Desk CalendarYes, I know that Google Android devices already come with a pre-installed Calendar application that typically links up with your Google Calendar, but it may not be exactly what you want to use to plan your day. Samsung devices get the skinned S Planner that some people prefer, but what if you want even more options when it comes to alternative Android calendar apps?

Just as there are lots of Twitter apps and smart travel apps for the Android platform, there are plenty of alternative calendar apps for you to use too. Each of these brings something different to your digital daily planner, so it’s just a matter of finding the one that best suits your needs and personal preferences.

Jorte Calendar

Jorte Calendar for Android

Jorte Calendar for Android

Download from Google Play Store: Free

While Jorte has been designed to be relatively simple to use, the developers have included a fairly wide variety of functions and features. As with Google Calendar, it’s set up with the cloud for multi-device backup. You can also choose from a number of different widget settings for ease of access, see your completed appointments at a glance, and choose which day you want to be th estart of the week. It also synchronizes with Google Calendar, if you want, so it’s not like you have to give up the power of the Google either.

aCalendar+ Android Calendar

aCalendar+ on Android

aCalendar+ on Android

Download from Google Play Store: $3.99

The free version, aCalendar, gives you many of the key features that you’d want from an alternative Google Calendar, but you’ll need to upgrade to the premium aCalendar+ version if you want to have full functionality. For example, you can put a month widget on your homescreen for faster reference and you gain access to a file sharing option for ease of collaboration. There are full screen widgets, flexible recurrences, 48 colors per calendar, QR code event sharing, multitouch gestures, and a simple three-finger tap to jump to “today.”

Business Calendar

Android Business Calendar

Android Business Calendar

Download from Google Play Store: $4.99

Widely regarded as one of the best Android calendar alternative apps, Business Calendar gives you the ability to scroll and zoom through your multi-day view, a feature that’s still notably missing from the default Google Calendar app. This is great for people who are coming from iOS, for example, and the multi-day view can stretch between one and 14 days long. Naturally, there’s drag-and-drop support, as well as a quick day overview when adding a new event. You can link contacts to events too and use the 11 different widget design themes.

Gemini Calendar

Gemini Calendar App

Gemini Calendar App

Download from Google Play Store: Free

This free calendar application for Android still synchronizes with Google Calendar, but you get a slightly different interface. Perhaps one of the most useful features is the ability to copy and paste events, saving the information to the clipboard for ease to moving appointments around. You can add events by voice too and there is the option for events to repeat on a bi-weekly basis, as well as other repetition options for recurring events. There are dark and light skins, attendee status, and the ability to add events from your history log.

Pocket Informant

Pocket Informant Google Android Calendar

Pocket Informant Google Android Calendar

Download from Google Play Store: $9.99

Yes, this is the most expensive Android calendar on the list, but it could prove to be a particularly valuable investment for people who are coming from the Windows Mobile environment. It integrates GTD Tasks, Calendar, and Contacts into a unified interface. This way, you can view your contacts from directly within the app, instead of having to switch back and forth. Easily swipe between the different months, days and weeks, and take advantage of the pre-designed templates for events and tasks. The mini-text view in month view is very useful, too.

CalenGoo

CalenGoo Android Calendar App

CalenGoo Android Calendar App

In addition to the usual Android calendar views, CalenGoo also has a landscape day view that could come in handy under different circumstances. The developer has also come up with a huge range of home screen widgets of different sizes, offering day view, month view, or agenda view in up to 5×5. The month view is zoomable and you can get some great custom icons for added personalization. You can also customize the hardware buttons for special functions. Birthdays and anniversaries of contacts are imported as well.

Download from Google Play Store: $5.99

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