My task this week was to choose two calendar applications (or online resources) and play around with them for a few days; get a feel of them and then decide which you would be more likely to use and why. I chose to compare an online application titled Dayviewer, and the automatic (comes pre-installed in the iPhone) Apple calender.
Now, I am going to have to be honest, I am slightly biased in my decision to use the Apple calendar rather than the online Dayviewer. The Apple calendar is what I have been using for years; I am much more comfortable with this format because it’s what I’m used to. However, that being said, I still probably would’ve chosen the Apple calendar even if I had had no experience with either, simply due to it’s user friendly and easy-to navigate set-up. Others may also refer to this set-up as more of a break-down, seeing as Apple offers multiple categories of calendars, and simple steps to set up events and reminders. This includes Calendar, Home, and Work – as well as being able to sync these different calendars with your Facebook and various other accounts to include birthday alerts and Facebook events automatically as well. Dayviewer is slightly less user friendly, with a confusing amount of options and a lack of explanation. The webpage has almost too much going on. Once ones begin to understand the layout though, they will find that many of these options are useless to some. Contacts, and messaging options for other people inside of the Dayviewer community. Unless one was using this deliberately with other people in a group form, these would be virtually unnecessary. This was the case for me. I did however find that there were some extra categories offered for personal organization that the Apple calendar lacked; some of these being Notes, Tasks, Events, Payments, and Online Chats, as well as being able to navigate between either your Personal, or Shared calendars. One thing that I found very useful about Dayviewer was that on the right, about a third of the page is a section titled “What’s Coming Up”. Here all of one’s upcoming events are listed in a to-do list manner; the user can decide to show the next 5, 10, 20, or 50 upcoming events in their schedule. Seeing every event in this manor was useful to me personally. The deciding factor between which one I would be more likely to use was accessibility. Both are electronic, but only Dayviewer absolutely requires internet for access. Also, the only reminders that Dayviewer can send to me are through my email, which is not a very direct way to reach me. I cannot rely on an email the way I can rely on an alarm reminder through my cellphone, which I am rarely caught without. The Apple calendar offers alarms on calendar events as well as secondary reminders of this event at an earlier (or later) date decided by you. The Apple calendar is direct and efficient; it works better with my lifestyle.