iPad Google Calendar Sync Underdog: CalenGoo.
When I wrote my SaiSuke VS Calendar App review I choose those two because they are what I was familiar with. Half the fun of having this site is the great suggestions I get from readers, and test out new Apps, which I can then share back with my readers, and so on and so on.
Suggested to me by more than one person was CalenGoo ($6.99 on iTunes). One of the downfalls that I noted for both SaiSuke and the built-in Calendar App was the inability to import tasks. Not a huge deal, but something I’d really rather have, which CalenGoo does.
Now, I’m not going to go through a feature-by-feature what this App has. I’m just going to go over it briefly and explain why it might be perfect for you.
This App works great, but it doesn’t have the smooth graphics that you might be used to with others. It’s barebones on the design side, and I’ll think you’ll see why shortly. The developer has put way more time into the features and customization and really didn’t worry with how it looks. However, I wouldn’t call it ugly, it still has a clean interface.
First lets talk about viewing and editing your calendar. Here is a screen shot of your four basic views, Day (which is more like ‘detailed week’ in my opinion), Week, Month and Agenda.
While the views are all pretty standard, quick adding of events is slightly different. In month view, if you want to add something, you’ll have to double-tap on the date, which will bring up ‘day’ view, and automatically start a new event edit window. In Week view, the day you tap highlights and you can add to that date by tapping the +. In agenda view you’ll need to scroll so the date you want to add to is at the top of the screen, then click the add +. Of course, at any point you could just click on the Add Event + and select whatever date or date range you want anyways. So it’s not a big deal. I only wish I could select (highlight) the date in month view, as every other App I’ve tried allows.
For the most part I like that this App makes you double-tap on any event to get the details. It can be bothersome when you’re just trying to surf around your schedule and you keep bringing up the details windows for events. The scrolling month view is brilliant and makes seeing events weeks away a breeze. This is one of the reasons I searched for a non-Default Calendar App to begin with.
The other was Tasks and CalenGoo finally brings that to me. I know there are other ‘Tasks’ Apps, or even apps that let you use many, many of the Google services at once. I simply wanted my Tasks and Calendar together. It’s just a simple list, but I rely on it, and can edit, erase, add and complete tasks remotely now. Horray.
One last thing, and this is something I’ll have to show you, instead of go into wordy detail about. The customization settings on CalenGoo are RIDONKULOUS. As in, there are a billion. The developer takes everybody’s opinion about how this App should work very seriously and adds features based on user suggestions. There are literally pages and pages of custom options. Lucky for us users that like it as-is, it works great, if you want to be able to really feel In Charge of how your App Runs, check out these screenshots:
Yowsers, right? That’s just awesome. People who use CalenGoo love it, including myself. While I am still most comfortable editing my events in SaiSuke, I use CalenGoo as a quick reference all of the time. As a ultility app it shines, and shouldn’t be overlooked.