The calender app on your iPhone is useful for tracking your schedule and adding events, and Facebook integration brings in birthdays so you know to go to Facebook or iMessage to send birthday wishes. But several new calendar apps do much more than just the basics, and some are so well connected with your e-mail accounts and social networks that you can do much more with your schedule. I've rounded up five modern calendar apps in this slideshow that give you much more than what the iPhone calendar app has to offer.
Cal (free) keeps the interface simple and elegant, while packing plenty of punch under the hood. This calendar app gives you a standard month view with scheduled items for the day listed at the bottom. A swipe up collapses the calendar to the current week, showing just the events happening today. A red "next" indicator helps you zero in on the next item on your schedule.
What's especially cool about Cal is that when you have an event on your schedule, you can tap it to bring it up full screen. This brings up the event name and time of the event, along with the location on a map; a button to open the maps app if you need directions; and buttons across the bottom for adding people, writing notes about the event, and setting up reminder alarms. The layout is very intuitive so navigation among the various screens quick and efficient.
The app has an extra feature to manage tasks via Any.Do, a to-do list app that integrates seamlessly with Cal. With both apps on your iPhone you can master your day's events and have quick access to lists for shopping, for example.
July 12, 2013 5:31 PM PDT
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