Pocket Informant has arrived for Android, though a bit of warning, this is still technically listed as a public beta (and one that will expire on January 24th). That said, those like myself who have enjoyed Pocket Informant on another platform (currently or in the past) will likely be happy regardless of the beta tag. The version is listed as 1.00.3809 and it arrives as a 758KB download. At present the app is free, though it will come with a cost when it rolls out of beta. Just to offer a quick price check, Pocket Informant is also available for the BlackBerry priced at $12.95 and the the iPhone and iPad where it is $12.99 and $14.99. I will say that the price is more than fair, I have and regularly use the iPad version myself.
And for those who have never seen Pocket Informant before and are wondering why anyone would want to install another calendar app on their Android phone, after all, we already have Google Calendar. Well, in short, Pocket Informant is much more. Actually much, much, much more.
Just for starters, it does sync with your Google Calendar, but it also integrates tasks. And those tasks are also synced with the web, by way of Toodledo. Otherwise, the official description for Pocket Informant reads as;
“Pocket Informant is a fully redesigned from the ground up calendaring and GTD®-based tasks solution for Android Devices.”
And with that, here are the features of the app;
- Full-featured events management integrated with Android Calendar plus a separate PI Calendar
- Tasks management with synchronization to Toodledo
- Both events and tasks can be displayed in 2 different day views, 6 week views, agenda view and month view
- Plain list and grouped (by category, context, folder, action, status) task views for tasks
- Optional category (for events and tasks) and status (for tasks only) filters in main views
- Ability to show/hide different Android calendars
- Optional timebars and mini-text (event details displayed directly in calendar grid) views for events month view
- Templates for events and tasks (including default templates for new items)
- Custom time/date selection controls for easy task/event modification and navigation in main view (including all month view features including mini-text in date selector)
- Easily accessible commands for events or tasks directly from main views (assign category, move between calendars, move to a different date, context, folder etc.)
- Highly configurable interface (with over 100 different options)
- Configurable event and task edit dialogs (with ability to show/hide all event/task fields)
- Search and notifications integration with standard Android services
- Ability to assign colors to each individual event or task, category, calendar, different task statuses, work and free days etc.
- Easy backup with ability to export/import all settings or copy whole PI database with simple copy of one file
- Optional auto-deletion of completed tasks (on deletion or after certain period of time)
Now I leave you with that (and the screenshots below) because it is time for me to go and get Pocket Informant set up on my phone.
Pocket Informant for Android (beta) – Scan to download