I Tried Out DONE & TALLY For 3 Days To Do A Comparison Between Them


On the search for my next productivity app to write about, I discovered that DONE and TALLY were created by the same app developer, so I got curious and wrote up this comparison piece between both apps.

When the DONE & TALLY apps are compared against each other, DONE has slightly more features with a focus on tracking your habits/goals to completion while TALLY has fewer features and has a focus on quantifying your habits/goals. The capabilities of both apps are almost identical.

DONE and TALLY are so similar that if there was one word I can use to describe a comparison between both apps, it would be the word “twins”.

DONE & TALLY: Almost Twins

When you look at the homepage of both apps, you will barely be able to tell the difference between them.

Even when you look into how both apps function as a tracker, they don’t look much different, but there are differences that differentiate DONE as the app that has slightly more features than TALLY.

Take for example, the obvious difference is in how each goal/habit is displayed visually.

DONE has a progress bar display that tracks clearly whether you’ve succeeded or failed a particular goal for the day/week/month.

TALLY simply quantifies and tallies up your progress for any particular goal you may have without any indication on whether or not you’ve failed/succeeded at a particular goal for the day.

A less obvious difference is in how DONE allows for the adding of units of measurement. Other than that, DONE and TALLY look identical.

Home screen on Done
Home screen on Tally

Beyond the first impressions of both apps, when creating a new habit/goal in either app, you will also find that Done has more input options than Tally.

Creating a new habit/goal on DONE
Creating a new habit/goal on TALLY

DONE has 15 input fields while TALLY only has 13 input fields.

The questions that DONE & TALLY asks when editing/creating a new habit/goal are different but similar in their intentions to keep you accountable to whatever goals you may have.

As you can see from the screenshot above, the questions that DONE asks seem to be more geared towards the cultivation of positive habits.

The questions that TALLY asks seem to be more general and overarching.

At first glance, it may seem like TALLY is the more versatile app, but when I actually used both, I found the difference to be generally superficial.

DONE is marketed as an app that primarily helps you along your journey of cultivating the right habits.

In the words of the app developer “DONE helps you create healthy routines by helping you set goals, tracking your progress, and then motivating you with streaks/chains.”

TALLY is marketed as an app that has more applications than just helping you to cultivate the right habits.

In the words of the app developer, “TALLY is a tool to help you log when and how often you do something”.

While what is marketed is true, DONE can also be used as a tool to help you log when and how often you do something.

TALLY can also be used to help you create healthy routines.

With both apps having such similar interfaces and functions, it can be difficult to tell the subtle differences between both apps that may make a difference with your productivity needs.

DONE & TALLY: Their Differences

Let me just share with you the differences between DONE & TALLY and what they mean for you beyond just pointing out the differences.

First, an overview of their differences based on my experience with using both apps:

Feature Short DescriptionDONETALLY
Unit of measurementYes No
Number of inputs when creating/editing a habit/goal1513
Summary viewShows week total/completion %Shows week total/average completed frequency
Calendar viewShows goals met/current streak/longest streak/progress barOnly marks a date when your habit/goal is a “1”.

1) Unit of measurement

When you’re creating/editing a new habit/goal, DONE allows you to add in a unit of measurement.

In this case, under my habit “Drink Water”, I’ve added a unit of measurement of “Bottles”.

I’ve found this helps me more clearly visualise the habits/goals that I’m cultivating and gives me a more actionable grasp on each of my habits/goals.

For the TALLY app, I’ve found there is no way for you to add any unit of measurements. It’s all purely based on numbers.

This could slightly delay your taking actions on your goals especially if you have a large number of habits/goals that you’re tracking as the way you quantify progress on each habit/goal can be different.

Having a unit of measurement allows you to quickly reference the action you may need to take to make progress.

2) Number of inputs when creating/editing a new habit/goal

When creating a new habit/goal, DONE has 15 input fields while TALLY has only 13 input fields.

