Fantastical 2 for iPad review: Like Reminders, Calendar, and Siri combined

When trying to browse through my calendar and find specific events, I often felt lost. It wasn't clear to me as to where I should be looking for the information I wanted. I think this is partly a problem with the list view.

Currently, an option to display only the events for the selected day improve the experience by taking away unnecessary information, but I wouldn't mind seeing that idea go one step further. What I would like to see is the option to turn off the agenda list altogether. This would make getting information at a glance much more convenient, and you could always turn it back on if you prefer the list view.

Speaking my language

Indeed, my favorite aspect of the Fantastical lineup is its ability to parse your input as if you were speaking to a person -- a feature that works if you start with Siri, but something you can't do within Apple's own Calendar and Reminders apps. Instead of having to go through and fill out a form -- tap here, type here, pick date here, and so on -- Fantastical has one field as a main entry point for all types of events. As an example, you can type "remind me to put out the trash every Thursday at 6am," and Fantastical will create a recurring reminder for you to put out the trash at the requested time. You don't need to hunt-and-peck your way through a picker in order to enter the event like you do with the Reminders and Calendar apps in iOS.

The same can be said about calendar appointments. Entering "lunch with Jane on Tuesday" will set an appointment for noon on Tuesday. Going even further, you can include the location of the appointment or reminder, and Fantastical will enter it on your behalf. In my opinion, second to combining Reminders and the Calendar into one app, this natural language implementation is the biggest selling point for the app.

Of course, if you prefer the more traditional input method, Fantastical has no problem with that either.

In all fairness, if you start with Siri and speak these same requests, appointments and meetings will be added to your calendar and reminders, but I really like that I can do it all just within Fantastical.

Conclusion

Fantastical 2 for the iPad is hands-down a better approach to the calendar than Apple's, and that translates into a better overall experience for appointments, reminders, and managing your time. There's some work to be done on the amount of information displayed (particularly with the agenda list), but it seems like an easy fix.

With that said, I feel there's currently no better way to organize your schedule on the iPad than with Fantastical 2. While Apple gives you the tools for the same functions using Siri, Reminders, and Calendar, it's just easier doing it all in one app.

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