[Price: Free / $3.99]
First on our list is aCalendar. This is one of the most popular and feature-heavy apps on the list. It’s free to use with no ads but you can get even more features if you get the $3.99 version. It includes features like widgets, good resource management (low battery strain), various colors for organization, NFC sharing, and other little stuff like the lunar calendar. It’s a good, solid option especially for those who like or require widgets.
Business Calendar is oriented more toward people who use their calendar for work and business purposes. The free version has ads while the paid version has more features and no ads. It looks pretty nice for a calendar and you can tell it’s designed to be used pretty heavily. In the paid version, you can get some more unique features like drag-and-drop events, the ability to add a task manager app, about a dozen more widget designs, and the ability to create templates for events in your calendar. Overall, it’s a solid option with some strong features.
Cal Calendar is one of our favorite entries on the list because it’s not only a good calendar but it also won our best designed app of the year for 2013. It has all the basic features that you’d expect from a calendar plus a few extras like tagging events with locations. It’s also very well designed, modular, and easy to use. It’s definitely a step in a different direction from other calendar apps and it’s totally free.
CalenGoo is not the most popular on our list, but it is one of the highest rated. In terms of design, it’s a little dated but that also allows it to be somewhat easier to organize. It also has a very rich feature set including creating events via SMS, exporting calendars in ICS files, exporting to PDF, support for Google event colors, and more. It’s a little more complicated than many of these it even comes with a number of widgets. If you’re looking for something a little more feature heavy, this could be it.
Cozi Family Calendar was designed for, you guessed it, families. It not only features a calendar for busy parents to keep track of things, but a full featured to-do list that can help people manage their days accordingly. The big draw with an app like this is the ability to share to-do lists and calendar events with all members of the family. So if a daughter has a piano recital, only one parent needs to make the event and then share it with the rest of the family. As an added bonus, you can also see all events and to do lists online as it syncs with Cozi’s proprietary servers.
DigiCal Calendar is much like Cal Calendar in a sense that it focuses on design as much as functionality. With this calendar app, you can sync all of your calendars and view them in six different ways or using one of five different widgets. It also has Google Now support which is extra nice if you’re a regular user of Google Now. There is also a paid version for $4.95 that adds extra widget options, colors, and removes ads.
Of course we have the obligatory nod to Google Calendar. It’s the official calendar from Google that has pretty much all the features you can expect from a basic calendar on Android. It’s a really solid option and if you’re going for an all Google experience you kind of have to use this one. It doesn’t have any ridiculous features, but it has all of the basic ones which still makes it a solid option.
Jorte is definitely the most flamboyant calendar app on our list and that’s perfectly okay because sometimes you just need something more colorful. It does by being the only app on the list that has a store where you can go get backgrounds and icons for the calendar app to customize it how you please. It also has a proprietary sync service that allows you to sync your calendars between devices. Along with those things, it can also do pretty much all of your standard calendar stuff. It’s free so if you want something a little different, this is a good option.
Last up is Touch Calendar and it is, by far, the most simple calendar on the list. It doesn’t have all of the features of most of the apps on this list but it does have the most basic features. It’s not one we would regularly recommend but it has over a million downloads and people comment on how easy it is to use. So if you are looking for a calendar without all the bells and whistles, this is a good one to try. If you pay the $3.95 for it, you can get a few extra features such as more widget options and changing things like font size.
Calendar apps aren’t as plentiful as other categories so there aren’t as many truly great options. There are new apps coming all the time, though and even some on this list weren’t around before last year so it’s perfectly possible that we may have missed a great calendar app. If we have and you want to talk about it, the comment section is always open for you.
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No S Planner?
And just how do people who don’t own Samsung phones supposed to get S Planner? :P can’t include OEM apps because no one can get them.
Touche…however a large number of android users happen to own samsung phones
That’s true and even I own one but these lists for people searching for apps to download. Seems kinda wrong that I add an app that they can’t have :P
What about SolCalendar?
Might be cool if the guys who made Timely made a calendar app, although its kinda owned by google now, but still
Hi, what about reviewing vcCalender. Very feature rich and has contacts, to do and notes integrated all in one package.
I like the stock Touchwiz calendar on the Note 3 best.
in my opinion the best calendar app in digical. the only one contro is that it costs too much
Calendars are personally demanding, as compared with other informational apps. Important to consider which sync with which online calendars you already have invested time and effort to set up, or are stand alone. Free aCalendar syncs Google calendars nicely, no ads, low on resources and has a handy screen widget – all I want.
I’ve been using Jorte for the last week, I like that is has a dark theme..
Jorte is a great calendar but I dropped them a year ago after they started requiring a crazy number of app permissions. Tried everything and ended up with aCalendar because it had the same functionality without the risky permissions and it allowed me to have a fullscreen month widget with transparency like Jorte’s homescreen widget.
I use Pocket Informant which has just about anything you need in a calendar app. It costs a few bucks but it goes on sale all the time. Not the best in terms of design like Cal (which I’ve used as well) but gets the job done.
PI was decent in Ver 2. Ver 3 was supposed to be a complete rewrite upgrade, yet it lacks MANY features of V2 and introduced countless bugs. Anytime you point out a bug to them, they say it will be fixed in a future release. I’ve seen 7 or 8 releases, and my bugs still exist. Basically it was a money grab. They got the last of my money with that stunt.
Hm. Version 3 seems to work just fine for me. I quite like Pocket Informant.
I had that on my list at one point, but I took it off. A $10 app should have a higher than 3.9 rating imho. If you’re going to charge a Hamilton for an app, it should do a lot better than that :)
I’m looking for a calendar app that doesn’t plug into google calendar but keeps itself seperate from the standard google calendar, any ideas?