Input fields on DONE 1
Input fields on DONE 2
Input fields on DONE 3
Input fields on TALLY 1
Input fields on TALLY 2
Input fields on TALLY 3

Here are all 15 input fields of DONE:

  1. Name your habit
  2. Build or quit this habit?
  3. Choose a goal period: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly
  4. Set your goal: how many times per day, week, month, year
  5. Default count: input a number from 1
  6. Log activity using custom value/default count
  7. Track goals on which days? choose days from Mon – Sun
  8. Group
  9. Choose a colour
  10. Reminders
  11. Show badge if no activity today: yes/no
  12. Show target line in charts: yes/no
  13. Habit units: none/custom
  14. Add a note
  15. Write something to motivate you

Here are all 13 input fields of TALLY:

  1. What do you want to tally?
  2. Reset tally to zero every: day, week, month, year, never
  3. Track goals on which days? choose days from Mon – Sun
  4. Group
  5. Default value/increment
  6. Tapping on tally adds: custom value/default value
  7. First count starts at: input a number from 0
  8. Set target: yes/no
  9. Choose a colour
  10. Show to-do badge if no activity: yes/no
  11. Reminders
  12. Display at bottom of tally: last time/custom
  13. Add a note

With the exception of “habit units” on DONE, all of the other differences in the input fields between apps are same questions but worded differently.

Here, I thought it’d be interesting to list out how both apps word the same input fields differently:

  • “Name your habit” on DONE is “What do you want to tally?” on TALLY.
  • “Build or quit this habit?” on DONE is “Set target: yes/no” on TALLY.
  • “Choose a goal period: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly” on DONE is “Reset tally to zero every: day, week, month, year, never” on TALLY.

    “Never” is an additional option on TALLY that isn’t available on DONE but it’s so minute that I also haven’t noticed it until now.
  • “Default count: input a number from 1” on DONE is “Tapping on tally adds: custom value/default value” on TALLY.
  • “Show badge if no activity today: yes/no” on DONE is “Show to-do badge if no activity: yes/no”.
  • “Show target line in charts: yes/no” on DONE is “Set target: yes/no” on TALLY.
  • “Log activity using custom value/default count” and “Write something to motivate you” on DONE seems like dud input fields when I played around with it – changing them didn’t seem to affect anything when using the app.
  • “Track goals on which days? choose days from Mon – Sun”, “Group”, “Choose a colour”, “Reminders” and “Add a note”, are worded identically on both DONE and TALLY.

The result of all these differences in how each app words their input fields creates a bit of an illusion that they might have different functionalities when in fact, apart from a few differences, both apps work very similarly.

3) Summary view

When your habits/goals are broken down on DONE and TALLY, they are shown differently in the charts.

Summary view on DONE
Summary view on TALLY

The chart in DONE shows your success rate in terms of percentage for each habit while TALLY focuses on the average quantity you’ve completed for a week.

Overall, I don’t think that this difference in metrics shown makes much of a difference and your choice will boil down to personal preference.

If based solely on what both apps are tracking in their summary view, if I’d have to pick an app that would be better suited to cultivate positive habits/track my goals, I’d go with TALLY.

The reason being is that my goals for any particular goals/habit that I’m tracking can shift over time.

Take for example, I used to want to drink 2 bottles of water a day last year, but this year, I want to drink 5 bottles of water a day.

Having the average quantity displayed allows me to see how well I’m doing regardless of any change in my goals.

4) Calendar view

When compared side by side, you can see that the “calendar” view on DONE has more numbers and stats displayed.

Whereas you can clearly see in the calendar view on DONE metrics like “Goals met”, “Current streak” and “Longest streak”, on TALLY, that is not the case.

True to the function of TALLY’s quantifying of your habits/goals, the calendar view on TALLY is plain without any statistics.

Calendar view on DONE
Calendar view on TALLY

DONE & TALLY: Price Consideration

Both DONE & TALLY are freemium apps, they work fine free, but both apps only allow you to create up to 3 habits/goals on its free version.

You have to upgrade to the premium version to enjoy tracking an unlimited number of habits/goals.

While both apps have almost identical functions, DONE does cost slightly more than TALLY due to its added functionalities of tracking a habit/goal to completion.

DONE cost about USD13.60 for the first year and USD44.60 for subsequent years.

Tally cost about USD11.30 for the first year and USD33.20 for subsequent years.

DONE premium pricing, prices in SGD
TALLY premium pricing, prices in SGD

Go With DONE Or TALLY?

For me, I’m going with TALLY because of a few reasons:

  1. The premium version is cheaper
  2. It allows me to better adapt to my goals and definitions of “success” for a goal/habit as it shifts
  3. It has a cleaner interface than DONE that allows me to quickly understand where I stand with my habits/goals

Regardless of your personal preference though, with such similar functionalities, both apps are going to be great accountability partners to you, whatever the goals you may have in mind.

Still undecided? Check out comparisons of other apps that can help you build your habits.

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