[iPhone] Let Awesome Calendar keep track of your day-to-day appointments and tasks

When it comes building an iPhone calendar app, you are generally limited to the functions of the built-in iOS calendar itself. So to be successful on the App Store,  a developer must go the extra mile to present all the same information in not only a more appealing manner, but also make their app multifunctional to include other features. That is exactly what the developers of Awesome Calendar have done.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Awesome Calendar sells itself on it’s unique calendar views, integration with Google Task & Google Diary, and numerous additional features that go way beyond what the built-in iPhone calendar can do.

Pros

  • Interface is more user-friendly than the built-in calendar
  • Compatible with all iPhone supported calendars (including Google Calendar)
  • Also can sync with Google Tasks and Google Diary
  • Can control multiple calendars at once
  • Several different views (month, week, half-week, day)
  • Month view contains events in the actually calendar day; very convenient popup for actions
  • Unlimited event alarms with push notifications
  • Several different options for badge value (i.e. day, # of events, etc.)
  • Weather displayed above calendar; quite pleasing to the eye
  • Holidays included (35 different countries)
  • Intriguing photo calendar included for when your photos were taken
  • Numerous user customizations
  • Passcode lock

Cons

  • Main “month” view has very tiny writing
  • A little pricey

Discussion

When you open Awesome Calendar, the first thing you will notice is that its completely different than the built-in calendar. They both start with the monthly calendar, but instead of listing events per day below it, Awesome Calendar puts every event inside the calendar. The app actually places the first 6 letters of the first 3 events to occur that day in the tiny rectangles (representing days). I personally love this feature, but I can see those with eye sight issues having a difficulty time reading it. Just be warned.

You can quickly see all events for that day in larger print (i.e. expanded) by tapping once on a calendar day. You also have the option of seeing a weekly view of your events from the popup, which actually is quite appealing. I can see many users wanting to use this app just for that feature. The closest the built-in iOS calendar gets to that is a list view, but it has nothing on this superbly designed weekly view. Awesome Calendar also has a list view itself for those of you who are interested.

Another feature that will probably catch your eye immediately is the nicely designed weather forecast above your calendar. This was a smart move by the developers, because many jobs are in some way affected by the weather outside and even if there not, everybody has to get dressed in the morning for work. You also might be intrigued by the icon badge options, which can either show the day number or the the number of events, to-dos, or both combined. Given that the default iPhone calendar includes the day number on the app icon itself, you won’t actually lose that if you make the switch permanently.

An interesting addition to this app is a useful photo calendar that shows when your photos have been taken on a calendar. I can see users that utilize the photography element of the phone (more than I do at least) liking this feature a lot. The developers also included a ton of extras and customizations, with everything from unique stickers, to embedded holidays, syncing with Google Diary & Tasks, and different theme colors. I personally love the “fade out” feature which fades out an event on the monthly calendar after it happens. Very helpful!

Conclusion and download link

Awesome Calendar is an exceptional alternative to the native iPhone calendar, adding a ton of features and displaying events in a more useful way. Though Awesome Calendar is a bit pricey, you are indeed getting an app that can completely replace the default calendar by doing everything it does but much more.

Price: $4.99 (Lite version available for Free)

Version reviewed: 2.2.1

Download size: 11.8 MB

Requires: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad; iOS 4.2 and up

Awesome Calendar(+Google Task/Diary) on iTunes

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