UpTo for iPhone and iPad: A calendar app you look forward to checking each day

UpTo for iPhone: The calendar app you look forward to checking each day

UpTo is a new kind of calendar for iOS that combines your personal and business schedules together in an incredibly unique way. Need to remember that board meeting tomorrow but also don't want to forget to check in on baseball scores? No problem. UpTo can keep you on task while letting you check in on personal things that are still important to you, when you have time.

All of us have lives outside of our jobs. Unfortunately, most calendar apps are set up to manage work, not play. Unless of course you take special care to import the things that are important to you. Even then, hiding and unhiding items gets messy. Luckily, this is exactly the kind of problem UpTo aims to solve.

For starters, UpTo has a catalog of thousands of public calendars you can browse and subscribe to. These calendars cover everything from sports to TV shows, movies, concerts, and much more. Find the activities you like and subscribe to the things that interest you. As for your regular calendars that you use every day, UpTo automatically imports those. Currently UpTo supports iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, and a few others. Some events in the UpTo public calendar section even show statistics or in-depth information on events. For example, a baseball game may have a list of starters as well as links to more information from the MLB.

To keep your calendar from becoming cluttered or unproductive, UpTo works as a series of layers. By default only your personal calendars are shown while all the "non-work" items are hidden. In order to view them, simply place your fingers on the screen in a pinch gesture and pull the calendar apart to reveal all your subscribed to calendars. Here you'll see any upcoming events for public calendars you've subscribed to. Alternatively, you can tap the layers button in the bottom menu to toggle public calendars on or off. You can also choose to move some of your created calendars from the front or back layer in settings, which makes layers completely user customizable.

Not only does UpTo do a great job of combining work and play calendars into one app, the interface and design are well done and easy to navigate. Simply pull down on the week view to reveal a month view. Underneath that your list view still remains in tact. You can also view your inbox from the main calendar view. The overall design is reminiscent of popular calendar app Fantastical. Unfortunately it can't combine your calendar and reminders into one app the way Fantastical can. So if that's essential for you, UpTo won't be the best choice.

The good

  • Tons of public calendars to choose from, all with lots of great information
  • Great interface that's easy to read and navigate
  • Push notifications for events
  • Layers view lets you hide personal stuff when you need to and bring it back in just a swipe or tap
  • You can share calendars with friends in just a few taps
  • You can move any calendar, personal or public, to the front or back layer of UpTo

The bad

  • No reminders integration

The bottom line

If you're looking for an iPhone and iPad calendar app that does a great job of combining work and play, look no further than UpTo. It's simple enough that anyone can pick up and start using it but customizable enough that power users can get their fix too.

Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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UpTo for iPhone and iPad: A calendar app you look forward to checking each day

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I wanted to try this app but on my 5s running ios 7.1 it either crashes, gives me a few different errors or starts the intro tutorial over and over. Deleted.

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Hi shdwx14,

Really sorry you are having issues getting in. We were having an issue with Facebook login that should now be resolved. If you don't mind trying again it would be much appreciated. If the issue continues please shoot us a note support@upto.com or email me personally mat@upto.com.

Mat

Thanks Mat! It worked like you said. Really looking forward to it. Thanks again!!

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Wow--that's looks pretty cool! The only reason I use Fantastical is for their quick and easy event duplication feature, otherwise the native app is better on the visuals. But this one might be worth a try.

So, does it have a way to duplicate an event? Thanks!

Hi Emjayess, thanks for the comment! We'll definitely look into adding the duplicate event functionality. Please shoot us a note at support(at)upto(dot)com if any other questions or comments come up. Thanks again!

I really like how there are loads of calendars to follow. Helps me keep track of my favorite sports teams and holidays without searching to an ical version to subscribe to online.

I would say a Con is the fact that there isn't a mac app. Fantastical, at least, does. Unless I missed something or am not navigating the website correctly, it doesn't seem that a Mac app is available.

I was really looking forward to this app, and still am, but every time I get to the sync stage of setup the app crashes. I have removed it a couple times, but having the same issue. Any suggestions?

Nice looking app. I like the little touch of the temp hi/low and the icon on the days. The public calendars are a nice touch. Reminder notices would be good though, as I use my phone mainly as a work phone.

When will this be released in the UK App Store?? I'd love to try this as my primary cal on work phone without the Cubs schedule being to intrusive! Pity about the lack of integration with reminders! Would be awesome if they can integrate notes or even Evernote and Dropbox!

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