all.

And Wunderkit has the same problem as ALL software has – it starts out nice and clean with just the minimum functionality because someone felt, that the current solution is too clunky and overloaded. In a second step they add functionality because the minimum set of features just meets the demands of a minimum set of customers – if you want to be sustainable and grow you need more customers and you have to meet their needs – by adding new features.

After a couple of versions you end up just as clunky and feature rich as the solution it was replacing.

As for Wunderkit the addition of social features is one that breaks the whole “get something done” principle and honestly the design is not readable not practical. It’s nice to look at – if you don’t care about design in it’s real sense and I’m sure it fits nicely in the Apple world of “undesign” that all the iPhone Apps are famous for.

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4 Responses to “Yet another celebrated, but unimpressive Task Manager – Wunderkit Todo List App”

  1. When I read Task Manager, I thought it was a replacement to Windows task manager, and I said to myself: "Wow, I haven't seen many of those and people are already tired of them".I only noticed what you were talking about after reading Remember The Milk… I'm a bit dumb. Either way, I think you are very right. In fact, I can't use most of the ToDo apps because I just a need a simple list. A text file is easier (sometimes).

  2. Nice – replacing Windows Task Manager would be great. In fact there are replacements that give you more information and control, but I will change the title to clarify.I'm stuck with RTM (Remember the Milk) for one feature which makes it great for me – the ability to define tags and due dates in-line when I add the task. So quick and smooth I actually like to add tasks.

    • Nathan Middleton says:

      Wunderkit actually has inline properties (including time and tags).

      Another that has this is jetbrains “Youtrack” however this it is very much a project management tool and not a simple tasklist.

  3. Wunderlist isn't a favorite app of mine because of the lack of features that are now coming to Wunderkit. Maybe it will be something that will grab me unlike before.