When comparing Calendars 5 vs Microsoft Outlook, the Slant community recommends Calendars 5 for most people. In the question“What are the best calendar apps for iPhone?” Calendars 5 is ranked 4th while Microsoft Outlook is ranked 11th. The most important reason people chose Calendars 5 is:
Calendars 5 makes it very easy for users to create an event by just typing it in human language. Simply write something like 'Meet Ben tomorrow at 5PM at Starbucks' and Calendars 5 will parse everything, creating an event for tomorrow, inviting Ben from the address book and picking the Starbucks on the map.
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Pro Natural Language Input
Calendars 5 makes it very easy for users to create an event by just typing it in human language.
Simply write something like 'Meet Ben tomorrow at 5PM at Starbucks' and Calendars 5 will parse everything, creating an event for tomorrow, inviting Ben from the address book and picking the Starbucks on the map.
Pro Pleasant and intuitive interface
The choice of font size, color and user interface widgets are all esthetically pleasing.
Pro Repeating tasks is easy
The UI provides a very simple approach to repeating events or reminders. Users can choose from daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, number of weeks, or by specific days.
Pro Unique portrait week view
Unique and efficient way to display weeklong agenda in portrait view.
Pro Supports Drag-and-drop of events to reschedule
Moving the date of an appointment is easy.
Pro Notification center
The new notification center puts all the info in one place, and lets users choose from several different views.
Pro Syncs with iOS reminders
Calendars 5 uses the reminders that already exist, and can add new reminders with Siri.
Pro Helps prioritize email
The app will automatically attempt to figure out which emails are important to you and surface those. The priority emails will show up in your inbox in a tab called Focused, with other emails in a tab called Other. It aims to separate spam and promotional emails from the important emails.
Pro Integrates with cloud storage services
Microsoft Outlook comes with built-in cloud storage browser allowing you to attach files directly from services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or OneDrive to emails and directly open attached files without the need for the main cloud storage app.
Pro Good built-in calendar
The calendar includes agenda, day and three-day views.
Pro Quick swipe features
Microsoft Outlook comes with quick swipe features where users can quickly swipe the thread either from left (to schedule) or right (to delete or archive). Additionally, users can also customize the swipe actions to, for example, set swipe from left to archive or swipe from right to delete.
Pro Excellent notifications center calendar widget
Pro Good built-in contacts
In addition to showing contact information, the People section of Outlook can show all conversations you've had with a person. Moreover, if you're looking for someone that's not in your contact's list, but is in your company's or school's directory, Outlook can pull that information through integration with Global Address List (GAL).
Pro Integrates with Microsoft services
Con Limited map compatibility
Calendars 5 only uses Apple's Maps app, so Google Maps is out of the question.
Con Doesn't follow security guidelines
The app stores user information and credentials on outside servers which is a violation of ActiveSync password requirement policies. These security concerns have been enough of an issue that European Parliament has banned its members from using the app out of fear that it might lead to leaking sensitive information.