One thing has become crystal clear about certain kinds of utility applications I use. As far as possible, I want the same functionality on my iPhone and iPad as I get on my Mac. Apple is ahead of the game with iCloud, Contacts, Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders, and for the most part they work seamlessly between devices.
What about non-Apple utilities?
Here’s an example of how this multi-platform, multiple device rule works. Take the to-do list manager Clear. First, there was Clear for iPhone and then iPad. And now there’s Clear for the Mac, and the different versions play nice-nice with one another.
By far there are more to-do, list, and task managers available for the iPhone than the Mac, but those that work on all three devices get me to look. Clear’s interface on the Mac is similar to the iPhone. Use gestures– trackpad or mouse– to move to-do or list items around. Create multiple lists and keep them synced between devices.
Clear lists can be personalized on the Mac for easier access, and then synchronized via iCloud so your to-do items, lists, and tasks can be instantly available on all devices.
The multiple lists and color schemes are good to organize your items. Think of them as projects with a list of tasks, easily prioritized, and reminders are actually easier to set and use than OS X’s Reminders app.
I don’t particularly understand why the Mac version of Clear costs twice the iPhone and iPad version since functionality is the same. Otherwise, if you find Notes and Reminders to be anemic, Clear is another good and not expensive way to manage projects, tasks, and to-do list items. There’s no learning curve and you’re productive in minutes.