The calendar app is hardly a new category so Moleskine must believe it’s got something new for it to take a shot at this crowded field

The calendar app is hardly a new category so Moleskine must believe it’s got something new for it to take a shot at this crowded field. It sells itself on the elegant minimalism of its interface, its ability to pull in several calendars at once (complete with maps and contacts) and the simple, intuitive way you interact with it. Those are the headline features, but are they compelling enough in practice?

As it turns out, yes they are: interacting with Moleskine Timepage is smooth and intuitive in a way that you can’t really appreciate in full until you’ve tried it for yourself. The main view is one long agenda, and moving between days, events, settings, weather forecasts and the app’s other sections is very simple and smooth. Even in a category where beautifully designed apps are the norm, this one still manages to stand out: whether there’s a lot of data to display or not, the interface never feels cluttered.

Useful information that you don’t necessarily get with other apps — like the time to the next meeting or how much of your day is free — is surfaced naturally to the front, and you can easily make changes to existing events with a few swipes: add reminders, set locations, invite people and more, all from the same uni ed interface. Perhaps a month view would be handy (you can view five to ten days at a time) but it’s a minor niggle.

Adding calendars from Google, iCloud or Microsoft Exchange is a breeze, and you can select which ones are on show and which ones are hidden. You also get a choice of colours and themes, a companion Apple Watch app and the ability to add events using natural language (“coffee with George at three”). Even the areas in Moleskine Timepage that aren’t original (like weather forecasting) have a polish and ease of use to them that you don’t often find.

Rated  out of 5

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