Matterlist as a Wunderlist Alternative

Update (September 10th, 2018): We have released the Wunderlist import tool that lets you import data from your Wunderlist account into Matterlist: tasks (with their ordering, stars, due dates and notes), recurring tasks, subtasks and lists. For more details, see Import from Wunderlist.

Seth Godin, the famous internet marketer who despises internet marketers, advises companies who are launching new products to “focus on the tiniest audience possible.” So, what is the tiniest (but most fitting) audience for Matterlist? Who are the people that Matterlist is perfect for?

Take a look at this list — do you recognize yourself?

If you fit this description, get Matterlist now and never look back!

If you’re still not sure you hit all these points, read on to find out if Matterlist can be a good Wunderlist alternative for you.

Similarities

Matterlist’s approach to to-do lists is very similar to that of Wunderlist (and, earlier, Astrid.) Tasks have completion checkboxes and are grouped into Lists (e.g. Work, Home, Personal etc.) You can mark any task as Starred to highlight it in the list. Tapping a task opens a detail view where you can edit its priority, notes, due date and other fields. Left-swiping a task deletes it.

With the exception of the calendar-like Timeline above the task list, the overall look of Matterlist is instantly familiar to a Wunderlist user:

Matterlist:
Wunderlist:

That’s where the similarities end. Matterlist introduces several innovative ideas and approaches. At first, some of the improvements may be unfamiliar to Wunderlist users, but in the end they offer significant productivity gains. Read on to find out more.

Key Differences

Additions

Omissions

Future Roadmap

Here’s the list of features that are present in Wunderlist but not yet implemented in Matterlist, sorted in order of importance. The critical features are already planned, have the highest development priority, and will be implemented first.

Critical:

  • Push Notifications
  • iOS app
  • Desktop apps

Quality-of-Life:

  • Multiselect for list items
  • Search
  • Add tasks via iOS / Android sharing
  • Themes
  • Integrations (Zapier, IFTTT etc.)

Someday / Maybe:

  • Shared Lists / Collaboration
  • Smartwatch apps
  • Mail-to-Matterlist
  • Android Widgets
  • Printing

Conclusion

Wunderlist will be shutting down sooner or later. If you’re a Wunderlist user looking for alternatives, should you consider switching to Matterlist?

Pros:

  • Improved recurring tasks
  • Streamlined handling of dateless tasks
  • Better subtasks
  • Convenient calendar-like Timeline
  • Quick and convenient postpone
  • No due date pollution
  • Multiline to-dos
  • Multiple priority levels
  • Automatic contexts

Cons:

  • No iOS app yet (in development)
  • No push notifications yet (planned)
  • No desktop apps yet (planned)
  • No shared lists
  • No list folders
  • No file attachments
  • No week view
To sum up, Matterlist is a promising Wunderlist alternative that offers unique benefits you won’t find in other apps — such as its timeline, subtasks, contexts and recurring tasks. Matterlist is still a young app and some features are not yet implemented or missing by design. But in any case, why not give Matterlist a quick try? It's free, and you don't need an account. Just install the app and start playing immediately: