Datepedia updated to version 2.0

By Dave Peckens on 29 Sep 2010 11:28 am
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Say you're looking to determine the exact calendar date of your favorite holiday or sporting event. Or perhaps you're scrambling to remember how many days are left until your next birthday or anniversary celebration. Wouldn't it be great if there was an easy way to import this information directly into your BlackBerry Calendar? If that sounds useful to you then Mobatech's Datepedia is your app.

Datepedia version 1.0 has already been out for a few years and was previously reviewed by Ryan Blundell back in 2008. And now, almost two years later, Mobatech is ready to release version 2.0 (see press release) and CrackBerry.com got an exclusive first look!

What's New?
So what makes Datepedia 2.0 different from the previous version? Well, besides an overall improved interface, the best feature is the new color-coded Calendar View that provides a quick and intuitive method for viewing holidays and other special events.

Datepedia

Importing Personal Dates
This new version also provides users with enhanced features for managing birthdays and anniversaries. Such features as the ability to import information from your existing Contacts by simply pressing the '+' icon from the main menu screen and then click the 'Import from Contacts' button.

You can also easily export dates by pressing the BlackBerry Menu key, and then choose 'Export' from any Events List or individual event screen.

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Manually Adding Dates
Of course you also have the option to manually add dates within the app. Here you can see the app stays consistent with its good looks and even offers a descriptions field so you can remember Grandma prefers to see you instead of a card in the mail.

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Setting A Reminder
Setting a reminder within the app is seamless and actually flows through the native BlackBerry Calendar system. And when you choose to export a particular Datepedia event you're prompted to set a reminder.

You can also set 'Default Export' options from the main Settings screen. So you could say "always export to the 9am time slot with a 15 min reminder".

Quirks and Surprises
What would make someone buy this app when it's just as easy to find the same info elsewhere? You could essentially grab the same holidays from a Google Calendar and sync from there, but what if you're not a Google user?

Let's be honest, the BlackBerry native Calendar is not the slickest thing out there when it comes to viewing/searching for events by category (holidays, birthdays, etc). And the Month View only shows dashes to represent events on certain dates. Datepedia offers a color-coded Calendar View, listings by category, a powerful search tool, etc (even a built-in description for each of the religious holidays).

Another neat feature is that Datepedia automatically calculates the number of days until the event and then displays the birthday or anniversary by number of the days remaining (e.g. Sam's 31st Birthday or John and Susan's 5th Anniversary - 33 Days Remaining, etc).

Pros

  • Slick user interface
  • Color-coded calendar view to easily find important dates
  • Countdown to important dates
  • Support for all BlackBerry smartphone models.
  • PlayBook version is on deck.

Cons

  • One con is that events are not dynamically updated over-the-air. Although Mobatech states they will be regularly providing event package updates that can be installed as an update via the app stores.
17 comments

MADBRADNYC

This is great! I have been running the new version for almost 2 weeks now, and it is a great improvement from the previous version.

nojok3

Use Google Calendar and use their FREE Holiday/Sports/Religious Events and sync with Google Sync. You can choose which calendars you would like to sync and can sync specific sports teams. Its free...

devGOD

because its $4.99... LOL! one more month and I can switch carriers or way my options on another phone. Oct 11th WinMo7. The blackberry is becoming a joke especially with the apps and prices.

mobatech

We appreciate the feedback and will continue to try to price our apps as competitively as possible. Note that this app is a one-time fee and all upgrades (including new date packages) are currently offered at no additional charge.

The Consigliere

with devGOD here, as much as it KILLS me because I'm SO anti-apple & all my friends know that I'm an iphone hater I will give them credit when it comes to app pricing, it seems like they beat us so many times on this issue.

pastornordel

I won't be trading in my BB for anything else anytime soon, but it is apparent that we BB users have to pay for apps that are non-native to our OS and are pretty 'simple' stuff which could be easily included in the OS when you by the phone. BB Cal does not handle events well.

swamp_water

So does it replace the current BB Calendar or does it use it the calendar DB? If it's another view then that's pretty cool but if it has it's own Calendar DB then it won't backup or sync to my on-line calendar our outlook. It would have been nice if Dave mentioned this in his review as it seems to be a pretty important functionality. At least put it in pros/cons.

mobatech

Datepedia extends your current calendar and provides another view. The app offers a number of export options for saving Datepedia events to the native BB calendar. You can then backup or sync to your online calendar or Outlook and the sync will include the Datepedia events. So, you have the option to view events on your existing calendar, within Datepedia or both. Hope that helps!

Alfonsca

I like a lot of features offered by many BB apps out there, but I cannot (and will not) justify the cost of MANY of them. Assuming the app developer gets millions of users to buy their app (which should be their goal, and not to gouge the few that grab it as soon as it appears), why should the cost be $5 PER USER? Why should a BB user spend $100s of dollars just to keep their "smartphone" operating smartly? That should be a job for RIM and its carriers. Yes, if it is a niche or unique app specifically suited to my needs, by all means charge what the market will bear, but for a glorified calendar? C'mon now...

zensen

this seems like something I need!

I'm just waiting on the torch! :S

CrackedAngel

What's an application review without a price? I could have learned more about the application by going to their website.

asloman

I find it offensive and insensative that you have chosen to use the Christian cross as the generic symbol for all the religions in your blackberry app Datepedia.

mobatech

We very much appreciate this feedback. Our developers represent multiple religions and we definitely did not intend to be offensive or insensitive. Given this feedback, we will look to modify the Datepedia icon for this particular category and provide an update at no additional charge.

asloman

Thank you for you prompt and thoughtful response. While I am sure there are those who do not have strong feelings about such things, there are those of us to whom this is a important and emotional issue.

tterpy

Looks like a great app and I think I will give it a whirl. As to the negativity of the cross, only those who look to be offended will be. Doesn't bother me.

mobatech

Thanks for the positive feedback -- we appreciate it and hope you like the app!

maddie1128

So should I be offended by the soccer ball to represent sports. Give me a break.
Oh and that is clearly a man representing personal events. Humf........I am offended! sniff-sniff