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The best calendar app for iPhone

February 2, 2012

Rejoice! I’ve finally found the best calendar app for the iPhone. It’s called Week Calendar, and it is such a relief and a joy to use it on a daily basis.

If you’re anything like me, you have been continually frustrated by Apple’s built-in calendar on the iPhone. For example, why does Apple only let you see 2 appointments at a time on the month view? Why does Apple make the day view completely unusable by forcing you to scroll through large chunks of color blocks? Why does the list view completely skip over days that don’t have appointments on them, so you totally get thrown off as to which day/week/year you’re looking at? Why is the week view completely unusable and only in landscape mode? Why does Apple do just about everything wrong when it comes to calendaring? (On the Mac, also, Apple has no idea how to make a decent calendar… that’s why we have 100% of our clients using BusyCal, the best calendar app for Mac.)

Apple may make great hardware, but I really think that their software engineers have been asleep at the wheel for the last 2 or 3 years. I have very little positive things to say about Apple’s software these days. Take a look at the disastrous Lion operating system to see what I’m talking about.

Lucky for all of us, Week Calendar has come to the rescue! Week Calendar is almost infinitely customizable, with hundreds upon hundreds of settings. You can truly make this calendar app work exactly the way that YOU want your calendar app to work.

And the technical support team is PHENOMENAL. Send them a question, and they’ll get back to you with the answer almost instantaneously. Send them a feature request, and your request might make its way into the very next update!

It’s just such a joy to deal with both the app and the development team behind the app! I haven’t been this excited about an app in a really long time.

Take a look at some of these amazing screenshots to see just A FEW of the hundreds of ways that you can work with Week Cal. This is by no means exhaustive… this is just a tiny handful of screenshots:

Look at this amazing week-at-a-glance view (known as the “Agenda View” in Week Calendar):

I love this view. It gives you a completely uncluttered glance at each week.

You can scroll through all the appointments on each day, you can tap on an appointment to view it or edit it or share it via email or cut/paste/move it to another time/date. And much more, too… you can even customize your menu choices in Week Calendar.

But it gets better:

If you double-tap on a day, you get taken to this beautiful Day View:

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about! A day-by-day view that ACTUALLY LETS YOU SEE a bunch of your appointments simultaneously, without having to scroll up and down!

And you can even hide those hourly headers (“9:00 AM”, “12:00 PM”, etc.) to show EVEN MORE appointments at-a-glance. Just beautiful.

The monthly calendar rightly takes up just a small section of your screen in the upper right-hand corner, instead of taking over your entire screen like Apple’s calendar app does incorrectly.

So let’s say that you actually like using a monthly view. Week Calendar gives you 2 beautiful month options to choose from, both of which are superior to Apple’s monthly views. The first one is called mini-month view:

WOW! Now why didn’t Apple think of this?! You actually get to see your entire month ALONG WITH THE APPOINTMENTS FOR EACH DAY! This makes it sooo easy to look ahead at your month and see exactly what you’ve got going on.

But if you’re a stickler for tradition and you really want to do it the “Apple way”, Week Calendar has even improved upon Apple’s traditional month view too:

Ta-da!! You get little colored dots on each day, letting you see how many appointments you have on each day for each calendar.

And down below, you have room to see many more appointments then what Apple shows you on their terrible month view. Again, in any of these views, you can double-tap on the date and you’ll be “zoomed into” the day view for that date. And there are a lot of other nice touches, too, such as icons to indicate repeating events and alarms.

Here’s a trick question:

Can you tell what’s unique about this screenshot?

This is called “rolling week” view, similar to the “scrolling week” view of BusyCal. This view always keeps your current week up at the top of your screen, and it scrolls one week at a time instead of one month at a time. This is brilliant for people who always need the current week front-and-center.

There are many other more views, too, such as an amazing week view… I’m just scratching the surface here.

And there are so many other features in Week Calendar as well… you can add custom icons and custom colors to events, you can link events to contacts in your address book, and so much more. There are literally hundreds of ways to customize and use this app.

Here is just one example of the built-in genius of Week Calendar’s customization capabilities:

Notice anything special about this screenshot?

You are able to set the time scroll wheel to show you only 15-minute increments (or any other increment that you desire)!

Halleljuah!! My appointments only take place on the quarter-hour, so why in the world does Apple force me to scroll through 20 selections (every 5 minutes) just to get through an entire hour? With Week Calendar, I can just show the 4 selections that I need!

Oh, here’s another gigantic time-saver… have you ever wanted to jump ahead to a date that was several months in the future, or jump back to a date that was several months in the past? Apple’s built-in calendar makes this a completely daunting task, because Apple forces you to manually tap through one month at a time. Not so with Week Calendar! Week Calendar lets you quickly & easily jump to whatever date you want to jump to! Here’s a screenshot of Week Calendar’s “Go To Date” screen:

I could go on and on about Week Calendar, but I’ll stop there for now. 🙂

I give Week Calendar my highest recommendation, and I urge all of you to try it today!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2012 9:19 AM

    I also love this calendar, but I wish it would sync with my yahoo or google calendar. I love to color code type of tasks, ie. school, work, kids, etc. Am I missing something?

  2. July 6, 2012 9:22 AM

    Yes, you’re missing something. Week Calendar works with Yahoo, Google, iCloud, etc. All calendar services.

  3. September 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    will this sync with a outlook cal on my laptop ?

  4. September 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    It doesn’t sync to anything on its own… it simply reads & writes to the iPhone’s calendar database. So if your Outlook calendar syncs with the iPhone calendar, then your events will show up in Week Cal.

  5. October 17, 2012 6:30 PM

    Is this app couple friendly? If we currently share calendars in google, will this pull both calendars and allow me to view her items? or just the main one ?

  6. October 17, 2012 6:37 PM

    Yes, it will pull both calendars! It actually respects all of your calendar settings from your iPhone’s main “Mail, Calendars, and Contacts” setting, so you don’t need to do any extra configuration within Week Calendar.

  7. November 17, 2012 11:56 PM

    does this calendar have an alarm reminder, (not email or SMS but alarm), that has reminders? Meaning, after the alarm sounds to alert you to the event, it will go off again 5 minutes later and then again 5 min after that. It doesn’t have to be 5 mins apart…I have my old cell set to go off every 10 minutes for an hour…but I’m VERY forgetful and easily distracted and if I don’t have constant reminders I will end up forgetting I had something to do at all.

  8. November 18, 2012 6:49 AM

    Not sure. But the iPhone’s native Clock app lets you snooze alarms.

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