Since the release of the first iPhone, I’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to create lists on my iPhone. The native Notes iPhone App is so minimalistic that it’s only useful for basic note taking. On the other hand, some lists applications in the iTunes App Store are so complicated and expensive that I move right pass them.
One iPhone App I am glad I tried was Zenbe Lists. This application from the creator of other titles like Zenbe Mail and Shareflow strikes a good balance between functionality and ease of use. Zenbe Lists allows you to create lists on your iPhone with check boxes and due dates to keep track of just about anything. These lists then can be viewed and edited from the Zenbe List website and shared with others using an auto generated link.
Interface and Ease of Use (4 out of 5)
The best thing about Zenbe Lists is the ease with which you can create a new list. Simply launch the app and tap New, name your list, and start creating entries. You also have the ability to give each entry in your list a due date. To reorder your lists, tap the Edit button from the Zenbe Lists home screen and you are given the option to reorder and delete lists. To share a list, tap the Share icon from within that list and you are taken to a pre-populated email in the iPhone’s Mail App with a link to the list. Enter an email address, tap Send, and you’re done.
Accessing Zenbe Lists online requires a free account but adds the ability to create and edit lists from any web browser. Overall, I think Zenbe Lists does exactly what it needs to and anyone can download the app and start using it immediately. The only thing I would have liked is the ability to group lists into categories. This would make for easier management of a growing number of lists.
Usefulness and Value (5 out of 5)
Before finding Zenbe Lists, I had given up trying to use my iPhone for keeping track of to-do or grocery lists. Discovering Zenbe Lists has made it easier for me to keep track of these things without looking for pen and paper to make a list I would eventually lose. The ability to sync and backup lists online makes this a useful app for all iPhone users.
Zenbe Lists is currently available at the iTunes App store for $2.99. It may seem a bit expensive, as iPhone Apps go, for a simple lists application. However, its simplicity is part of what makes it a great little app.
Zenbe Lists iPhone and Online Interface by Zenbe