Best calendar apps for 2015.

Last updated: 1 January 2015

The best calender apps

As Christmas fast approaches, you can guarantee that no one will forget the big day. You can hardly avoid it – the build-up goes on for weeks.

But what about remembering who to send a card to or buy a present for?

Would you like to be able to make a note of who gives you what so that you can thank them in the New Year? Maybe it’s not even a Christmas issue – perhaps you’d like reminding of birthdays and anniversaries, meetings or events?

Whatever you need help with, many people find that the built-in calendar on their phones doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

So, if you’re someone who needs a PA in your pocket, here are three of the best calendar apps for your smartphone or tablet.

  • Fantastical 2 App icon.

    Fantastical 2 iPhone (£3.99)

    One of the best things about this calendar app is the user experience. Put simply, it’s really well planned and designed. For instance, it has a separate place to manage any reminders, which can be an issue with many calendar apps. After all, there’s nothing more confusing than several items overlaying each other.

    You’ll also get a bunch of other features with Fantastical 2, such as a snooze option on all alerts, the ability to quickly call or message meeting invitees, plus full integration with Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. This means that you’ll get reminders for a friend’s birthday and you can instantly send your birthday wishes via social media.

    It’s a smooth, fast app that supports iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange. As an all-round calendar app, it’s probably the best around, though it’s not free.

  • Sunrise App icon.

    Sunrise - iPhone, Android (free)

    Events, birthdays, concerts, even Google Maps directions. This calendar app does it all. It’s the design and the little touches that make Sunrise what it is: the weather indicators, icons and graphics are really neat. Sunrise is also integrated with Facebook. And it’s free.

    It’s not all great news though. The calendar only has a three-day view and a monthly view, so you can’t customise it a great deal. However, if you’re prepared to put up with that, it’s worth noting that there are supposedly lots of fab new features in the pipeline.

  • Tempo Smart Calendar App Icon.

    Tempo Smart Calendar iPhone (free)

    If your schedule is packed with meetings, conference calls and company functions, this is the app for you. As well as the usual calendar and reminder options, the app lets you dial conference call numbers, get directions and generally stay one step ahead.

    You can also access PowerPoint documents and emails and attachments. It’s integrated with LinkedIn and CrunchBase too, so you can find out professional details about a person or company.

Want to see more 2015 calendar apps available on Android? Head over to our 3Likes store. If you have any other apps that you'd recommend, tweet @ThreeUK with your suggestions.

And for a bit of fun, why not try our CalendarMe app, and show someone how much you love them by giving them the gift of your face.