Simpliday is a free iPhone app that aims at being an “all-in-one” calendar, combing the standard calendar app with reminders, all while making the whole thing look fabulous.
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Simpliday does look amazing, and not just the aesthetics. The layout out a calendar and reminders stacked side-by-side is a breath of fresh air. To me, a calendar and a to-do list are the same thing. Why should they be separated? Furthermore, the app’s hybrid week/month/day view is also incredibly cool.
The “all-in-one”-ness of the app also relates to its ability to connect an email account, enabling you to turn emails into reminders. Of course, Simpliday can also be enhanced with a few in-app purchases/subscriptions. These allow you to attach files to reminders and meetings, connect additional email accounts, categorize reminders, and/or create beautiful invitations, making it even easier to share life with other. The pricing model for this isn’t too bad either: $0.99/month for individual features, $2.99/month for all features (Premium), or $29.99/year for all features (Premium).
I really only had two issues with Simpliday, and they are more about me/my phone than me. (My phone is a moribund iPhone 5, so the struggle is definitely real.) Firstly, I’m subscribed to my church calendar, my school calendar, my wife’s calendar etc. For a while, I was getting notifications for every single event, whether it was an event I actually cared about or not. The issue was most likely with my iCloud/Calendar configuration. I dug around a bit, found a setting that allowed me to remove all event alerts, and that seemed to fix the problem. Secondly, as I said, Simpliday is beautiful, with full color photo backgrounds and such. However, as I’ve shared on the ChurchMag Podcast, I’ve got some vision problems, including color blindness. This means that, at first, the background image made it hard to read my calendar. Of course, I smacked myself on the forehead, remembering that I can change the image, and them made the change, and realized that all was well.
Dismayed at the loss of Sunrise? Tired of settling for Apple’s meager offerings? Then, I think you’ll find Simpliday a welcome addition to your iPhone. It combines both calendar and to-do list without sacrificing the other’s utility, while maintaining a beautiful, simple UI. The best part, perhaps, is that you can make use of Simpliday as it is, free, or enhanced it to your own tastes. Choice might just be one of the most beautiful things in the world, and so it only makes sense that such a beautiful app would provide it.
- Design (5.0)
- Features (5.0)
- Performance (5.0)
- Value for Money (5.0)
Simpliday supports iOS only. (Sorry, Android-ers.)
You can find more information on their website.
A Premium subscription was provided to me by the app publishers in exchange for an honest review.