Best Android and iPhone calendar apps and widgets (2015 edition)

Best Android and iPhone calendar apps and widgets (2015 edition)
If you're serious about maximizing your productivity, a good calendar app to organize your time is of the essence. We've looked through the most popular calendar apps on Android and iOS to find the best apps and widgets available.

In those Android and iPhone calendar apps, we've looked first and foremost for functionality and ease of use, but when we see a stunning visual style, it adds a lot of bonus points as well. Some of the apps that we've picked right below, are right for just some people, other we give as an alternative to those who don't like our favorites for one of their peculiarities.

With recent developments on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and the introduction of Google's new stock calendar app, the situation on Android is definitely improving quickly, but the platform already has some great apps. In fact, some of the best Android calendar apps are exclusive to the platform, meaning you won't find them on an iPhone or iPad. The same goes for some of iOS' top offerings, so we could safely say there is parity in terms of quality calendar apps on both platforms.

But how do calendar apps differ and which are the best calendar apps and widgets on Android and iOS? We've found some great new calendar apps that would replace the stock solutions of most popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, S5, Note 3 (with their S Calendar), LG G3, HTC One (M8), and more that offer bonus features like putting calendar appointments easily on a map, tagging your friends in calendar events, getting friends’ birthdays right in the calendar, and so on. Join us as we look at the best new Android calendar apps right below.

#13: Jorte

Price: Free

Starting with the most basic option that will get the job done without much extra flare, Jorte is a retro-styled calendar with an ever-present tab bar so you can quickly switch between views and get the job done.

#12: Agenda Calendar

Price: $1.99

A strikingly minimalist calendar, Agenda will appeal to lovers of black and white, and good design. It’s far from being the most advanced calendar out there when it comes to function, but it integrates easily with popular calendar solutions.

#11: aCalendar

Price: Free | $3.99

aCalendar is a great solution, rich in functionality: you have options to set events to repeat, and it comes with improved widgets, allowing you to select the size and view (daily, weekly, or monthly). Navigation is also straightforward, but while simple and straightforward, aCalendar lacks in the design department.

#10: DigiCal

Price: Free | $4.95

Using Google Calendar as its core, DigiCal brings a very useful split-screen view where the upper part shows your calendar with color-coded events, while the bottom shows the appointments for the day, so you don’t have to tap on a day to see what are the actual events planned then. Having a night and day theme is also nice, and overall it’s a simple and useful solution, but DigiCal lacks the visually pleasing experience some may be looking for.

#9: CalenMob (Pro)

Download CalenMob on Android | iOS
Price: Free | $6.99 (Pro edition)

With a simple and clean, somewhat retro look, CalenMob appeals with its great selection of a whopping 7 views - day view, week calendar view, week agenda view, month view, mini-month view, custom view and agenda view. You also have a rich selection of custom widgets, and an advanced reminder system, in addition to others, more standard option.

#8: Business Calendar: rich in options, but feels quaint in its looks

Price: Free | $4.99

A long-time favorite, Business Calendar is an Android calendar app that is extremely rich in functionality, but relying only on its established name is not enough, and it now looks terribly dated and out of style, to the point where it seems that newer, fresher designs are even more functional. It’s tap-on-appointment animations are quick and useful, and it allows easy switching between color-coded calendars, plus menus (while long) are logically organized. In the premium version, you have the option to select individual calendars for each widget, additional dark theme, templates for events and so on.

#7: UpTo Calendar: down to the point

Download UpTo Calendar on Android | iOS
Price: Free

UpTo Calendar is a calendar we're particularly fond of because of how useful and straightforward it is. Somewhat similar to the more feature-packed Sunrise calendar, this one comes with a blander color gamut that is less intense, but with an equally great monthly view, as well as some neat calendar discovery options. Apart from the usual birthdays and Google calendar integration, UpTo Calendar allows you to view schedules for all sorts of interests like say a TV series schedule - after you set it up, all it takes is a pinch to zoom on the calendar to see those schedules.

#6: Google Calendar (Android Lollipop edition): material design with a splash of color

Price: Free

The Android Lollipop-edition Google Calendar, is a thing of beauty and function. We have criticized Google for its calendar of times past Lollipop, but it seems that the company has put a lot of effort in the new, completely refashioned Android L Calendar, and it looks very promising in all its Material Design fame.

#5: Tempo Smart Calendar: a smart calendar that integrates with everything

Price: Free

The right solution for business people who do lots of conference call, travels, and team meetings, Tempo manages to integrate all of this functionality inside one app. It is also about the little things like quick built-in 'I'm running late' messages, and overall this is a very appealing solution for the team leader, but less so for the common user.

#4: Sol Calendar: a cute calendar with emoji

Price: Free

A fun take on Android calendars that is different with its colorful icons that you can add to all events and make them stand out in your agenda, Sol Calendar is a free option that is surprisingly rich in options and functionality as well. You have all standard cloud calendar integration options, along with the richest choice in widgets of all calendars mentioned so far - in Sol Calendar you can customize widgets to have different size, information, color, and style.

#3: Fantastical 2: a solid calendar with no clutter

Download Fantastical 2 for iPhone | iPad
Price: $2.99 (phone) | $9.99 (tablet)

An iOS-only offering, Fantastical 2 is a pricey calendar app with a lot of depth that comes without the whole affair becoming overly complex. It's a straightforward experience that is easy to register and comes with the benefit of an impressively good natural language recognition, so that you can just type your appointment and have it setup without having to fill up endless fields. Just type something like "Meeting at 7pm with Alex", hit 'done', and off you go. Fantastical 2 is also neatly optimized for tablets with a separate app that makes use of the extra space.

