Google Calendar for Android review: The features you want, with an eye-catching design

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Google Calendar is now available on iOS, has a beautiful new design and helps you create new events with ease.

The Bad You can't see your scheduled events in the Month view.

The Bottom Line With an intuitive interface, reliable tools and artistic touches, Google Calendar is easily one of the best apps in its category.

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9.0 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 9.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 9.0

Editors' note, March 13, 2015: This review was updated to include the new iOS version and the Android app's new features and design.

The official Google Calendar app is better than ever and now available for both Android and iOS. Thanks to a recent facelift, Google Calendar not only keeps your schedule organized and easily accessible, but it also brings a bit of whimsy and fun to one of the most utilitarian apps out there.

All the features you'd expect are there, including access to multiple calendars, meeting invites and customizable notifications. And now, with smarter features that create events from your email automatically and suggest appointments for you, Google Calendar is smarter, faster and overall one of the best choices in the app store. Even better, you can use the app with an iCloud, Yahoo or Microsoft Exchange account, too.

Bright, tidy design

Calendar has been revamped with the new Material Design theme that Google introduced with Android Lollipop. The app now has a cleaner design, with fewer distractions and colorful graphics that add a lot of personality to an otherwise dull app. It looks quite different from the utilitarian design of Google Calendar on the desktop, but I personally prefer the more fanciful design.

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In both the Android and iOS apps, you can see different views of your calendar. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Despite design differences from Calendar on the Web and in the app, navigating your calendar feels very familiar. The app offers similar viewing options, including Day, 3 Day, Week and Schedule, which shows your agenda as a list. All of those views are that are all accessible via the drop-down picker on the top left of the screen, though the iOS app only has the Schedule, Day and 3 Day options.

The earlier cramped Month view, which didn't show enough detail to be useful, is gone, replaced with the colorful Schedule view. You can still see a snapshot of a full month, by taping the month label at the top of the screen, but you won't see any events in that view.

Like before, the Day and Week views are both broken down by hour, giving you a lot more room to see the details of your schedule. You can also use the pinch gesture to zoom in and out, in case you need to see more details all on a single screen.

Right on schedule

Creating new events via the app is easy, thanks to Assists, an intelligent autocomplete tool that helps you create new events quicker by offering suggestions as you type. Even after just a few letters, the app will suggest the most relevant appointments. This is a great feature for creating events that occur over and over, like a haircut or doctor's appointment, because the app remembers the phrases you use.

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