THE 5 BEST CALENDAR APPS FOR 2014

Calendar apps aren't just about looking pretty. Here are the five best to keep you on track in the year ahead.

SUNRISE (IOS--FREE)--FOR THE EVERYDAY PROFESSIONAL

This little app was a big star in 2013, and for good reason. While some calendar apps tend to have a heavy look-and-feel, Sunrise goes the opposite direction. Its lightweight design makes it one of the best-looking downloads on this list.

TEMPO (IOS--FREE)--FOR THE PROFESSIONAL NETWORKER

Tempo does a great job to ensure you're as prepared as possible for upcoming meetings. For example, when you add a meeting the app neatly lists the invited contacts. When you click on a person's name, you can easily get additional information about that person (and their company) from social networks such as LinkedIn.

CAL (IOS/ANDROID--FREE)--FOR THE TASK MASTER

This app is one of the newer calendar tools to help you stay on track throughout your day. Like most of the apps on this list, Cal syncs to your existing calendar. It also connects to Any.do, which helps you manage daily tasks, so you can link your events to deliverables.

BUSINESS CALENDAR (ANDROID--$4.99 PRO VERSION)--FOR THE GOOGLE GURU

If you use an Android smartphone, you might want to give this professional calendar app a whirl. The configurable widgets are nice addition to see your overall schedule at a glance. Like Cal, there is also a task organizer.

DONNA (IOS--IOS 7 ONLY--FREE)--FOR THE BUSY ENTREPRENEUR

Move over Siri, Donna is the new personal assistant in your pocket (which syncs with Exchange, Google, iCal, and Yahoo). She notifies you about daily appointments, dials you into conference calls (GoToMeeting, Skype, WebEx), informs you about your city's weather, and gets you accurate meeting directions with traffic info and travel time.

The 5 Best Calendar Apps For 2014

Calendar apps aren't just about looking pretty. Here are the five best to keep you on track in the year ahead.

While we often struggle to find the best email app, in many cases finding the best calendar app has a bigger impact on how we stay productive. From apps that will find documents for your upcoming appointment to apps that will notify attendees how many minutes late you'll be for your meeting, calendar apps are becoming smarter and more functional.

Here are five solid solutions for better calendar management on your smartphone (iOS and Android).

If you have others you love, please let us know in the comments.

Sunrise (iOS--FREE)--For the everyday professional

This little app was a big star in 2013, and for good reason. While some calendar apps tend to have a heavy look-and-feel, Sunrise goes the opposite direction. Its lightweight design makes it one of the best-looking downloads on this list.

However, it's not just about its pretty interface. It is a fast, effective tool for managing schedules. If you're a Google Calendar user, for example, the app syncs between the two services in real-time. If you're on the road a lot, the timezone support is handy automatically adjusts your appointment times to the correct hours. The weather feature, based on your location, is also a helpful addition to plan your busy days. Most importantly, adding and editing events is a cinch.

Tempo (iOS--FREE)--For the professional networker

Tempo does a great job to ensure you're as prepared as possible for upcoming meetings. For example, when you add a meeting the app neatly lists the invited contacts. When you click on a person's name, you can easily get additional information about that person (and their company) from social networks such as LinkedIn.

Tempo also makes it a breeze to find documents associated with your specific event, so you can get up-to-speed on the agenda fast. If you travel for business, your flight and airport information is always accessible.

Cal (iOS/Android--FREE)--For the task master

This app is one of the newer calendar tools to help you stay on track throughout your day. Like most of the apps on this list, Cal syncs to your existing calendar. It also connects to Any.do, which helps you manage daily tasks, so you can link your events to deliverables.

The contacts, maps, and social integration is also world-class, so you have you network and location information at your fingertips. Finally, in some locations, there is the one-click option to call an Uber car.

Business Calendar (Android--$4.99 Pro Version)--For the Google guru

If you use an Android smartphone, you might want to give this professional calendar app a whirl. The configurable widgets are nice addition to see your overall schedule at a glance. Like Cal, there is also a task organizer.

While it might lack the beauty of some of the above apps, it holds its own with smart technology and functionality. The color coding makes it easy to put your overall time in perspective and there is an import/export option that works with iCalendar.

Donna (iOS--iOS 7 only--FREE)--For the busy entrepreneur

Move over Siri, Donna is the new personal assistant in your pocket (which syncs with Exchange, Google, iCal, and Yahoo). She notifies you about daily appointments, dials you into conference calls (GoToMeeting, Skype, WebEx), informs you about your city's weather, and gets you accurate meeting directions with traffic info and travel time.

In the latest update (Donna 2.0), if you're running late for a meeting you can easily share your updated arrival time with all the attendees. Like the Cal app, Donna can also hook you up with an Uber ride in some cities.

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  • farouete

    This is all waaaay too complicated for the average user. People should think ahead. What happens if your calendar file gets corrupted or you must move to another computer? The easiest thing in the world is suddenly a nightmare. For instance: we have Mozilla Thunderbird. Great -- as long as you have no problems. Then you will embark on a new career to accomplish the simplest task.

    We have four different calenders (appointments, special occasions etc in different colors) but one calendar seems corrupted and we want to restore if from a back up. We also have new computer and want to move them all over to the new unit. In two weeks we have over a dozen emails back and forth with Mozilla support and NO ONE can even find the calender files! All instructions given are simply wrong. The calendar files can not be identified and located and so we can not restore them from a back up because we can't find them. Since we can't locate them we obviously can't copy them to another unit.

  • For the independat professional : personal trainers, coaches, manual therapists, psychologists, cosmeticians, and teachers.

    <a href="http://kalycalendar.com/">Kaly Calendar</a> is the prefect solution ! see the whole week list appointment by clients *send text message reminders

  • gauravgupta123

    If you're using Google Calendar as the backend calendar with any of the above apps, I think you should also consider trying out ClipPod. We've been using it to chat and share meeting related files inside our calendar and it's worked out quite well so far.

  • Joyce Smith

    Check out Efficient Calendar (http://www.efficientsoftware.net/calendar/), it is a wonderful tool for pc users with tasks/events/calendar modules, supporting making to do list, prioritizing, tracking and labeling; setting importance of events, labeling. Tasks and events can be managed in groups and categories.

  • syd1962

    I am 52 and have owned a salon for 28 years. I am not a techi person but would love to be a little greener and keep an android appt. book online instead of my dayminder G520 which I have used for 32 years. Please help, Sydney

  • I have Thexyz webmail app installed on my android and ipad which works great to keep one synchronized calendar between my desktop and family of mobile devices.

  • Calengoo for Android and iOS is THE most configurable calender for anyone who is dead serious about "time management". The developer responds quickly, and appears to have added every single option anyone has ever asked for. I laugh when I read the review where someone says "I doesn't do this, it doesnt do that". It does, you just haven't found that option yet. http://android.calengoo.com/ or http://calengoo.dgunia.de/

  • I dig Osito for iOS. Learns your habits, tells you when to leave (factoring in current traffic reports), delivers weather reports for the work week, and pops up a quick swipe to dial into your scheduled calls.

  • You're missing Canary. This app is the only one that has figured out how to integrate a simple scheduling element right into the app. It has become a must-have for me. Sunrise would be my runner-up to Canary.

  • Stephen Gavin

    Do you have a link to canary? Had a heck of a time finding it. If so, shoot me a note steve (dot) gavin@me.com