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In the age of smart phones, the best calendar apps go beyond scheduled dates and alarms. Mynd and UpTo are two free alternative date-keeping solutions for iPhone that put the stock app to shame.

Mynd and UpTo both schedule events the in the same way as the iOS Calendar. They both also provide alarms, and sync with your other calendars – but these two gems include unique features that go well beyond Calendar. You could even use the both of them for different purposes – let’s take a look.

Mynd: The Visual Calendar

Mynd‘s biggest selling point is arguably its visually oriented home screen. Instead of the traditional calendar view, Mynd provides a graphic view of current and upcoming events, locations, the local weather, your connections and travel mileage. Just as you might check your iOS Notification Center, you can check Mynd to get an overview of your day. If you allow it, the app will pull in your existing Calendar dates, and can also search search dates you have scheduled in your LinkedIn and Evernote accounts.

Mynd 1

Mynd also includes a scheduler feature which allows you to quickly propose a set of times to meet with other attendees, before creating a stylish formatted email with the selected dates and times (as you can see below).

Mynd scheduler

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Mynd also provides a road map, as well as travel times and distance to locations you append to events – information it remembers for quickness and repeat usage. Alerts and notifications should let you know what time you need to leave, based on GPS data, to arrive at an event on time.

Mynd locations

If your calendar is usually full, you will appreciate Mynd’s list view which includes the contact information of those you’re meeting with. You can view events by single day, and a simple tap of the app re-opens the homepage.

Mynd list view

Though I currently use the iOS Flexibits Launches Fantastical 2 Calendar for iOS 7 at $4.99 Flexibits Launches Fantastical 2 Calendar for iOS 7 at $4.99 Flexibits has redesigned, remade and relaunched their popular calendar app for iOS 7, packing new features and a sleeker look. But it comes at a cost, whether you bought v1 or not! Read More and Mac Manage Your Calendar From The Mac Menubar With Fantastical Manage Your Calendar From The Mac Menubar With Fantastical Manage your calendar, completely, from your Mac's menu bar. Fantastical isn't just a way to quickly see your upcoming events: it's a way to never look at Apple's default Calendar again. Read More calendar app, Fantastical, I find it difficult to resist the visual-approach Mynd uses.

UpTo: For What’s Up

UpTo makes use of a traditional calendar view, but it’s actually two calendars in one. Not only does it sync with your iOS calendar (not to mention Google and Exchange calendars), it also provides a way to add scheduled dates for a variety of events like movie and music releases, national and local sports events, television shows, international and religious holidays.

UpTo two calendars

You can discover and selectively follow dozens of calendars in the app, and then simply tap the browsing button at the bottom of the calendar homepage to view current and upcoming events not yet added to your personal calendar.

Movie listings

A good example is using the app to find out which movies are being shown next weekend. Tap on the calendar browser button and a list of upcoming movies appears, including releases near my current location. With a single tap you can add a selected listing to your own personal calendar. If you want to view more information about a movie listing, the UpTo opens the movie selection in the movies review app, Fandango Think Fandango Is Just For Checking Movie Showtimes? Think Again [iPhone] Think Fandango Is Just For Checking Movie Showtimes? Think Again [iPhone] Are you a movie buff? If so, you probably like to keep up with all the latest happenings in the movie world at all times. You want all of that critical information about what is... Read More .

While the calendar dates in this app can also be found on the Internet, UpTo makes it more convenient to check local events and easily add them to your personal calendar. What’s more, if you have friends who use UpTo, you can also see which events they share on their calendar if they allow it.

The Perfect Calendar App?

The perfect calendar app would be a combination of these two unique apps, Fantasical, and the personal assistant app, EasilyDo Do You Need Your Own Free Personal Assistant? Try Out EasilyDo On Your iPhone Do You Need Your Own Free Personal Assistant? Try Out EasilyDo On Your iPhone Siri only does what you tell it to do - it responds to direct questions, it doesn't take the initiative and remind you of things itself. One good app for that is the free EasilyDo. Read More . They each contain features that go well beyond Apple’s default Calendar for the iPhone – but you’ve got to use all four to get the benefits.

Since UpTo and Mynd are both free downloads, there’s no reason not to check them out. Let us know which you prefer, and what other features you would like to see added.

Download:  Mynd (Free) / UpTo (Free)

  1. Jack Smith
    April 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Mynd is cool, but UpTo is my jam!

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