Version Reviewed: 1.5
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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For those with busy lives, UpTo is a pretty neat idea. The app keeps track of upcoming events, whether they be on Facebook, as part of an iOS calendar, or a regular holiday for many others around the world.
It's the syncing with the iOS calendar that truly makes UpTo stand out, which means integration with everything from Google Calendar to Outlook. Connect UpTo with Facebook and it's the kind of app that makes it easy to see at a glance just when the busy days are.
The app consolidates everything with a calendar view using color coding to demonstrate how busy the week and coming months will be. White means nothing is booked that day while green, yellow, amber and red shows how increasingly busy a day is. At a glance, users can see what's going on with a simple tap also unveiling further details. These details provide the time, people involved and location of the event, all in an easy to browse format. A custom groups feature ensures it's possible to divide things up accordingly so your work commitments don't get in the way of seeing what's going on with the family. It's also possible to liaise with friends using the app and use UpTo as a form of social networking tool to organize what's going on. It's a nice touch for an already quite useful app.
For further functionality, UpTo comes with its own choice of event themes. At a touch of the screen, users can add relevant information such as the NFL schedule, video games release chart or holidays for their respective country or religion. It's heavily geared towards the US market but non-US residents will still benefit from some handy additions here.
Throughout all this, UpTo is quite simple to use although it does suffer from some instability problems, especially where Facebook connectivity is concerned. These moments aside and UpTo will prove useful to those with busy lives to manage. It's all the better given its free price tag.