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Windows Phone and Android get two great new calendar apps, and both are called Cal

0. phoneArena 20 Dec 2013, 04:41 posted on

Cal, from the makers of Any.do, appeared recently at the Play Store, after a long stint for iOS, and immediately became a hit. Meanwhile, Windows Phone users got one of the best calendar apps there is for the platform, called... Cal again, but from an entirely different developer...

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posted on 20 Dec 2013, 05:23 4

1. boosook (Posts: 976; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


LOL... if you watch the two videos, the WP app looks like a 10 year-old feature phone calendar compared to the features and interface of the Android one.
I also noticed that the WP version has a live tile that resempbles (very much...) the SimpleCalendar widget in Android...
Nice app, but the gap between the two platforms is still too large.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 06:14 4

3. papss (unregistered)


Its called a theme and it goes with how windows looks/operates... its called unity...thats like saying as a negitive that the android calendar looks like a google program

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 07:08 1

6. boosook (Posts: 976; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Well no, it's not only the theme, it's also the design of the interface (more modern in the Android app, regardless of the theme and the look) and the difference in features, anyway the two developers probably are not comparable since the Android developer is probably a software house and the WP developer is just an independent developer.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 07:19 7

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


No. That's the Metro them that the developer is using.. It's no doubt that the Metro/Modern design language is beautiful, great, design, as had a lot of influence on design lately.. This is award winning design... Your view of WP is pathetic, and it's obvious that since you have such a negative viewpoint about it that you've never owned a WP8 device.. Which in return makes your opinion about it not as valuable as someone who has... Give it up.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 07:58 2

9. boosook (Posts: 976; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


How can I explain it to someone that doesn't want to listen? It's not the Metro theme. It's the design of the interface, regardless of its graphical look.
The Cal app for WP app shows days in the upper part of the screen, with red dots that mark days where you have at least one appointment. Once you click on a day, the appointments are shown in the lower half of the screen. That's all.
Well, my feature phone had the same interface and features many years ago. Frankly speaking, from a 2013 smartphone I expect something more.
Now watch the Android's app video, which I suppose you didn't if you keep on saying that the two apps are comparable.
The app will show you the contacts involved, will show you the location on a map and a button to navigate there, shortcuts to communicate with the contact via gmail, fb etc., you can add events with your voice and the app integrates automatically with Any.do showing your tasks.
Now, if the two apps still are on the same level for you, there's nothing I can do.
The only

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:09 4

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Dude. Quit wasting your breath.. Take it from people who have used WP from day one.. The Metro theme isn't all about live tiles.. We use WP apps everyday, and we know what WP apps look like.. This particular developer went for the most minimalistic design elements if the Metro design language.. This isn't how all WP apps look, but this particular app was intentionally designed with ultra simplicity in mind... When you get a WP device, and use it for a while then you can explain to me, a true WP enthusiasts, what it's all about..

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:26 2

14. boosook (Posts: 976; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


OMG! I'm really wasting my breath!

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 10:09 1

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Now, you're getting it❕.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:13 4

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


And, who's even talking about the apps being on the same level❔ Who cares❔.. Do you think the WP store doesn't have tons of calendar apps that are way better than Androids Cal app, and vice versa❔.. You're just one of those petty Android fans who feel threatened by WP and always have to turn everything into a competition.. Nobody has time to play that pathetic smartphone war game with you. Quit wasting our time.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 13:27

27. elitewolverine (Posts: 1516; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Boosook...you watched a video, did you play with the app? nope.

yes the wp app has your map integrated, has directions as well and if you have Drive, get voice navigation too.

the only thing it doesnt have is messaging and a place to add attendees (update perhaps).

You are watching a promotional video vs someone doing a first look.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 06:50 2

4. alterecho (Posts: 1077; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


A 10 year old feature phone has custom ringtones and different volume profiles. WP doesn't.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 07:10 5

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


WP has been having custom ringtones since WP7.5 Mango.. Separate volume controls are in 8.1... WTF are you talking about❔

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:10 3

11. alterecho (Posts: 1077; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


"are in 8.1"
'Will' be.
8.1 is not released yet. Who knows when it will be released. When it does release though, the competition will much much ahead of it.

Also, you can't set custom IM and msg tones.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:16 3

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The competition can have whatever they have, but it still wouldn't be WP.. Give it up dude.. Some people just like WP, and you're wasting your life trying to convince them otherwise.. Everyday you try, and it's old and pathetic.. Just focus on your own platform of choice.. Besides, exactly what device do you use anyways❔

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:10 2

17. alterecho (Posts: 1077; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


"Some people just like WP, and you're wasting your life trying to convince them otherwise."
I'm not trying to convince anyone. I'm calling it as it is.

"exactly what device do you use anyways❔"
Lumia 820.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 10:08 1

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


It's kinda hard to believe that you have one with the off comments that you make all of the time....

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 11:06 1

23. alterecho (Posts: 1077; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


It is what i have. Believe it or not, i don't care.

I was having WP7.5 running, Samsung Omnia W at one point. After using it, i made up my mind that i wouldn't get another windows mobile. But unfortunately i got another one, because of Nokia.

I was hoping the flaws would have been ironed out in WP8, but it seems Microsoft hasn't learned its lesson.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 21:36

34. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


So, you're saying that Android is less flawed then WP❔... Lol. Ok.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 08:39 1

15. papss (unregistered)


But you said custom ring tones first which says you have no idea what you are talking about. Way to back peddle

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:13

18. alterecho (Posts: 1077; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I meant to mean ringtones as tones or any custom tones. My mistake.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:07 2

16. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Yes you can. That feature came with GDR3, which is out right now.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:13

19. alterecho (Posts: 1077; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I don't see ot on my device.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:43 2

20. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Does your 820 have GDR3 yet, or are you still rocking GDR2? If you are still on the latter, you can bypass your carrier's update rollout by registering as a developer and getting the update direct from MS. GDR3 allows you to set custom ringtones for email, messaging, etc.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 14:39 1

28. vijaysivakula (Posts: 163; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


At least WP runs those apps that i want to run instead of loading all of them into the memory and slowing down my phone and killing my battery.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 15:07

29. ihavenoname (Posts: 1371; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


What? You must be living gingerbread era. Jelly Bean has very sophisticated tasker built in.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 11:25

31. elitewolverine (Posts: 1516; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


yes sophisticated tasker...please 4.3 is killing battery life left and right. I deal with it everyday in tech, its a frustration. Master reset? Nope reset loads 4.3 again.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 21:37

35. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Windows Phone.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 07:07 1

5. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


haha i was just thinking the same thing... +1

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 05:29

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2562; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Great.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 11:23

24. ihavenoname (Posts: 1371; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Dat Android version is stunning. I'm not WP fan but and eventhough it's paid and not as feature rich on WP, it's not actually bad looking. Like metro and iOS 7 blend.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 12:03

25. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 848; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Its amazing how much better an app can be when the platform is so much more open.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 20:02

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 1516; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


open? How open can you get when its free to unlock your phone for dev purposes, you can make apps for free, you can use touchdevelop to code right from your phone, and now the new app builder as well. Please just cause it's MS OS doesn't make so closed only big wigs can play. I have mine unlocked like this and Visual Studio Express installed, can make any app.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 13:24

26. reh1965 (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Fandroids... I am getting bored with you... Paid by google? Anyway if you dont like the minimalistic design get another app. That simple.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 19:59

30. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


I think the WP versions UI looks wayyy better. But functionality is a different story.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 11:27

32. elitewolverine (Posts: 1516; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Other than messaging its the same.

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