For an individual that actively uses their Google calendar, the native widget tends to fall short of expectations. The native widget has no available options for the user to control and it only displays one event at a time. One viable replacement is the Pure Calendar widget, a highly customizable widget.
Pure Calendar provides a variety of different layout sizes (2×2, 2×3, 2×4, 3×2, 3×3, 3×4, 4×1, 4×2, 4×3, 4×4) to fit any user situation. Be sure that you have the size you want before you change the settings because the size cannot be changed once it is placed on the home screen. The visual look can also be changed by choosing one of the many available skins, and by changing the transparency of the widget.
As for the function of the calendar you can select which of your calendars you want to display. There is also support for those that use corporate calendars. In addition both Astrid and gTasks are compatible with the Pure Calendar.
There are many options that can be changed in the following categories: display format, calendar display options, tasks / to do list, events calendars and tasks colors, layout, and system options. With these settings the widget can be manipulated to function in the best way for each user.
Pure Calendar is available in the Android Market for €1.49 (about $2), and is brought to you by Francois DESLANDES (Koxx). The developer has four additional widgets available in the market (Pure Grid calendar, Weather forecast, Pure messenger, Pure music).
Reasons to purchase Pure Calendar:
- Multitude of settings
- Customizable layout
- Multiple events on widget
Possible improvements to Pure Calendar:
- Ability to change dimensions after widget is placed
- Improve repeating events recognition
The versatility of Pure Calendar widget is well worth the $2 charge. It is a perfect replacement for the native widget.
Note: This review was submitted by Cole Loomis as part of our app review contest.