Sunday, 1 May 2011

Easy Calendar iPhone calendar app review (updated)

After the Easter break here I am with a new review. This time the app is Easy Calendar.
If I have to summarize this app in one word it would be: simplicity.

Easy Calendar is a calendar app with only one view: week view. This is the only view you will get and to be honest, this is enough for me.

The week view is exactly the one I always expect: Monday to Sunday, with Saturday and Sunday as a half size box, and days ordered up-down and left-right.

You can see some events in gray color: these are non-editable events. Editable ones are shown in normal black font.

Whenever the day has more events that cannot be shown on the box, you will get an indicator that you can tab to get more details for that day:

If we have a look at the week view we can see in the upper part the week number. This is really useful if you use week numbers at work like I do. (we always refer to week numbers in all our projects at work).

On the upper left corner we have a button to go back to today and on the right side we have a button to go to a specific month.This is the first think that I find not so consistent. The main point of the app is to show weeks, but you cannot jump to a specific week. Instead you have to jump to a month. There should be at least an option to choose between week or month in my honest opinion.

Now, how do you add an event? Just tab on the empty area of a day or on the date bar and the event creation screen will appear.

Really easy and fast. Actually, the app is design to decrease the number of tabs that you need to create, delete and modify events. By default the event has a duration of one hour. You can change also the date of the event by pressing on the Date button. You will be presented with the same type of week view where you can choose the date.

You can also change the event to all-day duration easily with the slider. On the text field you enter the event tittle. If you need more specific details then you press the More button and you will get the familiar

Add Event window from iOS calendar app.

In order to modify an event, just tab on it and you will be presented with the same quick event editor that it is used to create a new event. You can then move or modify the event using the same logic explained before. Also an option to delete the event is given.

You can also easily move an event by tapping and holding on it and then selecting the date where the event is going to be moved.

And about the options, you will find them in the iPhone Settings app. I really like apps that keep their settings there, so all app options can be found on the same place and the interface of the app gets cleaner.

Options in Easy calendar are quite simple: enable/disable hints, a nice option that makes the app to go automatically to Today after 15 minutes, week numbering (International or USA) and the time zone.

I find the app very quick and responsive and it is what it makes it so good: simple and fast. However I would like to see more options added: configurable font size, font color according the calendar (or a small color line in front of the event). Also, an action could be added when you press on the week number bar. I hope the developers are listening and they add some of these features soon.

If you want a quick and simple week view app, I highly recommend it. You can buy the app from this iTunes link. They have a 75% spring discount till the end of the month so hurry up and grab a copy :-)



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