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

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.1
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Fantastical 2 for iPad helps you create events or reminders with just a few words, instead of countless taps. It combines your iOS Calendar and Reminders into one app.

The Bad Compared to many calendar apps, Fantastical 2 is pretty expensive. The amount of information displayed can be overwhelming.

The Bottom Line With the ability to use natural language to make appointments and reminders, and a (mostly) intuitive interface, Fantastical 2 for iPad is the best way to manage your schedule.

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Editors' note: This review has been updated with new details from the latest version.

When I tried Fantastical 2 for iPhone, it was so easy to use that I immediately wanted it for my iPad. But now that I've used Fantastical 2 for iPad, I think it's just as good as its smaller sibling, and better in many ways because of all the extra screen real estate.

For those who haven't tried it, Fantastical is a full Calendar and Reminders replacement for iOS devices. Instead of having to manage your schedule and tasks in two different apps -- as Apple expects you to do -- you can manage and view everything in one, consolidated app. The approach may sound novel, but it's far from it. And with the iPad version, the all-in-one mentality is possible across all of your iOS devices.

Import your data

As noted in my review of Fantastical 2 for iPhone, the import process for setting up accounts within the app is super-easy. Instead of requiring you to log in to one of your accounts (Google or iCloud), Fantastical 2 simply asks for permission to access your iOS device's current Calendar and Reminders data.

The benefit here is twofold: first, you don't have to worry about Fantastical 2 suffering a security breach and leaking your credentials. Secondly, you're able to import your existing information with just two taps.

Layout

I was curious as to how the Flexibits team would decide to lay out the user interface of Fantastical on the iPad. The bigger screen affords more information to be put on display, but at the risk of potentially overwhelming users. While I think the initial layout of Fantastical 2 for iPad is a smart use of space, I can't help but long for the option to customize it.

The default view includes a weekly calendar section along the top half (give or take a few pixels, depending on device orientation) of your screen, with an agenda list and a monthly calendar section sharing the bottom of the screen equally.

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

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