The Good 🔥 — Fantastical is one of the most feature-rich calendar apps. It has a decent, clean UI and two killer features: natural language recognition (eg. “remind me to bring my charger every Monday morning”) and advanced search (filter by title, location, or invitees). What I love most about Fantastical is how fast it is, on both desktop and mobile.
It’s super powerful and integrates seamlessly with iOS. There’s a beautiful widget designed specifically for the Notification Center and, for iPhone 6S users, 3D Touch capabilities to quickly preview or create events. If you’re using Fantastical for iPad, the app offers Split View for multi-tasking. With Fantastical for Mac, you can perform basic calendar tasks with the menu bar “mini window,” and for more complicated planning, you can use keyboard shortcuts for a variety of commands.
The Bad 👎 — $$$$ It’s expensive compared to other apps, but I’d say if you really want a calendar that can do it all, it’s not going to get any better than Fantastical. There’s a free 21-day trial for the desktop app if you’d rather try before you buy. Every app is priced differently and must be purchased separately (the iPad app is an additional $5).
Once you use Fantastical, you’re locked into the Fantastical ecosystem. If you don’t have your personal phone or computer around, there’s no web app. You also need to set up Fantastical through iOS and Mac settings, which are notoriously user un-friendly and, for some, have caused serious syncing issues.