This smart iOS app could be a useful replacement for both the Calendar and Reminders applications
Size: 39.2 MB
Developer: Floab AB
Platform: iPhone/iPod touch
Apple might be continuing to improve the Calendar app with each iOS release, but there are still definite shortcomings. Developers have tried hard to create their own calendar applications, and some of these have proven to be a real hit with users. The latest to enter this arena, Simpliday, aims to combine the Calendar and Reminders apps together into an all-in-one piece of mobile software. But how does it stack up? Let’s find out.
When you first launch Simpliday, you’ll be struck by the app’s beautiful user interface. This really is stunning: the application uses a picture for its background (which can be customized by the user), and information on your schedule is broken down and presented in an elegant, minimalistic fashion.
First, there’s a week-long overview given at the top of Simpliday’s interface. Here, your appointments and events are represented graphically by small, blue blocks. This kind of design is really useful: it’s easy to see, at a glance, which days are busier than others. Of course, the larger the block, the longer your appointment; multiple blocks stand for multiple events.
You can check on your schedule for individual days by tapping a day in this week-overview interface. Below, your appointments will then be displayed and more information (such as the name of your appointment and its location) will be included. You can scroll down through your day to check on all your forthcoming appointments, and you can tap on individual appointments to find out more information.
Usefully, Simpliday integrates with the Calendars app, and as such it’ll import all your pre-existing events and appointments over. It also integrates with the Reminders app, too, allowing users to also check off reminders from inside the application. Both reminders and events can be created from inside Simpliday, and for both of these it’s possible to add places, attach files, embed links, or invite contacts. A big “+” button along the bottom of the screen allows users to access this interface. If you connect an email account to Simpliday, it’s also possible to convert email messages to reminders with a simple swipe.
For a price ($2.99 per month), users can unlock Simpliday Premium, and this brings some added benefits. Premium subscribers can attach multiple file formats to meetings and reminders, including .doc, .xls, .ppt., .pdf, and more; they can hook multiple email accounts into the app; they can categorize reminders; and they can enjoy premium background images. There’s also a two-week free trial on offer for anyone looking to take Simpliday Premium for a spin.