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Review Google Calendar
Decent calendar that syncs your entries across all devices
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 01 Jul 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Good reminders, lots of settings, completely free
Limited features, old fashioned design, lags a bit
Google Calendar for Android is a good all around time management tool, though perhaps a little sparse on functionality and personalization.
Google Calendar is included with every Android device. And if for some reason you don’t have it, you can download it for free at any time. It’s a decent all around calendar and completely ad free. The best part of the calendar, in my opinion, is the sync across devices. So any calendar entries you make on your phone, will automatically appear in your tablet and on Google’s desktop calendar as well. So there’s no need to make duplicate entries, and events can be viewed and edited across platforms on virtually any device.
The event reminders are fantastic. I love being able to set multiple reminders for important appointments. I usually set one for 24 hours before, just to remind me it’s coming, and then 1 hour before so I know to get my butt moving, and the final one at 10 minutes. I only do this for really important appointments. But it is a fantastic feature.
The layout of the calendar is nice. I like how there’s a small calendar on the right and you can easily flip through, month after month and advance time quickly. On the left, you can choose day, week or month views. It’s all good and functions well, however, I wish there were more custom options for fonts, colors and pictures.
Google Calendar is a perfectly usable and competent calendar, but just a little plain and boring. Personally, I prefer Jorte because you can fully customize the look and even place different pictures behind each month’s dates. However, none of that diminishes this calendar's functionality. It just would be nice if to be able to give things a more personal touch.
A better calendar with improved synchronization
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 22 Nov 2014, tested on HTC One M8
Beautiful new redesign, improved synchronization features
Still doesn't talk to other Google apps like Keep
Google Calendar for Android is Google’s stock calendar app for the Android platform. The newest firmware has been updated in conjunction with Android 5.0 and has taken Google’s new design guidelines into consideration in the revamp.
The newest iteration of the calendar app is more than just an updated design, it adds a lot of underlying functionality as well. The new app synchronizes and communicates with other apps better than it ever has before. It automatically pulls information from Gmail and gives you details about locations as well.
The design revamp is more than just an aesthetic change; it actually changes the entire way you use the app. The default view is called “schedule”, and it basically gives you a detailed view of all of your upcoming appointments. This is different from just a daily or weekly view, and I find it to be a lot more useful since most of my appointments are spread throughout the week, rather than throughout the day.
Google also did some cool stuff like add context relevant imagery when the month changes. You can even select the name of the month to bring down a small floating monthly view, so you don’t have to swap between views.
I love the new Google Calendar. The revamped design is definitely a step up. It has all of the original features, plus the additional ones mentioned above, which makes the entire experience more complete.