Let’s be honest, the built-in Calendar app that ships with the Apple Watch sucks. It has a single month view with no way of switching away from the current month. Currently there are a handful of third-party calendar applications for the Apple Watch, and while they’re okay, they all miss a point here or there. This is where Fantastical comes in to fix those issues. Fantastical is my calendar application of choice and for good reason.
The Apple Watch foundation is built upon short interactions throughout your day. With Fantastical, you’re able quickly glance over your calendar events for your upcoming week. Rather than have a traditional ‘timeline’, Fantastical lists your events in order.
The app also takes advantage of Force Touch. When firmly tapping the display you’re able to, from any part of the application, create a new event. This will bring up dictation and, just like Fantastical on iOS and OS X, you’re able to just speak into it naturally and the app will automatically fill in the details as you speak. For example, “Dinner at 9PM with the Pocket Full of Apps crew at the secret lab for bloggers.”
Most can argue that the design on the Watch is pretty simple. Throw a black background on it, pick a few colors for text and everything is okay. Well, Fantastical excels in this department as well. The app, though very simple, looks like an app built for the Apple Watch. Something that can’t be said about Apple’s in-house Calendar app.
The app features a simplistic interface that is easy to navigate. When Fantastical is first launched, there is a list of your upcoming events that you can scroll through. If you choose to have reminders enabled, your list of reminders sit on top (this can be modified through the Fantastical settings on your iPhone). Tapping into any given event will give you more information like invitees, descriptions and more.
Fantastical on the Apple Watch brings over the experience from its iPhone counterpart. It’s easy to use, beautiful and it feels like a true Watchapp. Though the app is lacking a way to modify existing events, a month view, or viewing more than just a weeks worth of events it’s by far the best Calendar app available on the Apple’s wearable device.