Total Score: 28
Parker Planner offers you the look and functionality of a traditional planner with the ease available using an app. This app has a nice clean UI and organizes data well – what more could you ask for?
Price Rating = 5 $1.99. The price is reasonable. Sure, free is always desirable, but you get this for less than the cost of a printed calendar and way less than a printed organizer.
Ease of Use Rating = 4 Most of the functionality is easy to understand, but I had trouble with a few things. Watching their video straightened it all up quickly.
Readability Rating = 5 The text is small, but readable.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 Having appointments, tasks and notes in one app makes it valuable real estate on your phone.
Downsides Rating =0 I did not find any downsides during testing. Everything seemed to work as expected.
Consumer Review Rating = 4 The reviews are mixed, with two-thirds of them either four or five stars.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 Keeping organized helps reduce the stress of trying to remember appointments and tasks.
How does it work?
- The first time you open the app you will need to give an email address and a name.
- One you sign in, it automatically adds all of your calendar items. Editing your calendar items is as simple as tapping the event.
- There is an icon bar at the bottom that has Today, Week, Month, Todos and Notes. The first three icons are just different ways to display your events.
- The Todos icon allows you to tap and add items. There are lines to the right of each event that allow you to prioritize/reorder the tasks. To complete a task you just tap in the block next to the item.
- The Note section is slightly counter intuitive – at least to me. I would have expected to be able to add notes on the Note icon, but you can only add them in on the Day icon. That is what I needed to watch the video to understand. You can view all your notes by tapping the notes tab. In the Notes view you can tap and edit the notes.
- At the top (in the middle) of the screen there is a List icon. That switches from the calendar view to the list view on any screen.
- There is Settings icon at the top right of the screen. When you tap it you can change the color of your calendar, add sound effects, show an icon badge and select which calendars to show. You can also Share the App from the settings icon, as well as get help.
That’s pretty much it. I think this app offers the functionality of several Apple standard apps together. This will be my go-to calendar app. Try it out and let me know what you think.
FYI: There is not a specific app for the iPad. You get the same look as the iPhone, just magnified.
Devices: This app can be used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It requires iOS 7.0 or later. The app is being sold by Ethan Parker. Check out their website for information about this app.