Best Android and iPhone calendar apps and widgets (2015 edition)
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
#8: Business Calendar: rich in options, but feels quaint in its looks
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
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
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
#4: Sol Calendar: a cute calendar with emoji
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
#2: Sunrise Calendar: the runner-up, with all bells and whistles
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 Any.do: smartphone calendar done right
Cal: Android Calendar by Any.Do, or simply Any.do 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 Any.do 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, Any.do 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.