Android apps calendar review

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Calendars have been used throughout the ages as a way of organising one’s work, social, or religious events into a single view. The dawn of mobile applications meant that this could be taken on the go and provide necessary reminders to get things done at ease. For some, especially business users, the calendar is the most important app on their phone.Android has a built-in calendar app, and some phone manufacturers, who add their own skin on top of vanilla Android, also provide their own calendar app. However, for those looking for something new, there’s also a bunch of alternatives available on Google’s Android Market.In this roundup, we’ll be taking a look at a handful of the best looking and most functional calendar replacement apps and discussing which is the best.One cool feature, and I don’t understand why Google hasn’t implemented this into their Android Calendar app, is drag & drop functionality… why they have it in desktop Google Calendars. If you’re like myself, sometimes you create an entry on the device and put in the wrong day or time, or the meeting gets pushed, etc. drag & drop allows you to easily longpress, drag then drop to the date/time you desire. Just be sure to toggle is on from the menu settings, else it’s locked by default to avoid unwanted moving of items.When editing a calendar entry, a thin strip on the right appears with nearby entries which is helpful when scheduling event and not booking over something (how many of us have done that ans realized after the fact, thus resulting in changing the entry). Another nifty feature allows you to pinch and zoom the calendar versus pressing Menu and choosing your view type. Lastly, I like the feature to toggle your calendars, for those of us that have several Google Calendars synced to one device. My gripe there is, it is rather small near the bottom just above the day slider. Underlined toggles that calendar on, not underlined toggles it off.


AnCal

AnCal is a simple calendar in the style of the old Palm WebOS. The simple design of this app really suits Android and it functions well with handling appointments, tasks and notes. Unfortunately, AnCal does not support Google Calendar sync, which, on Android, is a definite disadvantage.
In particular, I love the user interface in setting new alarms and tasks (as demonstrated in the screenshots below). Selecting timings looks great and works really well with Android’s more basis interface elements.


Pocket Informant

Pocket Informant is, in sharp contrast, a paid app that also serves as a replacement calendar app for your Android phone. The app’s feedback suggests the app does not sync with Google Calendar, which is another disappointment, but it uses a similar structure in terms of folders and general organisation.Pocket Informant boasts many different calendar views including the standard month/week/etc. views and pre-made filters such as completed/uncompleted tasks. Overall, the system seems very similar to Google’s own web-based properties such as the aforementioned calendar app and GMail.

Jorte
Jorte is a practical personal organiser which aims to look and feel much more like a traditional, paper-based planner. This isn’t achieved in a way you’d expect (for example, the style of Apple’s iBooks pages), but rather by bringing across a few elements of traditional calendars.
Jorte boasts additional features such as a landscape view and can even be controlled with Google Voice. There’s also CSV importing if you deem that necessary for business or personal reasons. Jorte’s implementation seems pretty successful, especially for those with larger phones.

CalenGoo
CalenGoo is an app that, from first impressions, looks very much like a scaled down version of Google’s calendar web app. And that’s not just some imitation because there is a lack of synchronization. Oh no! This app actually includes direct sync with Google Calendar and Tasks. Hallelujah!CalenGoo also comes with built in widgets to be placed on your phone’s homescreen so launching the app can be a rare occasion.The task and agenda implementation here is probably my favourite feature, as it’s managed with a clean style without too much clutter. Some, however, might completely hate the user interface.

TouchCalendar

This application has, by far, the cleanest design in a traditional grid-oriented setup. TouchCalendar markets itself as being as easy to work as Google Maps thanks to its intuitive scrolling and zooming gesture interface.
TouchCalendar also syncs with Google Calendar, which is a clear advantage, and keeps many of the customization options such as calendar colours. These little interface tweaks that you created in the web version are all brought down, which is convenient.
Everything is about navigation here with a wide range of gestures being used to move around the calendar and perform actions such as adding new events.

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