#2: Sunrise Calendar: the runner-up, with all bells and whistles

Price: Free

Sunrise Calendar is second in this ranking, but really it does not fall short of Any.Do’s Cal in any aspect and stands on perfectly equal footing. We consider it a runner-up for its slightly less appealing visuals, but its more simplistic style allows for more information on the screen.

What does Sunrise offer on its own: it’s got integration with all major services, a useful agenda view combined with a calendar, integrates Facebook birthdays and events easily, and adds a nice sprinkle of weather information (morning, noon, and evening info) right in your calendar. Adding new events is a tiny bit clunkier than on Cal, but for all else, Sunrise Calendar is an outstanding calendar app.

#1: Cal by smartphone calendar done right

Price: Free

Cal: Android Calendar by Any.Do, or simply Cal, arrived in its final version in December, at the very end of 2013. Since then, we've seen no other Android calendar app match Cal’s killer visuals - slick looks with different background image for everyday, extremely fluid animations, but most importantly, a very straightforward and quick, one-tap calendar experience where you can add an event without having to go through countless menus.

Of course, Cal syncs with all major calendar services: Google Calendar, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, iCloud and more, but it also adds voice controls, smart maps, makes it easy to add more people to an event and notify them about it, and even allows you to congratulate people for their birthdays on Facebook straight from the app.



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lots of choices with awesome features.

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No doubt Cal is the most beautiful calendar app. But PA should try this one I'm using it for a few days now.... So far, So good. :)

11. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Here too.... Great app and material design =D

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Today is my calender to go to for some time now and I love it. The dev is very active and puts in very nice features.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Used Cal for a while now and recently switched to Sunrise to give it a go. Very nice featureset. Not quite as beautiful as Cal, but a little easier to navigate your overall calendar.

4. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I like Sol and a.Calendar for their month view option for the widgets. Since I have an HTC device I default to the built in calendar widget which has served me very well. For my backup Motorola devices it's either Sol or a.Calendar but Sol wins out for it's customization being mostly free unlike aCalendar in which I have to pay to unlock different colors (dark works best for AMOLED).

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm using Android Pro Widgets for my calendar.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Free" calendar programs all steal your data and make you the product. They will sell where you go to eat, who you know, where you like to go, how much money they can determine you are spending on different things, when you are on vacation, how often you are sick, etc.

10. willard12 unregistered

For some people, that just saves them time from having to put it on Facebook.

8. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I tried both aCalendar - Android Calendar (Tapir Apps GmbH) and DigiCal Calendar & Widgets ( Digibites ) But buy far the best is... is Business Calendar (Appgenix Software) multiple display eg instead of week / month say 5 day view ,or 8 day view, you got it Appointments on S-planner phone can be changed to Google calendar easily Any appointment can be copied retaining all the text so used as a template for another appointment. Afaik ONLY S-planner allows you to bluetooth a calendar event to another phone As I have a Window 8 phone I can bluetooth a private event form my Samsung Galaxy Sam Gal phone to my W8 phone Items I save in Google Calendar I can sync to my Window 8 phone so no need to bluetooth items I want just on my phone I bluetooth across from Sam gal to W8 Reason unbeknowst to me Nokia have disabled some of features of bluetoothon W8 presumedly W7 also Calendar event CANNOT be sent by Blutetooth to another phone ONLY RECIEVED Business calendar is far superior of the 3, UNLIKE S-PLANNER NO BLUETOOTH. Iin order no to retype or sync private event, by Bluetooth Business calendar to create or edit, duplicate any event, S-Planner to bluetooth to another phone

9. durrav

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Can't believe Today Calendar isn't on this list! By far my favorite calendar app. All the functions I need and beautifully designed. Nice animations with material design.

12. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

^^^ Ditto. Terrible ommission.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same here, was scrolling down to expect that one also. For me the best calendar and a very active developer.

14. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Quite a big fan of the Google calendar - mostly because of its simplicity and great agenda widget. The material design I feel was designed in the calendar in mind. Good job Google team.

15. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

DigiCal +1 Tried Google Calendar one week ago and it felt terrible.

16. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Tried more of them only to check if they are better then S-planner on Samsung phones. No of them have basic YEAR overview which S-planner has. For those that plan months ahead it is a good feature so i stay with S-planner also for TASKs that sync with exchange.

17. jonbo

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2014

You should try zoom calendar. best calendar i have used.

19. GeekMovement unregistered

Thanks for the list!

20. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

i use sol calendar on my phone. I love it's stickers and overall design. Meanwhile i use sunrise on my macbook air. It is good, but the design is pretty bland.

21. nathanb131

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Good list. Lots of great apps here. Really surprised by the rankings though. I've always favored calendars that most efficiently display the 'big picture' of the next few days/months with the ability to toggle on/off work, personal, events, family etc calendars. For this purpose Business Calendar is an incredibly productive app. Using most of the top ranked here would drive me insane because I'd constantly have to click around on different days to see what's coming and dive deep into a menu to 'toggle' on/off certain calendars. 'Simple' isn't more efficient, it's just simpler. With one glance at my default BCal view I can effortlessly get the big picture of my schedule without having to navigate through some pretty bubbles to paint that same picture. Information density allows me to see the entire house without having to take a tour room-by-room like would make me do. But hey that guided tour is more aesthetically pleasing right?! I don't understand this trend of viewing information density as ugly and complicated. How is having to tap around several times to see the big picture now seen as 'better' design? Business Calendar being down this list is like putting Microsoft Excel behind a handful of slick calculator apps because they just 'feel' nicer when calculating a tip.'

22. Miruvoras

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

There is a successor for Business Calendar called Business Calendar 2 that has a much improved design and a modern interface. Maybe it could have been mentioned in the 2015 edition of this review.

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