The calendar app that comes with the iPhone is great, but there are many specialised and stylised alternatives that provide an equally compelling experience.Some of these apps automatically sync with iCal, so they may be more like “skins,” but several offer great new features like syncing with Google Calendar.
Yes, you can sync with Google Calendar using an exchange server or a subscription on iCal (which can sync to your iPhone Calendar), but apps like CalenGoo make syncing with Google seamless.
Check out our list of the best alternatives to the default iPhone calendar app.
Calvetica brings a Windows Phone 7 look to the iPhone, and also brings some great features.
The standard calendar view enables you to switch months just by tapping once (vs. scrolling through using arrows on the iPhone), and also enables you to switch years by swiping to the left or right.
Also, adding events on Calvetica is incredibly quick and easy. One killer feature is being able to turn the phone sideways for a comprehensive week-view.
Price: $2.99 on the App Store
The app can't sync with iCal, but if you're a Google Calendar power user or to-do list master, Pocket Informant could be for you.
The app uses colour coding to differentiate task groups and synchronizes with ToodleDo, a popular to-do list manager, and supports tagging for events and to-do items.
Also, the app supports to-do list platforms GTD and Franklin Covey. Shake your phone to sync the app with the cloud at any time.
Price: $12.99 on the App Store
CalenGoo has been around for a while, and is still one of the best ways to use Google Calendar and Google Tasks on your iPhone.
One amazing feature of CalenGoo is being able to view and edit events offline. CalenGoo saves changes and uploads them to Google when you have service or an internet connection again.
Another feature that's more important than you would think is that the app's colour coding tries to match exactly what you have online in your Google Calendar. This feature makes managing multiple calendars much more effortless.
Price: $6.99 on the App Store
MiCal employs a cool 'dashboard' view to give you a glimpse what's going on in all of your calendars, including those from Facebook events you want to sync.
App Store reviewers praise its features but criticise its complexity and sometimes-unreliable nature. With features like GPS-tagging events, weather forecasts, and more, this calendar is worth a try.
Price: $1.99 on the App Store
Like CalenGoo, you don't necessarily need an internet connection to use this app, which is a great feature.
One unique feature that GoCal offers is that it supports any iOS device dating back to the original iPhone. Lots of new apps are designed for better processors and graphics, but this app is lean and mean, and even includes Retina Display support if you have an iPhone 4.
One caveat with GoCal is that there is no option to create or edit repeating events, which for some, is a deal breaker.
Price: $4.99 on the App Store
With this app, you can drag and drop events, link contacts to events, pinch to zoom, and hide time frames you don't need. You can even tap and hold to quickly add an event.
The main feature, however, is the excellent week view this app utilizes that shows a week full of appointments in an easy-to-read way. Text is small yet visible, and the clever detail pop-ups are very iPad-esque and intuitive.
Price: $1.99 on the App Store
The Cozi app doesn't categorize your events via labels like 'Work,' 'Leisure,' or 'Friends.' Instead, it tags every event with names of family members.
This way, you can keep track of exactly what every member of your family is up to in one calendar, or by looking at each family member's calendar.
The app also includes shopping lists, to-do lists, a journal to record memorable events and photos, and even syncs with Outlook.
Cozi's online interface is packed with features and calendar views, but the app sadly doesn't have a month view.
Price: $5.99 on the App Store