Orchestra (no, this is not another music-related game for iPhone) is a free iOS app that can be used to create reminders about tasks you want to do in the future. Not only that, you can even dictate tasks to Orchestra verbally, and create new reminders that way. However, all that is offered by other similar iPhone apps, too (like Astrid, which we covered recently), but what’s special about Orchestra is that it allows you to sync your reminders with the cloud. Additionally, if you want, you can request your Twitter and Facebook friends to help you with a particular task, too, right from within the app. This means that Orchestra can be used both as a simple to-do list keeper, as well as a comprehensive tool for team collaboration during group projects.
Like any good reminders and to-do app, you can create new reminders by using the most prominent button in the app, which is located at the bottom of the screen. But that’s just the start of it; long press the ‘Add’ button and you can speak your reminder which Orchestra will create for you. Once you have created a reminder, it can be sorted in one of the many pre-loaded lists present in Orchestra, or if you are not satisfied, there is the option to easily create your own custom list.
At first, you might be puzzled that Orchestra’s to-do tasks do not ask you about the time frame of your reminder, but actually, it is meant to be set later from the list. Swipe on the reminder and you can see the timing options. The best part of app, as we discussed earlier, is the feature of getting advice from the contacts on your social network. Just go to a particular reminder, and tap the options button. From there, you get 4 options, using which you get advice from your friends via Facebook, Twitter or simply by email. The best option is the last one; “Ask someone to do this”, although, admittedly, the success of this request depends upon the kind of the relationship you have with the person you are asking to finish the task.
Orchestra comes with a few customizable background themes as well, which give its overall appearance a pretty polished look. You get all that for free, and that’s what makes the app a total winner rather than just another reminders app.