Paper has a number of popular features:
- Easy editing. Cross out with pen and write something new.
- Works offline. You can read paper even when your PC is not connected to the internet.
- Mobile. Fold paper and stick in pocket.
- Instant boot up. Just pull paper out of pocket — don’t have to wait for it to load.
However, paper does have some limitations:
- Limited availability. You don’t always have a pad of paper with you to write new things.
- Not ubiquitous. If you leave a piece of paper in one pair of jeans, you can’t access it from the other jeans you’re currently wearing.
- Difficult to organize. Eventually turns into a giant mess on your desk.
I am a big fan of mobile productivity and couldn’t agree more with this. And, the most compelling reason is that the phone makes all your data (emails, to-do’s, calendar, notes) portable and available on demand, on the go.
However, I would love to see more inter-operability between Tasks and Google’s other productivity apps, in particular Google Calendar. Tying up Tasks with Calendar will make for a more comprehensive productivity application, with ability to easily add emails as tasks and even get reminders through SMS. That should give users a more complete scheduling and GTD (Getting Things Done) application. The icing on the cake would be if Google voice-enables Tasks, giving users the ability to add Tasks and Reminders using voice. Just like ReQall (which is my current favorite reminder app).
UPDATE: Google Blogoscoped is reporting that a user has spotted the “Tasks” feature in his Google Calendar. Looks like someone is listening!