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Pro Clean interface with beautiful background images
The app displays agenda as a combination of events and to-do list items and uses different background images for each calendar day based on chosen themes.
Pro Integrates with Any.do for task management
Cal integrates with Any.do to-do list app for task management.
Pro Nicely designed actionable notifications before, during and after meetings
A feature called HeadsUp will show pop-up notifications on phone's homescreen specifically designed for meetings. The content of the pop-up will change based on whether it's before, during or after a meeting.
Before a meeting it will show shortcuts for getting a taxi or a car, seeing attendees, getting directions and notifying other attendees if the user is late via e-mail or Skype. During a meeting it will give shortcuts for setting the phone on vibrate, taking photos, video or audio-recording, adding tasks that will be synced with Any.do or e-mailing a summary. After the meeting it offers sharing task list and scheduling a follow-up.
Pro Integrates with Waze, Uber and Google Maps for navigation
Cal uses Google Maps to show event location, Waze for real-time traffic information and Uber for hailing a car to the event.
Pro Predictive text
While adding an event the app will offer suggestions, help invite other people, pick a location, allow making a note and set it as a recurring event if needed.
Pro Can import Facebook birthdays with one tap
As long as Facebook is already set up on the device, Cal integrates with it with a single click to show all birthdays.
Pro Clean widget with event creation
Cal has a good-looking resizable widget that has a shortcut for event creation.
Pro Voice entry support
Cal allows adding events simply by speaking.
Con Forces creating an Any.do account
An Any.do account as well as the app has to be used to create tasks, that then will show in the calendar, but cannot be created from the calendar. This can be not only inconvenient but also quite slow.
Con Cal may give your personal and non-personal information to thrid parties
In the privacy-policy of any.do the following is stated:
"Use of Non-Personal Information. We may collect Non-Personal Information in order to provide and operate the Service, including for statistical and research purposes; to enable us to further develop, customize and improve the Service based on users’ common preferences and uses; to create and provide our business partners and affiliates with aggregated statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred Non-Personal Information. We may also disclose Non-Personal Information (with or without compensation) to third parties, including advertisers and partners. We are not aware of the identity of the user from which the Non-Personal Information was collected."
Con Shallow Any.do integration
Any.do tasks can't be managed from within the app, it requires the user to switch applications.
Con No natural language input support
Cal does not support natural language input, though it may get added in the future.
Con Can be sluggish and buggy
Cal has issues with freezing, sluggishness and other buggy behaviors.
Con Lacks weather information
There is no way to add a weather calendar to the normal calendar view, meaning no weather integration.