I’m super OCD when it comes to smartphone apps – a beautiful UI without sacrificing functionality is a must for me. Which is why for the longest time I couldn’t find a calendar app on my iPhone that I could be happy with. Things I’m looking for:
- a beautiful and intuitive user interface, no exceptions
- ability to sync with Google and iCloud calendars
- day, week, and monthly views
- ability to integrate a to-do lists/tasks
Seriously, am I asking for too much? D: Apparently not because lately I’ve not found 1, but 3 amazing iPhone calendar apps that will blow the default app out of the water :D
This app is absolutely gorgeous. It’s clean, minimal, sleek, yet is extremely powerful. I love being able to see my events AND all the related emails and contacts, right from the app. Being able to search for directions and wish my Facebook friends happy birthday on 1 screen is also a plus. Oh and did I mention the ability to add your own photo to customize the agenda view? :)
The only downside is the terrible wait time. I was lucky and got in before they implemented their waiting list, but I would wait all over again because it’s totally worth it.
I found this app soon after Tempo, and while it doesn’t sync with your email or Facebook, you don’t have to wait to use it. The UI is clean and well-designed, and the week view is one of the best I’ve seen! My only concern is that because it’s developed by an 18-year old (kudos to him!), the support and future updates might be unstable. However, it’s still a better calendar app then the default iOS one, by far :P
Last but not least, there’s Sunrise. Maybe people use this as an alternative to Tempo due to the latter’s obscene wait, since they have similar functionalities and both sync with Facebook. Two huge drawbacks for me: Sunrise only syncs with Google Calendar, and the weird mini calendar view at the top of the agenda. However, I can see Google Calendar power users really enjoying this app :]
At one point I actually had all 3 apps on my phone, and though I removed Sunrise eventually (I mainly use my iCloud calendars), I’d be happy to add it back once they integrate with iCloud. Since all 3 apps are relatively new, it’s exciting to see what future updates they come out with :D My final thoughts:
- All 3 apps are free, so you have nothing to lose by trying each out
- No tasks/to-dos integrated with any of them – what a shame :(
- Highly recommend downloading Tempo, just so you can get on the waiting list
My favorite out of these 3 has to be Tempo – it wins in both design and functionality, but I’m keeping my eyes out for updates on all 3!
Hope you all enjoyed this mini-review :) Do you use the calendar app on your phone a lot? Love to hear your thoughts!