iPhone Fantastical 2 vs calendar 5?

RStolpe

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Jan 19, 2019
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Hi,
I’m searching for a new calendar app that have a nice GUI but also can handle all of my calendars in a good way.

I have two work calendar (exchange)

one private, one shared with my son, one shared with my wife. (iCloud)
 

jk1211

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I like Fantastical. Something about the layout/UI with Calendars 5 I dont like. Cant put my finger on it.

But I use an agenda/list type view so Fantastical fits that better for me.

I also find the Fantastical widget way way better. You can scroll through days and see what you have and mark reminders completed without even opening the app. Not a dealbreaker but a huge time saver Calendars 5 widget last I used it was rather poor in comparison.
 

Paco II

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I bounce around trying Fantastical and Calendars 5, and always end up back with Apple's Calender app. Don't love the UI of either of the apps. And push notifications are far more reliable in my experience with Calendar app.
 
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xerxers

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I bounce around trying Fantastical and Calendars 5, and always end up back with Apple's Calender app. Don't love the UI of either of the apps. And push notifications are far more reliable in my experience with Calendar app.
I have used Pocket Informant for a number of years and found it to be very easy to use. I can add iOS or exchange calendars without any issues at all. I can color code everything so that I can instantly see what calendar I am looking at all on the same screen.

The developer is very responsive to error reporting and open to suggestions

 

LogicalApex

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I like Fantastical and I wasn't a major fan of Calendars 5 even though I own both.

That being said, calendar apps are a lot like To Do apps there isn't a one size fits all solution so you'll have to watch reviews and or pick them both up and see which works best for you and your workflow.

I have used Pocket Informant for a number of years and found it to be very easy to use. I can add iOS or exchange calendars without any issues at all. I can color code everything so that I can instantly see what calendar I am looking at all on the same screen.

The developer is very responsive to error reporting and open to suggestions

I haven't used Pocket Informant since my Windows CE days, but their app looks too cumbersome for me. I couldn't understand why I would need to buy the app + an Outlook add-on to sync with Exchange. Why can't the app just connect to Exchange via iOS or macOS or directly since Exchange has a really good sync protocol built in.
 

ecstaticax

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I am using Fantastical for both iPhone and iPad since launch. I perfectly fits my need. I also bought Calendars 5, but it’s way more complicated.
 

Paco II

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I've never understood why Fantastical doesn't have agenda view in portrait.
 

TiggrToo

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Out there...way out there
I haven't used Pocket Informant since my Windows CE days, but their app looks too cumbersome for me. I couldn't understand why I would need to buy the app + an Outlook add-on to sync with Exchange. Why can't the app just connect to Exchange via iOS or macOS or directly since Exchange has a really good sync protocol built in.
Because it would cut off a potential revenue stream?

I used to loved PI back in the day when I was an Android user, but their business practices started to turn me off. It was due to nonsense like this that I've not used PI for years.

Quite frankly I'm rather gobsmacked that they're around...