Spoiler alert! Why would you need another calendar app that’s almost identical to Apple’s iPad Calendar? If you don’t use your calendar much, you don’t. But if you really need to organize your calendar, Week Calendar HD actually extends Calendar’s features and may replace the Apple app altogether.
Which may be why Apple mysteriously pulled it from the App Store just before this review.
I’m still waiting for a full-featured iPad calendar app similar to iCal, complete with notes and to do list integration. I’m beginning to suspect Apple designed iOS so that apps can’t communicate that many different data threads.
Week Calendar HD may seem like a clone of iCal, so much of a clone that you may wonder why you would spend good money for an app that doesn’t differ much from iCal at all. There is no good answer to this. If you’re cheap and tight-fisted like my family, you wouldn’t.
Sadly, it turns out that before I could post this review, Week Calendar HD disappeared from the app store. So even if you wanted to spend the money, you couldn’t. Check UtiliTap’s web site for more details. One theory? It was enough of an improvement that Apple intends to co-opt the app for iOS 5.
Why am I posting this review? So that you can email Apple or call your local Apple Store and tell them you want this app back.
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I was raised Baptist Preacher’s Kid (BPK), but I should admit that Baptist preacher’s families break down across a money divide. Preachers with large congregations with enough charisma to be confident the congregation will back them against power plays by the deacons, tend to accept a prosperity doctrine. They can afford nice things because God wants them to have them. We’ll call them BPKp (for prosperous).
My family didn’t fall on that side of the divide. My father and grandfather were already tightfisted for Jesus and believed a dollar spent was a dollar sinned. We’ll call them BPKc (for cheap).
My grandfather bought ice milk because it was just as good as ice cream and cheaper. My dad thought one slice of meat was all you should add to any sandwich. By one slice, I mean those paper thin deli slices that were so thin you could see through them to the other side if you held them to the light.
White bread was better than whole wheat because it was cheaper and it was better to add an extra slice of wholesome non-nutritive white bread than another slice of meat. My father had a heart attack when my mother discovered individually wrapped (at extra cost) cheese slices. No cheese was better than the bricks of American cheese that turned hard and yellow at the edge, except maybe for Velveeta.
We bought the knock-offs of store brand soda because it was so much cheaper than the store brand, and if it still had fizz God had blessed us. And my father was damned if he would pay twenty dollars for a pair of dress shoes when he could get three pairs for six dollars at Pay-Less, even if they were made of cardboard and fell apart in a month.
So by BPKc logic, no one in his right mind would buy Week Calendar HD when they already had Calendar. But by BPKc logic, no one in his right mind would buy an iPad when they can get a legal pad, a six-pack of BIC pens and a used TI calculator on eBay.
Think of Calendar as a basic Honda Civic DX and Week Calendar HD as a Honda Civic LX. You can’t tell the difference until you drive it. At first glance Week Calendar HD looks just like Calendar except for the skin color. And, honestly, most of the difference is in the details.
One key detail: A full-year calendar view which is totally missing in Calendar. One click on any date allows you to see your appointments on any month and day. Calendar offers instead a list view, which WC has conveniently combined with the daily calendar view so that you can check your days appointments as well as those upcoming in the week.
Week Calendar displays a full year calendar, something missing completely for the Apple iPad version.
It’s much easier to subscribe to external calendars in Week Calendar HD, especially localized holiday and birthday calendars. Best of all, once you link with Mobile Me, your subscriptions transfer to Calendar as well. This is one of the real attractions to me, because I can never remember when holidays are scheduled (except Christmas).
Week Calendar HD provides a few higher end features. The customizable search engine allows you to narrow your search to a specific date range. When you touch events, you can see complete details rather than general information. Week Calendar HD also includes a map feature allowing you to track your appointment’s location without leaving your calendar.
You can also link your appointment to a map so you can find your way there. The app won’t help you get there on time, but at least you won’t get lost.
You can customize the overall look of the calendar with additional skins, and developer UtiliTap seems to add new ones with each new release. It’s also easier to move and duplicate events with simple drag and drop.
In the end, Week Calendar HD really only makes sense if your calendar is an essential tool of your business or social scheduling. It’s relatively cheap and a lot more flexible than Apple’s Calendar. But if you’re fine with what you’re using now, I’d stick with it.
Jenny Manytoes rates Week Calendar HD
Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Week Calendar HD. I’d call it a toss up. Carol lives by her calendar so I would recommend it for her. I look at my calendar only when family calls to pin me down on a visit I keep forgetting to plan.
But Carol drives the new Civic with the sun roof and auto-locks. I still drive the hatchback with no options I bought a dozen years ago. So maybe those BPKc cheap genes aren’t as dormant as I might hope.