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Fantastical for iPhone 5 App Review

Fantastical for iPhone 5 App Review

Calendar apps fall into that same category of apps that the market is completely flooded with, along with photo editing software. With so many out there, it can be difficult to know which one you should be downloading but in this case the decision has been made somewhat easier by the fact that the app in question has already been widely acclaimed on the Mac and now it has found its way to the iPhone to provide a superior Calendar tool. Fantastical for the iPhone is available now for just $1.99 from the App Store.

One of the things that made the Mac version so popular was how quick and easy its process was and that has survived the transition to the iPhone. In its new, condensed incarnation all the features are present and correct. Getting started with it is easy and once it is installed you can then sync it with the iPhone’s built-in calendar so that all the details you already entered previously can be transferred over, which saves a lot of time.

The event addition process is what makes it so easy to use as there is a much more naturalistic approach than in most calendar apps. Rather than going through various stages of naming the event, selecting a date and then a time, you can do it all in one swift step. All you have to do is type in one sentence, what you are doing when and where as if you were just telling a friend and the app will interpret it as an event. Based on the information you provide, it will save it as though you had gone through all the standard stages of setting a reminder.

With the addition of Siri dictation you can now just tell the app the nature of your event and it will save it. All it requires is a tap of the dictation button, a clear declaration of the appointment you wish to keep and then a quick tap of the Add button. While the iPhone calendar can do this, it is all presented so much more clearly in Fantastical and the interface is also more appealing.

The app gives you two different views of your events. While you can see all the upcoming events in one list, you can also choose between a month view and a week view, depending on how you want to organise it. From here you can swipe between views, scroll along the timeline of events and return to today with a quick tap.

Whether you are a fan of the original Mac version or a newcomer, this is an excellent organisational app to have on your iPhone and it is certainly a better one to carry around with you than the built-in offering. Adding events is a very simple, naturalistic process that utilises Siri’s capabilities perfectly and the results are very easy to navigate and read. If you need a good calendar app, this could be the one.

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