For most people the paper calendar is a thing of the past. Smartphone users use their iPhone to plan, structure their lives and not forget important moments. The latest iPhone software offers you the choice between two variants that seem to compete with each other: Google Calendar or the regular built-in Apple Calendar. Opinions differ about which app is more convenient to use.
The most important differences
Apple Calendar backs up right into your iCloud, giving you a sense of security. It also makes it easy to use as many services as possible from a single provider. On the other hand, Google Calendar can be opened on any device, which is a plus when you want to open or edit your calendar on another devices. In addition, it is clear there a major distinction between types of appointments, reminders and to-dos.
Google Calendar wins for business use
When you use your iPhone calendar for business appointments as well as social appointments, Google Calendar offers more options. This app provides a clear weekly overview where you can see at a glance whether an appointment is private, work and/or social related. In addition, you can easily share appointments with colleagues via Whatsapp, who in turn can add them directly into their own calendar. Shared calendars within teams also get a clear overview thanks to different colours.
Do you use Apple Calendar, but are you curious if you like the Google Calendar? Easily create an ICS file from your Mac or iOS device and import it into Google Calendar. The same applies for the other way around. To get your Google Calendar to Apple Calendar, simply create an export to ICS and import it into iCloud.
Apps, apps and more apps
To make things even more difficult, there are other agenda options on the market besides the two discussed apps, that might also be worth a try. There are also agenda apps that are especially useful when you like to work from a to-do list as you might do in the office. Fantastical 2 is a very good alternative for task lists! And there are apps that fit in well when you’re studying alongside your work, such as Week Calendar or Easy Calendar.