When comparing Asana vs Tasks, the Slant community recommends Tasks for most people. In the question“What are the best to-do list apps for Android?” Tasks is ranked 12th while Asana is ranked 15th. The most important reason people chose Tasks is:
Many configuration options.
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Pro Powerful team collaboration features
Asana has fantastic mechanisms for dealing with team collaboration. Not only can tasks be assigned to team members, but Asana lets users follow tasks and use hyperlinks to refer to team members within a task.
Pro Simple workflow
The Asana task workflow within a project is broken down into "Today," "Upcoming," and "Later." The tasks themselves have the status of either done or not done. There is also a subtask feature to group tasks together. Tasks can be assigned to other team members and are stored in the "Inbox" view for processing. This replaces email for some team communication.
Pro Free for up to 15 users
Pro Very polished interface
Teams can have private (only visible to project members) and public (visible to anyone in the team) projects. Each member can also have their own personal projects.
Tasks can be viewed in list and calendar views. It's possible to display only the tasks assigned to the user or tasks organized by project or team. Single tasks can exist in multiple projects. Lists of tasks can be divided into sections and organized in many different ways – tasks that still have to be done, tasks that have been completed, by due date, by assignee, by popularity, etc.
Expanding a task will allow adding things like subtasks, tags, and attachments, as well as comments. Users can also subscribe to a task via RSS from this view. There's a separate view specifically for attachments.
Search lets you find what you’re looking for quickly.
Pro Tagging system allows easily filtering tasks
The tagging system enables project managers to easily filter tasks.
Pro Provides lots of help for getting started
There are many videos, tutorials, and reference documents to help you get up and running.
Pro Supports Kanban and list views
Asana provides a list view and a Kanban view which can be selected if a new project is created.
Pro Well thought out keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts all involve the Tab key, so it is unlikely that they will interfere with shortcuts that have already been established.
Pro CSV export and print
Pro Integrates with Slack
It's possible to have tasks appear in a Slack channel.
Pro Very configurable
Many configuration options.
Pro Can create events on Calendar
Tasks can create events on your calendar if you set a due date and time. It also syncs the state (completed).
Pro Syncs to Google Tasks
Pro Easy to add complex tasks
The setup page of a task takes only a single page, which makes it fast and easy add one. But there are still a lot of options available, like:
- date and time
- priority (four different colors)
- reminder (by time or location, different ringing schemes)
- hide until
- add to calendar
Pro Full featured widgets
Widgets can be truly customized. You can set a filter by automatic list (today, recent, uncategorized) or tag or list. There is a light, a black and a dark theme, plus a color setting. The opacity can be set, as well as the font size. Then you can decide to show the header, the settings, the due date, or the checkboxes.
Pro Import from Astrid
Tasks allows you to import your data from Astrid.
Con Strange UX with strange workflow
Similar to task the manager in Todoist or Wunderlist, but not too complex for under four members.
Con Mobile version lacks calendar
Asana's calendar is present in the web version but is conspicuously missing in the mobile app.
Con UX Design is overly opinionated
The workflow is not very customizable, which forces you to use a flow that may not be your preferred or best option.
Con Unable to manage multiple workspaces
Each "workspace" or "team" in Asana is strictly isolated. You cannot see your personal tasks versus work tasks or collaborations together, you need to log in to a different profile.
Con No task dependencies in free version
Dependencies is only available only to Teams and Organizations on Asana Premium.
Con No syncing
Unlike most to-do apps, Tasks features no form of synchronization with other devices.