Like your computer, your iPad comes packed with a number of day-to-day tools, so you can get engaged almost immediately after unboxing. It goes without saying that most of these apps are also incredibly well made – usually requiring no alternative unless Apple pulls it from iOS like it did with YouTube.
Once exception to that rule for me personally is the Calendar app. One important factor being that the alternative calendar applications in the App Store are more than cheap imitations – they often look and feel a lot better than the official Calendar application (which, truth be told, doesn’t look so good).
Below are three such alternatives for your iPad. All three also have an iPhone counterpart, although we won’t be focusing on that in this article.
Of the calendar applications featured in this article, Calendars by Readdle has the biggest price tag. However, it’s also the application I tend to use the most, making good on the price with its clear looks and easy feel. Use Calendars to manage your built-in iOS calendars, or synchronise with your Google Calendars instead. Either way, you can manage the calendars whether you’re working online or offline.
Calendars works great as well, employing drag-and-drop event manipulation and the date slider at the bottom of the application as you know it from Apple’s own Calendar. Supplementing these standard interface elements are custom keyboards to schedule events faster and easier.
If you like a calendar without a lot of visual distractions, you won’t find a better candidate than Agenda Calendar. Don’t expect a feature-packed beast in Agenda Calendar. It has its fair share of those, but the main objective is to show you what you need to know – and nothing more. Adding to that are a number of interface elements to make your calendaring more productive, including a date picker and gestures to switch between different calendar views.
Most of Agenda Calendar’s ease of use lies in its design, especially the notable difference between the respective layouts of the day, week and month views. Interestingly, Agenda Calendar allows you to choose between a remarkable number of color themes as well. Use it to personalise the application, or rather to distinguish important information.
Calvetica Calendar, likely referencing the font family, does honor to its name. Although it’s less minimalist than the previous two calendar applications, it’s beautiful in its own right – a calendar that steps front and center of the stage that is your iPad, rather than trying to remain unobtrusive.
While riddled with powerful features, Calvetica Calendar remains incredibly fast to use. In the screenshot above, which shows Calvetica in month view, you can see a decent sample of those features. Despite the large number of events, your eye is drawn to the current day, of which the events are displayed separately in the right column. Events spanning multiple days are displayed as such, and the month view scrolls down continuously to show events of the coming months.
In a roundup like this, it’s inevitable that some great iPad calendar applications are left out. What calendar application do you use, and why? Drop a line in the comments section below the article!