Fantastical 2 vs Calendar 5

TheSacredSoul

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Which calendar app do you prefer? Seems like these 2 are the best in the field in iOS. I only have one device, iPhone. No iPads. So which would be recommended? All i want is a simple calendar/reminder apps that I can set/clear events fast.

Thanks!
 

TheSacredSoul

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For your needs, probably Fantastical... simple, no nonsense, nice interface

But I use both off and on
May I ask why use both if both does the same thing? :eek:

I am leaning towards Fantastical myself. Is it iOS8/iP6 optimized?
 
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TheSacredSoul

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The interface and view is different, so sometimes I prefer a different look
But I also use Informant Pro as well :)
Wow, that is a lot of apps. I am coming over from Android but more importantly, I did not have a habit of using Calendar to keep track of appointments. Just starting now so something simple would be good which is why I think F2 fits my needs. Thanks for your input, MacDawg!
 
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eddiec312

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I've been using Fantastical for almost a year now. I couldn't stand the ios7 calendar when it came out so I looked for a replacement asap. I've never tried Calendar 5 so I can't compare but ever since I got F2 I haven't had a reason to look elsewhere. It's been worth every penny.

It's very easy to use, nice and simple with a great interface. It's also very easy to sync to google calendar, icloud calendar, or any calendar for that matter. I highly recommend it.
 
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Abazigal

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Fantastical also has reminders integration, so you can also use it as a makeshift to-list list. Not sure of calendars does the same thing.
 
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MacTCE

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I've used both Fantastical 2 and Calendar 5. The reason I've stuck with F2 is due to the Mac app that's available as well so it's a uniform experience using plain language to create appointments. I do wish F2 would release a Notifications widget for iOS 8 like Calendar 5 has now. That IMHO is the only thing missing that would give Calendar 5 an advantage.
 
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TheSacredSoul

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I've used both Fantastical 2 and Calendar 5. The reason I've stuck with F2 is due to the Mac app that's available as well so it's a uniform experience using plain language to create appointments. I do wish F2 would release a Notifications widget for iOS 8 like Calendar 5 has now. That IMHO is the only thing missing that would give Calendar 5 an advantage.
I do hope that comes in a future update/
 
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phillytim

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I really like the Sunrise calendar; especially since you can overlay all kinds of calendars to it (which you can't do with Fantastical), AND it shows the weather each day (morning, afternoon, evening).

Sunrise would probably knock Fantastical out of the running, if Sunrise built in support for iOS Reminders.

Tho, Sunrise DOES have Evernote Reminders support built in....
 
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C DM

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I really like the Sunrise calendar; especially since you can overlay all kinds of calendars to it (which you can't do with Fantastical), AND it shows the weather each day (morning, afternoon, evening).

Sunrise would probably knock Fantastical out of the running, if Sunrise built in support for iOS Reminders.

Tho, Sunrise DOES have Evernote Reminders support built in....
I like Sunrise too, and it would be great if it added reminders support, and had a Today widget in the iOS 8 Notification Center. Hopefully all of that, or at least some of that, is coming (sooner than later).
 
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imasterus

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I do use none of them now, though own each of them.
Fantastical 2 is really great in quick input of the events and tasks/reminders. Calendars 5 doesn't have natural language input of tasks, unlike events. Though, Calendars 5 is better at managing tasks both visually (better UI) and technically (ease of reordering, i.e.). Also, Calendars 5 has a great week view.
So, if you don't care about structure of your events/tasks and like quick entry of events/tasks - then I would recommend Fantastical 2.
If you like to have a full control over your tasks and events - go for Calendars 5.
 
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xraydoc

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I use an app called Week Cal. It has many of the features of Calendar 5, but it can put the number of remaining appointments for the day as an indicator number on the app icon. I find that very handy.
 
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C DM

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I use an app called Week Cal. It has many of the features of Calendar 5, but it can put the number of remaining appointments for the day as an indicator number on the app icon. I find that very handy.
Any widget for that app?
 
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