I’m probably going to get a lot of angry/passionate comments about this article but it’s how I truly feel: Moleskine’s Timepage is currently the best iPhone Calendar app there is.
By best I mean most usable — for me. Now don’t get me wrong; other calendar apps have a lot to offer and I’ve used many of them at different times. In particular, Sunrise is a sparkling example of a powerful calendar with lots of unique and useful features. But, as it turns out, it’s just not for me.
Sunrise has an incredible scheduling keyboard feature. That’s awesome. It allows you to easily subscribe to a variety of really interesting calendars (TV networks like ABC, CBS, FOX and more, sports schedules, etc.) which makes for a great way to stay up-to-date with things you might care about. It’s also got a pretty nice interface. In fact, it’s Sunrise is so good that Microsoft bought it and legions of fans swear it’s the best calendar app for iOS. But it’s not — not for me.
With all the talking up I just did for Sunrise I’m sure there are people reading this who are looking to download it right now! But personally, I really prefer the look and experience Timepage offers me.
Timepage is different than every other calendar app you’ve ever seen. Really different. It’s like the team got together and instead of just saying, “Hey, let’s think outside the box and create an awesome new calendar app,” they actually DID think outside the box. In fact, it’s so different that while I was at the dentist today — in the dentist chair, nonetheless — I got asked what calendar I was using as I was typing in my next appointment. It literally caught the eye of the dental hygienist — that’s how different Timepage is.
Timepage basically presents your calendar as a timeline. It’s simple: you scroll through it (up and down) to see your schedule. It’s super, super basic which is exactly what I love about it. The simplicity is it’s killer feature. Well that and the insanely great design aesthetic, but I’ll get to that momentarily.
With Timepage, there’s no monthly view with a bunch of little numbers signifying days all crammed together onto your phone’s tiny display (or relatively tiny display for all of us phablet users). There aren’t any confusing boxes or highlighted lines streaking through multiple days like a child got ahold of some crayons and went to town. There’s just a thoughtfully subdued look at what’s coming up in the next few days.
But seeing further ahead or farther back isn’t hard at all. Timepage senses when you want to scroll way ahead or way back and adjusts accordingly. Easy. Awesome.
Timepage also makes it easy and almost fun to add appointments. Unfortunately (at least to my knowledge) there isn’t any natural language input option which is severely sucky. It would be nice to be able to type, “Meeting with Tim on Friday at 4pm,” and have it magically appear in the right place. That’s my biggest complaint against Timepage.
But there are some cool features lurking beneath the surface. You can see weather and a map in context with each event. You can easily send calendar invites. You’ll get an estimated travel time from meeting to meeting and you can customize the theme/design of your calendar. There are also come additional settings which can be fine tuned which I won’t go into here, but the customizability is really nice.
Oh, and I should mention the Apple Watch compatibility. I like that too.
This is easily one of the most beautiful iPhone apps to-date and certainly the most original take on the idea of a calendar app I’ve seen.
Timepage is highly, highly recommended.