The core of Mentat works by splitting up your tasks into different projects and pulling them into your daily agenda as you start to work on them. This makes whatever’s on your plate clearly visible, without being jumbled with everything else that’s on the afterburner. Mentat supports Jott, which lets you add tasks through call-in voice commands. That program’s still in beta too, and working on Canadian deployment, so we couldn’t test it out extensively. Regardless, it’s a cool addition and gives Mentat an extra perk. Some of the features already implemented, like a one to five star priority rating, commenting, repeating events, and task status make Mentat a pretty cool system. Some of the more basic functions that BlackBerry’s Tasks has, such as pop-up reminders and snooze are still missing, but since Mentat is still a work in progress, we’ll have to defer total judgment for now.
The biggest thing about Mentat that comes to mind when you ask yourself “is it worth my while?” is that it’s free. You’ve got to deal with some Google ads if you aren’t willing to fork up a one-time $5 fee, but the fact is this is a great, simple and effective way of organizing your tasks. If you’re looking for something more involved which integrates with Outlook, Mentat probably won’t do the trick, but for a free standalone solution, I give Mentat 4 Dune References out of 5. It’s got a unique take on managing tasks, and although there’s a bit of a learning curve, it’s easy to see how this program can really simplify a hectic lifestyle without costing a dime. If you’d like to give the beta a shot and can stomach a few glitches, you can check it out here.
UPDATE: Mentat’s gone retail, and is now available here.