The App Store has 750,000 apps available and surpassed its 50 billionth download. There is no shortage of calendar apps. Doing a search for “calendar” in the app store brings up nearly 5,000 results. That is a very large (ridiculous) number for users to search through. Today, I am going to narrow your choices down to just two, Fantastical and The Grid Calendar. Both apps are well designed and feature rich. Let's dive deeper into the features.
Adding a new event in both applications is easy to do. Tapping the + icon will open up a new event window. Adding events is where these 2 apps really separate themselves. With Fantastical, to change specifics you have to tap on "Show Details" . The Grid Calendar will take you into the specifics, saving you an extra step.
Within the settings, you can select what calendars are visible, enable Time Zone support, enable App Icon Badge, Highlight weekends, change the default alert and duration, change the day your week starts on, show empty days, and show event list. Click on the images below to see more.
There are a ton of options available in the settings. There are 19 (!!!) color options available*. You have the option to select the viewable calendars, choose the day you want your week to start on, Draw Style, Color Text, Calendar Text, Week Numbers, Day Badge, Default Event duration, Default Alarm, Reminders, and Weather.
Conclusion Both Fantastical And The Grid Calendar are powerful applications. Choosing one over the other was not easy to to as they both have pros and cons. Fantastical has a nice color pallet, allows you to share calendars and is easy to set up. The natural language input is simply amazing. How the app is able to recognize date, time and location and make an event is the killer feature from Fantastical. The The Grid allows you to save templates, change color schemes, share events to social networks and more. The more is what swayed me towards The Grid although the language parsing made my choice difficult. . I love having a quick look at the upcoming forecast while I am planning my week. Being able to drag and drop an event from one day to the next and saving templates are great. I use the drag and drop all the time. I love the cleanness of the app with the Midnight Theme and having the draw style to Numbers. The Grid does have a few things missing that I would like to see. The ability to share a calendar vs events only would be nice but is not a must have. You have to share the calendar from the iOS app. The Grid is also a free application to start but you wont get weather, Week Ribbon view, reminder support and are limited on color options. If The Grid could incorporate the language parsing then it would be a no contest which app is the best. With nearly 5,000 calendar apps available to you in the App Store, both Fantastical & The Grid Calendar have better offerings then the rest. With colors and features galore these 2 apps blow away the stock iOS application. Which calendar will you choose?
*Available as an In App Purchase