As with a number of native iPhone utilities, the default calendar app may be adequate for the individual who’s looking for a simple basic calendar application. However, it’s not extensive enough for those of us who are looking for more advanced features, more ability to customize, and a wider application in our calendar app need to look for a more fully featured alternative application. For those of you who need more than what the native iPhone calendar can offer, I’ve compiled a list of some of the top 10 iPhone calendar apps to help you take the calendar experience on your iPhone to a whole new level.
1. Pocket Informant – $6.99
Pocket Informant may just be the top of the heap in iPhone calendar apps. It offers powerful functionality with a fully integrated calendar, task list, contacts, and most recently the ability to add notes. One of the most compelling features of pocket informant is its compatibility with both the GTD and Franklin Covey task management systems. It supports syncing with Google Calendars, ToodleDo, Outlook, and the native iPhone calendar. It also allows color-coding by category and includes customizable views: month, week, day, list view and the today screen, location mapping for events, reminders and recurrences and templates for creating events. Its price may make it more expensive than many of the other apps, but if you need all of its extensive arsenal of features, it’s worth the cost.
2. MiCal – $1.99
MiCal has a neatly designed dashboard style welcome screen that allows you to see all of your events on all of your calendars in one single view. MiCal also has some unique features such as a detailed 3-day weather forecast, GPS location tagging for events and the ability to sync Facebook events. MiCal offers an optional task list add-on as an in-app purchase. Some of its other features allow you to invite event attendees via email, export events in iCal format to share with other MiCal users, show event address in map view, sync with native iPhone calendar, Google, Outlook, Exchange, and Facebook Events. A fantastic calendar app at a low price.
3. Week Calendar – $1.99
As with the most of the other calendar apps, it offers multiple views, compatibility with iCloud, Google, Outlook, Exchange, and CalDAV , color coding and event sharing. Where Week Calendar excels is in its ease of use. Move events easily by dragging and dropping, link contacts to events quickly, use batch editing. It also allows you to map locations, share events via email and hide hours of the day you don’t need to see. Its low price makes it a good buy.
4. Calvetica – $2.99
Calvetica has many of the common features of other calendar apps. It syncs with multiple platforms, integrates contacts, allows batch editing, drag and drop, color coding, templates, customized alarms and recurrences. It also features a snooze option, email sharing, attendee management, location mapping, and a 24-hour format. One of its more unique features is its Windows 7 style appearance. At its low price, it’s another good buy.
5. Awesome Calendar – $2.99
Awesome Calendar has an attractive interface, multiple views, task integration and includes the ability to create notes and add photos. You can even add “stickers” to events. Awesome Calendar allows you to share events and group tasks. It syncs with iCloud, Outlook, Google Calendar, Exchange, and CalDAV. It also displays a localized current 4-day weather forecast
6. CalenGoo – $6.99
CalenGoo is not a newcomer to the app field and continues to be a great way to use Google Calendar and Google tasks on your iPhone. It allows Google users to view and edit events offline, matches color-coding to your Google Calendar and enables multiple calendar management, allows users to invite people to events and see their status. It’s a bit pricey, but might be a solid, stable option for those who just need to sync with their Google Calendar.
7. Cozi – Free
Cozi is an iPhone companion to its web-based calendar management system. It’s an especially useful solution for families. Although Cozi only uses a list view, it gives you a color-coded view categorized according to family member. It also includes shopping lists, to-do lists, and a journal to record memorable events with photos. It syncs with Outlook and also has the ability to sync with its Android app to keep all family members in the loop. It allows families to share, add, edit, and cross off items on shopping lists, to-do lists, and entries in the journal. Whether you’re looking for a family solution or not, it’s worth a look. You can’t beat free.
8. Agenda – $.99
Agenda attempts to strip away the information you don’t need and provide a sleek, usable interface. It has twelve different layouts and allows fast event creation. Agenda supports syncing with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange using the local IOS calendar. You can quickly send an email or text message to update event status and share events. It also has a unique “Goal View” for tracking goals. Despite its paired down features its low price makes it an attractive option.
9. GoCal - $2.99
For those oldies out there, GoCal supports all iOS devices since the beginning, but it also makes use of the newer retina display. It has a day, month, and “What’s Next” view. It allows you to invite attendees, and create text reminders. Unfortunately, you cannot create repeating events, but if you can live with that, and have an older IOS device this is a good option.
10. Calendars – $6.99
Rounding out the list is Readdle’s Google Calendar client. It syncs with all your calendars, features day, week, month, and list views, drag-and-drop event management, and easy event/appointment creation. It has a clean, colorful, and organized interface and balances functionality, design, and user friendliness. It is one of the apps with a higher price point, but is another option for those who desire simple Google calendar syncing.
There are so many iPhone calendar apps available that it can be difficult to decide which one suits your individual needs. Consider the features you value most and look at the app reviews and track record. Price isn’t always the best indicator of quality, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to spend a little more if the app has more features or a better interface.
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