standard Video: @windowsphone Calendar on WP8.1 – good additions but still needs some work on it!

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 08.41.09

 

Calendar has been one of the things that has bugged me in WP since owning an Omnia 7 to test out WP. Whilst I love that it was my first device that seamlessly synced my calendars (appointments made on phone or pc were on both, plus it retrieved FB events), I didn’t like how it presented them. There are some new improvements but I still feel there’s more to do.

In the video, Daniel says that as one of the changes in month view it now just shows lines and not appointments in small text. Yes it did show “appointments” in text but the text never meant anything. It never showed the actual appointments in small text in month view. If you zoom in, you get that “Lorem Ipsum” text generator jazz.

My main issue was the lack of use of the calendar view optimisations. First no week view. Second the month view does nothing other than to tell you there’s something there. There’s space at the bottom where it could tell you quickly what’s on for today whilst in month view but no.

Week view is present. I don’t know how it looks in landscape.

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 08.41.01

 

Here’s possible ways to do it and not this way. Note how big the screen is and how much resolution is available. Granted they are trying to get this on smaller low res devices but look at this.

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 08.44.02 Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 08.44.09

 

I don’t recall if iPhone always had week view. I know the tabs had list/day/month. But even then, their calendar was already better looking as it showed you appointments under the calendar month in the same view. Perhaps not as detailed but it allowed you to see what’s there.

This may not be native, it might be an app. But imagine if you could view all of this in ONE view should you want the topion

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 08.47.27

 

I also like the line that Google Calendar or iOS’ calendar shows that indicates the current time.

Also, instead of going to menu to change between day view/week view/month view, could we not pinch zoom as another option?

Just a few rambles. Perhaps I’ll like it more when I get to use it.

Windows Phone Centralยท