Moleskine Timepage review

Today Moleskine released an app, yes you heard me correcty a notebook manufacturer released an iOS app (iPhone only) called Timepage (£3.99/$4.99) and they have only gone and created one of the best looking apps on the platform.

With Apple Watch support it's quickly become my calendar of choice on both devices (please can we have an iPad version), with a gorgeous design and quick entry creation they are onto a real winner.

Once you have entered your credentials (supports iCloud, Google or Exchange) you are presented with a nice clean full screen view of your calendar.  You can customise the look with some colour options and I find the font choice made to be clear enough to read fine.

Swiping to the left brings up the weather for each of the days, not sure why we need this... 

Swiping to the left brings up the weather for each of the days, not sure why we need this... 

Swiping right brings up the options, but swipe from the middle of the screen rather than the edge as it doesn't work if you do it like that

Swiping right brings up the options, but swipe from the middle of the screen rather than the edge as it doesn't work if you do it like that

Tapping on a day bring up the TODAY view, show us any appointments we have and the weather

Tapping on a day bring up the TODAY view, show us any appointments we have and the weather

Pull down in the TODAY view to create a new entry 

Pull down in the TODAY view to create a new entry 

Once we have entered the name we can add the detail for our calendar event

Once we have entered the name we can add the detail for our calendar event

All of the above steps (once you have figured out the UI) look and work great, it's really natural and friction free.  There is a definite learning curve with this app so give it time but once you have  it down it tends to be quicker than using the native iOS calendar app.  One big UI highlight to mention is how to get to today in the calendar view, when you are scrolling click the arrow (black circle with white arrow) that appears on the top or bottom of the screen.

Having said earlier I didn't see the point of showing the weather on the main view, seeing in the event viewing is great - especially for future events so that you can gauge what to pack.

This app also has an Apple Watch companion app, which I have installed and am using as my primary calendar glance.

The Apple Watch glance is a great way to see what your next appointment is, I'm hoping Apple allows third parties to create watch face complications so I can see it whenever I check the time

The Apple Watch glance is a great way to see what your next appointment is, I'm hoping Apple allows third parties to create watch face complications so I can see it whenever I check the time

The Apple Watch app is nicely laid out and allows you to quickly swipe through a weeks worth of calendar entries

The Apple Watch app is nicely laid out and allows you to quickly swipe through a weeks worth of calendar entries

Overall the Apple Watch app is really great but I would like to have seen the addition of force touch to create a calendar entry, at the moment you can only view what you have already created.

Summary

Paying for a calendar will still seem strange for some people but at the price I think it's worth it, already saving me time on calendar entry and with the customisation options I can get it to look as I want it.  In my testing I didn't find any bugs and the UI (once you have gotten used to it) is a real winner - one of the best I've used.

If you want something to replace the stock iOS calendar and are after something that looks cleaner and makes creating new events a breeze check out Timepage.

Source: Moleskine