With the release of Fantastical for iPhone this week, many iPhone users are revisiting their calendar apps on their iPhones. This post is to give you a bit of a closer look as to what other options are out there, and give you a better chance of getting on with your day by picking the calendar app that’s going to be right for you.
Agenda has themes (some of which are based on the weblogs of some of my favourite writers) and a killer feature that still seals the deal for me. You have the ability to email people from directly within Agenda either through using a custom email or with templates that can confirm your appointment, notify your arrival, or explain that you’re going to a user-defined number of minutes late. Very slick.
The minimal look and feel of the app that belies a wealth of power under the hood makes Agenda one of the top iPhone (and iPad, for that matter) calendar apps there is.
QuickCal lets you use multiple calendars, meaning you can easily tap on the calendar name in the title bar to switch to the next calendar. You can also choose a specific calendar by typing a portion of its name. QuickCal also supports “Smart Reminders”, which will create alarms at configurable time intervals, specific to how far in the future the event is. The configuration options are almost limitless with this feature.
QuickCal still has a place on my iPhone (especially while i’m putting Fantastical through the paces), and it definitely shouldn’t be overlooked in your search for the ideal calendar app.
I installed Fantastical yesterday and found out immediately that it was fast and simple to use. The user interface follows similar patterns of other apps, making it easy to learn. And its natural language acceptance on the iPhone is as good as it is on the Mac. I was able to grab all of the information from my calendars on my iPhone almost immediately, and adjusting the settings was a breeze.
Flexibits has another hit on its hands here in the iPhone edition of Fantastical. While it hasn’t necessarily replaced Agenda on my iPhone yet, it certainly is giving it a run for its money.
The thing I really liked about Calvetica was that it looked simple and minimal in its appearance. But recent iterations have gotten busier and busier, making it less appealing for me to use. That said, it is very fast, syncs flawlessly with the built-in calendar, and you can get a variety of views so that you can see what’s going on your schedule any which way you’d like.
Calvetica isn’t a bad option when you’re looking at calendar apps for your iPhone (in fact, it’s better than many of the options you have to choose from), but it’s just not my option any longer.
The app is great for quick, at-a-glance appointment-making and scheduling, and while you may not have that much “free time” in your day, sometimes it’s good to know how much you do have on those rare occasions.
Free Time isn’t the most conventional of calendar apps, but it could be an ideal one to have in your toolbox for those moments where you just want to figure out how much time you have in the day.
What calendar app for the iPhone do you use? Share in the comments below.