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Quick Look: QuickCal Mobile for iPhone

QuickCal Mobile, which is simply based on the Mac widget of the same name (and by the same developer, @Boutcher), will take whatever text you type and turn it into relevant event information (see the screenshot above). It can take a little bit to get used to, but it ‘s actually much faster and more efficient than filling out location, time, and date fields manually.

Syncing
Like Calvetica, QuickCal syncs directly with the iPhone ‘s own calendar database. That means that everything is local, unless you set your iPhone calendar to sync with an online service, or you sync with iCal/Outlook through iTunes.
I ‘ve got my own iPhone set up to sync with Google over Exchange (details here), which means that all of my local calendar data is instantly pushed to Google servers, so using QuickCal is a lot like having a native Google Calendar app.

Scheduling events
There is no “new event” button in QuickCal. but there is an always-on text field at the top of the screen, so all you need to do is tap on it, enter your event details, and press Done. The text field recognizes days, dates, times, duration, and locations, aside from the actual name of the event. QuickCal even parses all your text live, so you don’t need to press enter to check whether or not the app has interpreted your data correctly.

If you’re not familiar with how to enter text into a system like this, @Boutcher has seen fit to include a “Help” tab in QuickCal with examples of exactly how to enter event information. The Help tab also explains smart alarms, which activate different default alarms based on how far in the future you create an event (e.g. 30 minutes for events within a week, one day for events within a month, etc.).

examples of exactly how to enter event information. The Help tab also explains smart alarms, which activate different default alarms based on how far in the future you create an event (e.g. 30 minutes for events within a week, one day for events within a month, etc.).

Viewing events
QuickCal is really meant for scheduling, but it does show you a relatively compact list of upcoming events on the main screen, just below the text field. Tapping on an event brings up an event overview exactly like the one in Calendar.app (so editing event details will also look very familiar).

More Form, please!
Functionally, I think QuickCal Mobile hit the nail on the head, but I think the app would improve remarkably if the UI received a makeover. Some parts just feel a little awkward, as if they were still sized for the Mac widget, instead of being specifically fitted for the iPhone. In particular, the text feels a little too small, and the search bar and top bar don’t quite fit with the rest of the interface. The colour scheme and design also feel a little bland — especially when compared to other apps like Calendars or Calvetica.

Then again, QuickCal isn’t about sticking around and enjoying the view. It’s about tapping on a basic text field, entering event details, pressing Done, and then getting back to whatever you were doing beforehand, so maybe it doesn’t have to be as pretty as all of the other scheduling apps. QuickCal Mobile is also just $0.99, which makes it considerably cheaper than most of its competition.

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