iPhone Life Magazine - - Contents - BY DONNA CLEVE­LAND


Fan­tas­ti­cal 2 ($3.99) Fan­tas­ti­cal 2 el­e­gantly com­bines the Re­minders and Cal­en­dar app into a sin­gle in­ter­face. It has three main com­po­nents: a task list com­prised of color-coded ap­point­ments and dated re­minders; the DayTicker, a scrolling week-view pane across the top; and a month-view cal­en­dar that you can ac­cess by swip­ing down on the DayTicker. You can still use Siri to gen­er­ate ap­point­ments and re­minders, or you can use Fan­tas­ti­cal's nat­u­ral lan­guage en­gine, one of our fa­vorite fea­tures of the app that con­verts con­ver­sa­tional text en­try into events and re­minders. A key­board with ex­tra num­bers and com­mon punc­tu­a­tion marks also helps speed up the process. We're also a fan of Fan­tas­ti­cal's wid­get, which dis­plays your next ap­point­ment fol­lowed by a list of up­com­ing en­gage­ments on the lock screen. The biggest down­side of Fan­tas­ti­cal is that ver­sions for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac are sold sep­a­rately, mean­ing you have to pay a lot in or­der to get the best ex­pe­ri­ence.

Google Cal­en­dar (Free) If you're a Gmail user, you'll like Google Cal­en­dar, which au­to­mat­i­cally adds reser­va­tion con­fir­ma­tions sent to your Gmail inbox di­rectly to your sched­ule. Google Cal­en­dar makes it easy to cre­ate joint cal­en­dars with co­work­ers and fam­ily; plus the app al­lows you to sync all your cal­en­dars, in­clud­ing iCloud and Mi­crosoft Ex­change. One unique fea­ture of the app is the abil­ity to set goals. Fit­ness goals will sync with your Health app so Google can track your progress for you. Text en­try for events is pre­dic­tive, of­fer­ing help­ful sug­ges­tions as you type. The biggest down­sides are a clut­tered month view and lack of in­te­gra­tion with Re­minders.

24me (Free) This cal­en­dar and task man­ager is sim­i­lar in lay­out to Fan­tas­ti­cal with an in­ter­change­able week and month view. While the app of­fers a lot of options, like driv­ing di­rec­tions and gift lists, it's not as in­tu­itive to use as some of its com­peti­tors. You can add events, to­dos, and notes with text en­try or dic­ta­tion. 24me has a ro­bust no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, but other fea­tures are not as ad­vanced, such as its ‘Speak Out' dic­ta­tion fea­ture, which doesn't au­to­mat­i­cally rec­og­nize days and times. It costs $4.99/month for Pre­mium, which gives you ac­cess to au­to­matic event cre­ation from emails, cus­tom­ized la­bels, nag alerts, pass­word lock, and the abil­ity to add pho­tos from your li­brary to your lay­out.

Timepage ($4.99) We've used and loved Mole­sk­ine note­books for years, but nev­er­the­less, it's hard to deny the ad­van­tages of dig­i­tal sched­ul­ing over old­fash­ioned pen and pa­per. Luck­ily, Mole­sk­ine has brought all the style and el­e­gance of our beloved leather com­pan­ions to its iPhone cal­en­dar app. Timepage places your sched­ule and the weather front and cen­ter, in­clud­ing charm­ing an­i­mated fore­casts along­side your agenda for the day. En­ter­ing tasks is easy and con­ve­nient, as the app rec­og­nizes lo­ca­tions, names, and times for easy task cre­ation. Timepage works with all your cal­en­dars, from iCloud to Face­book to Out­look.

Cal­en­dars by Read­dle (Free) The biggest strength of Read­dle's cal­en­dar app is its vis­ual lay­out. Ap­point­ments ap­pear in color-coded blocks, mak­ing it easy to get a han­dle on all your en­gage­ments at a glance. Our main is­sue with Cal­en­dars is that many fea­tures are not avail­able in the free ver­sion. While it's com­mon to charge users for ac­cess to ad­vanced fea­tures like smart event in­put with a nat­u­ral lan­guage en­gine (which Cal­en­dars charges $1.99 for), the app also charges for com­mon fea­tures like the abil­ity to cre­ate re­cur­ring events and in­vite con­tacts as you sched­ule. For the best user ex­pe­ri­ence, we rec­om­mend pay­ing the one-time fee of $6.99 for full ac­cess to the app.

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