We don’t love the iCal app on our iPhone, but we hadn’t found a lovable replacement that we would recommend to others until Tempo. After test driving Tempo for a few months for this app review, we think this is a great alternative to iCal on the iPhone.
A BETTER INTERFACE
The Tempo calendar design is lovely, with multiple views (list, day, week, and month) and the striking agenda view with a weather bug, customizable header image, generous white space and easy-to-scan type. Where this app really shines though is in its smarts, as it learns to be a smart assistant and anticipate your needs.
A SMARTER ENGINE
In order to get the most out of Tempo, you need to give it access to your email and social media accounts, not unlike our recently reviewed EasilyDo app. By doing so, Tempo can scan through your accounts to connect emails, documents, LinkedIn profiles and facebook profiles to the events on your calendar, so that you have all of that information a tap away.
Adding events to Tempo is a simple form, including the ability to invite others to the event (new as of late May 2013).
You can also use the well-integrated Siri features. This app comes from the smart folks who invented Siri, so it’s very Siri savvy.
We were particularly impressed with Tempo’s ability to learn and refine over time. It just got better and better at assisting us with those little edges that fray the day.
SMARTER MEETING PREP
For a scheduled meeting, Tempo will gather the related emails and documents and attach them to the calendar, so the agenda, powerpoint or proposal is easy to access, even from your iPhone.
You can also easily browse through emails related to the meeting, which is extra helpful when you’re heavy email users like we are.
LinkedIn profiles are on standby for all meeting attendees, which is great when you’re meeting with new people. And contact information for all parties is right there, so you’re not hunting and pecking through your phone.
SMARTER CONFERENCE CALLS
For conference calls, Tempo gives a hand as it adds buttons to your phone screen with the conference call access codes ready to dial. There is nothing worse than having to toggle back and forth between calendar window and dial pad window to enter your access code, and Tempo eliminates that pain!
HELP WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
When things go wrong, like you’re running late or the meeting you’re in is running over and will make you late for the next one, Tempo helps you out by offering to text, message or call the attendees for your meeting.
EXTRAS FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE IN OUR CALENDARS
Tempo’s smarts don’t end at meetings.
- Tempo recognizes flights booked on the calendar and will pull flight status directly into the calendar.
- It looks at event locations and offers to help you find parking which is extra helpful if you’re headed somewhere you haven’t been before.
- It reminds you of friends’ birthdays so you can avoid being the 11pm facebook well-wisher.
HOW TO GET TEMPO & WHERE TO GO FOR MORE INFORMATION