The best calendar app for the Apple Watch isn't made by Apple

Most third-party Apple Watch apps suck right now, but if you’re looking for the best calendar experience on your wrist, look no further than Fantastical.

The popular calendar app for Mac and iPhone is now on the Apple Watch, and it has features that Apple’s own Calendar app can’t match.

With Fantastical for Apple Watch, you can view reminders synced to your iCloud account. That doesn’t sound like a huge deal at first, but when you consider that Apple doesn’t offer a stock Reminders app for the Watch, it’s a pretty cool feature to have. Not only can you create events, but you can use Fantastical to remind you to pick up your dry cleaning, for example.

“The Apple Watch was designed to provide users with quick access to their info,” said Michael Simmons, co-creator of Fantastical. “We designed Fantastical 2 for Apple Watch to bring the friendly experience of Fantastical to our users’ wrists.”

Apps on the Apple Watch excel when they focus on quick, useful interactions, which is exactly how Fantastical works. You can create new events using Siri and Fantastical ‘s natural language engine. That means dictating “lunch with Steve tomorrow at 12:30 at Joe’s Diner” will create an event, fill in all of the appropriate details, and include a map pin to where you’re going to eat.

Another cool thing Fantastical does that Apple’s Calendar can’t do yet is let you easily get directions to your next appointment. When an event has a location attached to it, tapping the map will open up directions.

Fantastical 2 won’t let you view your entire month on the Watch. Instead, it prioritises the current day and week ahead, which makes more sense on such a small screen. No one wants to squint at their Watch while trying to navigate a zoomed out view of the month.

Support for Apple’s Handoff technology means that you can have Fantastical running on the Watch and pick up where you left off on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Fantastical was thoughtfully designed: from its ability to make reminders and easily create new events right from your wrist, it’s definitely the best calendar app for the Apple Watch right now.

Fantastical 2 is available in the App Store for $US4.99 on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

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