AroundCal: iPhone Written App Review
If you’re ready to organize your life on another level, then the new AroundCal iPhone app from Diethard Seiferth might just be the app you’ve been waiting for. This app lets you create tasks, events, alarms and even organize them into projects that you can share right from the app. Let’s see how AroundCal holds up to a little healthy critique at The iPhone App Review.
When it comes to features, AroundCal is definitely not just another calendar sync app. Oh sure, it will sync all of your existing calendars in several user-friendly formats, but it also lets you do more, like attach voice memos, photos and more. You can also set task priorities, keep tabs on to-dos in editable lists, create actions, organize tasks and actions into projects, defer items to the future, and, if you add some of the app’s extras, create user lists and share actions via email in .csv format.
Yeah, AroundCal gives you that extra set of options you always wished your native calendar rocked, and it does it via seamless integration with your existing calendar, photos, address book and more.
For the price (more about that after the cut) I expected AroundCal to have some awesome features. And while it is feature-heavy, I still found myself wanting more. How about including Facebook or other social network integration? What about a built in web browser experience that lets you tag items to add to tasks and actions? Just a thought on how to get more from an app like this that claims to be all that and a bag of potato chips.
Layout & Design:
For an app that has so very many features, AroundCal is organized clearly around a set of bottom tabs. New users will definitely want to check out the More tab, where you can access the app tutorial.
Again, for the money, I expected a lot here. I found myself wishing for some skins or other colorful features that could help take the app from blah to BAM! But they just weren’t there. Still, the AroundCal iPhone app is perfectly functional and well organized, so it earns a middle of the road score for overall user experience.
Now, about that price. AroundCal costs $9.99. And, to be honest, that’s a bit much for me. Sure, it’s a calendar app that has several practical business applications, but that’s it. I think if you have a specific business need, it might make sense to get the app. Otherwise, there are plenty of calendar apps out there that pack in the extras without costing an arm and a leg. \
AroundCal iPhone app requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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