A little bit about me: I used to be a PC. I grew up on PCs, built my own PC and lived with all the bells, whistles, and frustrations PCs had to offer. Then one fateful day, I met one of those artistic types and fell in love… yadda, yadda, yadda… now I’m a Mac. This is important because during my first year as a Mac, I went through many withdrawals, the most important of which was the absolute lack of a calendar. Yes, I know the Mac comes with a calendar. The iPhone too, comes with a calendar. Those calendars, to put it mildly, suck.
So, fast forward to the iPhone that I now own. I went from a Windows Mobile based device that could sync with Outlook, to the coolest of cool multi-tools, the iPhone. Now, I was in dire straits. I just got this fun toy that plays games, finds my location and tunes my ukelele, but DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO DO BUSINESS. How was I to conduct my many synchronized calendars, to-do lists, multiple alarms and templates without my Windows phone?!?
Enter: Pocket Informant. I met Pocket Informant in my WinMobile days and we were tight. She knew what color my Leisure Calendar was and the puke green shade that I assigned to my Work Calendar. This was an app I could not live without, and she saved my life by being on my iPhone when I needed her most. (She is also on Blackberry, btw.) Granted, if you are going from the Windows Mobile version, which has been around for years before the iPhone even came into existence, it is a bit of a downgrade. However, if you are going from iCal to PI, it will feel like the best decision of your life.
I personally sync my Pocket Informant on my iPhone with Google Calendar, because again, I could not get on board with Apple’s desktop version.
Some obvious upgrades:
Basically, at $12.99, this is the most expensive iPhone app I have ever bought, but it was worth every penny. I’m pretty sure they have a light version to try some of the features out for free, and test if it works for you and your other programs. It does sync with Windows Outlook, if you’re one of those Dual Users. For those of you OCD organizers out there who wanted a fun phone but didn’t find iCal robust enough – this one’s for you.