If there is a tool that is difficult to do without on your smartphone or at the office, it is the calendar. Thanks to this real agenda that accompanies us on a daily basis, we can be more organized and productive . Indeed, it is possible to define one-off or recurring events and in some cases, share the calendar with other people.
But not all calendars are created equal. Some are simplistic and uncluttered calendars, while others are powerful and versatile apps. As often, the choice is therefore vast and each application will meet everyone's needs.
If your current calendar isn't working for you, here are the 6 best calendar apps for iOS and Android.
Google Calendar (iOS and Android)
If you're looking for an online calendar — whether for personal or business use — the most obvious choice is Google Calendar. Not content to be completely free (if you have a Google account) it can be synced between all your mobile and desktop devices.
Google Calendar comes with a lot of features, like the ability to create separate, color-coded calendars. So you can have a personal calendar, another for business meetings, and yet another for whatever you see fit. You can then share these calendars with your family, colleagues, or virtual assistant .
It's seamlessly integrated with the whole Google environment: When you use your Gmail address to book events, these will be automatically added to your calendar – and you'll also receive reminders and notifications. You can also visualize in Maps the place of your next appointment…
Microsoft Outlook (iOS et Android)
If you're not using Google's suite of tools, then hopefully you're using Microsoft Outlook. Like Google's online calendar, Outlook's online calendar integrates with your email application and you can create multiple calendars. Outlook obliges, it integrates with Skype.
Outlook was built with community in mind, so you can share and view everyone's calendars and upcoming events. With fairly extensive customization features, you can add icons or contacts to your events.
On the integration side, you can synchronize your calendar with Evernote, your Facebook events...
Jordan (Android and iOS)
ere is Jorte, another app available for Android and iOS devices. Jorte is more than a diary app. It's an organization app that helps you manage tasks, take notes , and sync with most online calendars. In fact, Jorte works with Evernote, Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook.
Packed with a number of powerful features, Jorte handles recurring events, can display a countdown for specific events, and even has a very well thought out widget. The application will automatically add the events that interest you, such as the matches of your favorite football team.
What Jorte likes to highlight is his power of personalization. Indeed, you can select your own colors, fonts and background images for your calendar. But for that, you will have to opt for the paid version, which starts at $2/month.
Calendar software for Mac OS, Fantastical is also available in its iOS mobile version. This app is suitable for professional use.
Rich in functions and very customizable, it offers a "smart" display of the calendar and the simplified addition of your events. Fantastical can work in conjunction with the Reminders feature of iOS.
No jealousy this time with an “Android only” application, CloudCal. This particularly colorful diary lets you know at a glance what the day's schedule is made up of.
You can import other calendars (like those from Google, Outlook and Samsung Calendar) and display weekly, monthly, daily views… A Pro version will allow you to sync CloudCal with Facebook, Evernote, Trello, Eventbrite and Meetup and more .
Any.Do (Android and iOS)
The last one in this top is an application as great as it is frustrating. The calendar of the organizational suite offered by Any.Do has many arguments to become indispensable. Minimalist design and advanced features are on the program in this application that you can synchronize with almost all your connected gadgets and online calendars from Google, Outlook...
You can also add the location of your appointment and activate GPS navigation in one click. Its widget displays your daily tasks, in chronological order, in a style that is also minimalist and very pleasant. A premium version is offered at $6/month to color tasks, customize the theme, etc.
All of this would make it the perfect application if it weren't just for English speakers! This is where the frustration comes in, how such an application can only be offered in English when its official website is (not always very well) translated into 11 languages?
Our tip for getting organized with a calendar
Whatever application catches your eye, the important thing is to use it daily and find the one that best suits your use.
If you are used to working on your phone and on your computer, opt for an application also available from a web browser!