Developer: 150UP
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Presumably aiming to be the first and last calendar that anyone opts to use, The First Calendar is a convenient solution for those trying to arrange their lives more effectively. It lacks the visual panache that some organizational apps provide, but it’s got it where it counts.

The app opens up to a portrait-based layout of the week ahead. On the left-hand side is the current day with any events already lined up and the right-hand side is devoted to the rest of the week. A tap on the date switches to that date, while a double-tap at the top takes one straight back to the current day. It’s simple but practical. The lack of a landscape mode is a bit of a shame though, especially when dealing with multiple appointments.

Adding an event is a matter of hitting the plus sign then choosing the type of occasion. It’s possible to arrange calls, emails, or physical events through the app. In each case, the app adjusts for that occasion’s needs. For instance, set up a call and when the alert goes off, one can dive straight into calling that person, with similar things unfolding when receiving a reminder to send an email. Events lead to location details, as expected.

firstcal2firstcal4In each case, it’s possible to add notes as well as color-code each type of event, although unfortunately there are no tagging facilities here. The First Calendar is pretty effective otherwise, though.

It’s the relatively little things like being able to get map directions easily, or precompose a message ready to send at a specific time, that ensures that The First Calendar sticks out a bit more than most. Crucially though, The First Calendar is simply a very useful and focused tool; one that’s made all the more impressive by the fact that it’s free and uncluttered by adverts.

For those looking for a simple solution to most calendar-based occurrences, The First Calendar easily has it covered.

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