App Review: Fantastical 2 for iPhone

One of my favorite calendar apps used to be Sunrise. Then, Microsoft bought it and supposedly integrated the best features of Sunrise into the Outlook app. The Sunrise app itself was discontinued. The interface was great and just what I needed. But with the Sunrise’s void, it left me searching for the “perfect” calendar app for me. And while iCal has a nice interface, I wasn’t satisfied with it. After trying many different apps (including Outlook), I finally settled on Fantastical 2 and I love it.

The feature that is most important to me when it comes to a calendar app is being able to have a monthly view and agenda view at the same time.

Adding an event is extremely easy. All I have to do is type in 8-8:30 Lunch with Melissa at Jefferson Station, and Fantastical automatically recognizes the time, event, and the location based on the keywords used.

I am also able to add as many calendars as I want, which I primarily use from Google.

But if I’m using Google calendars, why not use…Google Calendar (the app, that is)?

I don’t want to go into too much detail about Google Calendar right now since I’d like to save my rant on that app for another post but my main point of contention is that my monthly view isn’t “sticky” so everytime I reopen the app, it defaults to the agenda view.

Monthly/agenda view (need to tap arrow next to month)
Agenda view (default view)

Fantastical 2 costs $4.99 but there are times when you can score it on sale. (Maybe during the holidays?)

I don’t use the reminders feature (we’ll get to Gmail Inbox one day) but I’m sure once Inbox is no longer supported, Fantastical 2 will have another use for me.

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