Team Organic Tries: Tiny Calendar (iOS)
If you’re anything like me you’ll have a list of notes and reminders saved in your phone, or if you’re old school Post-it Notes stuck all over your PC monitor. Tiny Calendar aims to change that. In a busy modern life there are an infinite amount of solutions to help you be more organised, so how is Tiny Calendar different?
Produced by Appxy this app was recommended to me by the singer in my band. For awhile now we’ve been struggling to keep up to speed with gig dates, locations and details. Our Whatsapp group is a mix of general chatter as well as gig planning so details easily get lost. A calendar was needed that we can all access.
There are plenty of examples of quite intuitive calendar apps out there for Android devices but most lack in quality or value for money when it comes to iOS. Tiny Calendar aims to be the best on both platforms.
For reference, I installed the free iOS version of Tiny Calendar, which this review is based on. I later installed the free Android version for comparison.
Upon opening the app for the first time, you’re presented with a slide screen introducing you to some of the features and functions available on Tiny Calendar, such as synchronising with Google Calendar and between platforms like your laptop, phone and tablet.
On the iOS version I was asked what type of calendar I would like to synchronise, in this case I selected the Google option and logged in using my Gmail details. There was also the option to add my iOS calendar. With the Android version, I noticed it assumed I wanted to link up to the calendar of the Gmail account set up with the phone and automatically pulled the data through. How rude. Though I must add, you are able to add other accounts and calendars in the settings on both the iOS and the Android version.
Once logged in and once I had accepted the access requests Tiny Calendar requires, which are no more than you’d expect from a calendar, I was in!
Upon entering the calendar, you’re presented with a monthly view, which is easily changeable to daily, weekly or agenda by accessing the buttons at the bottom of the screen. Interestingly this screen differs on the Android version to the iOS version, feeling smoother and a lot more intuitive on the latter.
If the four buttons at the bottom don’t give you the view you’re looking for then the tidy ‘up’ arrow menu to the bottom left provides four more options of week agenda, mini month, year and 4 days (a custom option that can be adjusted in the settings), and even a settings page to sort out which views appear as at the bottom of your app. This is a very simple and smart function which makes customising this app very easy.
When you compare this to the Android version where the seven available calendar views (oddly enough a yearly calendar doesn’t appear to be an option on Android) have been lumped together in one menu, accessible by tapping the date in the top left corner. It’s still functional but not as customisable as the iOS version, which is an unusual thing to say when comparing these two rival platforms.
As well as customising buttons and calendar views, you can also add new calendars or create a calendar name not attached to any email account. You can also add a colour code and name such as appointments, so when adding events to your overall calendar all is shown in an orderly and colour coded fashion. I found the setup of new calendars very easy and with clear guidance I was up and running in no time.
Overall I found the app extremely easy to use and exactly what I was looking for. When looking into other user reviews a big gripe was the search function only being available in the agenda view. Though I can see why this might be frustrating I don’t feel it’s a showstopper. The ability to customise and organise a number of calendars in one place is invaluable and in this case smooth and intuitive. Other than that, some users have had issues with synchronising calendars; I personally haven’t come across this yet though I’ve only had light use of this function.
What was surprising is how the functionality appears to have been stripped down for the Android version. In my experience, this has always been the other way round when comparing apps across both iOS and Android, usually due to Apple’s strict functionality and data access rules. This is a welcome change for an Apple advocate like myself.
Both versions of the apps I downloaded were free. There is a paid version (£6.99 at time of writing) for iOS which as far as I can tell only removes the adverts which I didn’t find a hindrance during use.
Have you used Tiny Calendar or any alternatives? What are your thoughts?
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