I love the Android Operating System. I like many of the features of the OS and many of the applications. Android is a solid alternative to Apple’s iPhone. What I never liked however, was the Calendar App.
Coming from the Palm OS on a Treo 755p and using Datebook 6 I found the stock Android calendar to be seriously lacking. I tried some of the replacements at the time. IRT Calendar and Calendar Pad among others. But, compared to something like Datebook 6 or even the stock calendar on Palm OS, these Android calendars are jokes.
Best Android Calendar Application
Eventually I found the Jorte calendar App. Jorte is not just a Calendar, it is actually a Personal Organizer. Using Jorte gives the impression that it is a full fledged scheduling application. It does not feel that there is any basic functionality missing, as is the case with other Calendar Apps I’ve tried.
Jorte’s layout is what you would expect in a calendar app. The month view shows you a typical grid with the titles of events shown in each day’s box. You can swipe right or left to go to the previous or next month. Clicking on the Month or Year in the display gives you options to change them.
Jorte allows you add tasks and memos to your calendar. The tasks can have due dates and alarms and can be shown on the calendar. Like most Android calendar Apps your event entries can be synchronized with Google’s online calendar. Your tasks can be synchronized as well.
Like the calendars on the Palm OS it also has several views, nine to be exact. There are:
Monthly with tasks
Monthly with tasks (important tasks on top)
Monthly with important tasks
Weekly grid with tasks
Weekly grid without tasks
Two week grid
Jorte also has extensive settings that allow you to alter almost every aspect of the application to your liking. If you don’t like to tinker with software, then just leave the defaults they work as expected.
Jorte’s interface is intuitive. In any view, clicking on a date allows you to enter a new event, or view the details of and edit an existing event. The pop-ups clearly lead you through available options in a logical way. It is also relatively easy to move an event to another date, change event durations, and set up repeating events (more on repeats later.) Another useful feature is the ability to copy an event to another date.
Jorte has lots of options for the way it behaves as well as the way it looks. There are several different themes and choices for colors when you add events. The aforementioned color is for the entire day not for a particular event’s entry text. I’m hoping a future update brings the ability to change an event’s text color as well.
Like all other Android Calendar Apps Jorte writes to the standard Android calendar database. The Android’s calendar engine has limited repeat options. Most notably there is no way to set up an event that repeats every two weeks, like setting up your paydays for instance. Jorte is limited to the standard Android repeat options. To add non-standard repeating events, like every two weeks, I also use the Pure Calendar Widget. See this article for more details on using the Pure Calendar Widget to set up flexible repeating events.
In addition to all these great features Jorte also has options for fonts, themes, and the ability to search for entries. You can export and import tasks, events, and memos. Jorte also provides a Widget with options for displaying calendar entries and tasks. And, best of all Jorte is absolutely free!
Many thanks to the Jorte Developers for creating such a solid application for the Android user community. If you need a solid, highly capable Calendar application be sure to download Jorte from the Market.
Let me know what you think. Do you have a better Calendar application that you use? Leave a comment below.