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When you think about it, the calendars on our iPhones aren't all that different than the ones that hang on our walls. Sure, we can set alerts for 2037 and fit much more than we can on those impossibly small squares, but for the most part, digital calendars haven't brought much new to the game. Horizon Calendar might not be a revolutionary change to mobile calendaring, but it's a good start. Its fresh, clean interface puts your events front and center with color-coded appointments and locations, and best of all, weather reports.
Since it syncs with iCloud and Google, launching Horizon immediately brings up a scrollable list of your upcoming meetings, dates, and birthdays. A tiny calendar is available with a swipe from the top, but it's mainly used for navigation; tapping a day whisks you to a separate screen where you can see the time and location for each of your events, along with the day's weather (within two weeks). As a nice touch, Horizon will even give estimated temperatures for the exact time of your appointments.
We've used plenty of calendar apps on our iPhones, but Horizon felt incredibly fast, from scrolling through events to navigating between them. We particularly enjoyed the night mode and the option to eliminate days without events. Inputting appointments and events into Horizon is fairly standard, but we've been so spoiled by Fantastical's natural language engine that even the Google-powered location predictor here felt like a downgrade.
We didn't have many complaints otherwise, though there were some issues with editing events. Sometimes duplicate appointments were created and other times our changes didn't save, but these hiccups were infrequent. Also, there was an issue with displaying locations, though again, that's only a minor quibble considering how effective the overall package is.
The bottom line. Even if it's showing rain alongside your picnic plans, Horizon makes your calendar look better than ever.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Pinpoint weather forecasts for your events. Zippy interface. Excellent navigation.
Somewhat stale input method. Occasional (but minor) viewing bugs.