Scheduling Made Easier: Calendar Apps

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

My personal assistant (aka my smartphone) keeps me informed and organized. But while the calendar utility that comes standard is functional, I've discovered there is a myriad of more versatile and powerful calendar apps well beyond any phone's stock app. With so many to choose from, I've narrowed it down to some of the best for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8.

iOS

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Left: Week Calendar - Right: 2do: Tasks

Week Calendar
If you're the type who tends to view scheduling by the week more than days or months, then I highly advise Week Cal. It's a colorful, concise, and simple calendar app that focuses on the weekly view. Events can be color coded based on criteria that you set to your preferences, which results in a more effective experience after set up. Week Cal supports iCloud, Google, Outlook and Exchange calendars. $2

2do: Tasks
When you need your calendar to be more than just a list of events, 2do:Tasks is an app I especially found helpful. This app is designed like a personal planner that not only allows you to add events to your calendar, but integrates your impending tasksso deadlines won't sneak up on you. If you have an iPad, this app is a two-for-one, syncing seamlessly across devices. $10 - Also available for Android

Runner Up: Fantastical
Quick mention for Fantastical, a quirky calendar app that creates events based on a small blurb. For example "Lunch, Saturday at 2pm with Susan" creates an event for the nearest Saturday for 2pm with the person and reason in the title. It's a clever little app that makes a mundane task a little more fun. $4

Android

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Left: Jorte - Right: Business Calendar

Jorte
A great app for a great price (free!), Jorte is a highly customizable personal calendar app offering a great deal of options for planning/scheduling. Jorte caters more to the individual and doesn't look as daunting or sterile as common calendar apps usually do. It's quirky, fun. and advisable for people who just want to organise their lives quickly. Can't go wrong for that price either. Free

Business Calendar
Aimed at the professional user, Business Calendar is a top pick for Android users. I personally love the grandeur widget that displays either a daily, weekly, or monthly calendar on a home screen page, making it always accessible. Other than the standard event management features, what does Business Calendar offer? More frequent events can be added with ease, events can be dragged and dropped, and the multiple themes make this an app that pays for itself rather quickly in the productivity department. $5

Windows Phone

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Left: Calendar[+] - Right: Beautiful Calendar

Calendar[+]
Calendar[+] is THE calendar app for your Windows Phone. It's versatile, fast, easy to add events, has room for multiple accounts, and overall feels the most solid. Events can be pinned to the home screen as a constant reminder or filter certain appointments off the calendar. Best of all, it doesn't cost a penny. Free

Beautiful Calendar
For a more robust all-in-one calendar, Beautiful Calendar offers event creation and management as well as notes and taskmaster functionality. When it comes to the calendar itself, the app's gradient UI is fashionably functional and certainly lives up to the name. The modern color scheme isn't just for looks, offering special options to mark down birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Free

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