Version Reviewed: 2.1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Calendar apps for iOS have been around as long as the iPhone itself, given the stock app that many of us grudgingly rely on to organize our lives. Overview Calendar aims to make things look a little different by utilizing a different style to convey all your necessary information. It should suit those with a more visual way of understanding things.
Working in conjunction with Google Calendar, iCloud, Outlook, Facebook Events, and other relevant calendars, Overview Calendar is easy to set up. The trickier part is deciding on what look to go for. There’s a choice of two different colors, which is a bit limiting, but more options come from the variety of timeline styles.
These timeline styles are the core of what makes Overview Calendar different. You can opt to view your events in stacks per day, stacks with start and end times, as a regular schedule, or via a heat map. The heat map is the most interesting, given that it uses colored dots to show just how busy your week and individual days are.
A kind of 3D style opens up to demonstrate all your events and appointments. It’s easily more stylish than most other ways of doing things, although I found the white background a little jarring at times.
Besides the original look, it’s business as usual here. It’s easy enough to add new appointments, along with implementing repeat rules and syncing up with other calendars. There’s a countdown feature too, which is always handy when you’re counting down the days to vacation time. It’s difficult to find something crucial that Overview Calendar lacks when it comes to features.
While color options could be more varied, Overview Calendar is mostly just a solidly interesting new take on a familiar format. Appealing to those who think more visually, it’s sure to pop out more readily than most calendar apps.