The native BlackBerry calendar helps keep everyone organized. Entering appointments, meetings and play dates in, it's been a loyal and trustworthy companion. Unfortunately, it's not very proactive. It leaves all of the data input to you. Sure, it keeps track of the days of the week, but what about important national or religious holidays, or even sporting events? Usually a gander at Google or exporting the info from Outlook solves the problem, but not convenient.
The application grants access to a multitude of holidays that are celebrated around the world. Sporting events, such as the start of the NHL regular season, are tracked as well. Datepedia can be used to input personal birthdays, anniversaries and more. With options such as search, filter or export, you may use datepedia to mark today as the day you found an easier way to keep track of important dates.
Datepedia for BlackBerry Smartphones
Datepedia is a brawny, yet effortless library of dates to remember. The main menu consists of several categories to choose from; National Holidays, Religious Holidays, Sporting Events and Personal Events. You can also add an event or search for one. Each category consists of subcategories to choose from;
National Holidays - National Holidays are broken down by Country. Initially, the holidays for 10 countries are accessible. Click on a Country and its major holidays appear in the next screen. Each holiday entry lists the name of the holiday, date and day of the week it lands on, depending on the year. Clicking on a particular holiday sends you to a calendar view, where you can see the month in which the holiday occurs.
Religious Holidays - These holidays are separated into Christian, Jewish and Islamic holidays. With regards to my religion, there were some listed that I wasn't aware of. Hmm, add another wrinkle to my brain. In this category's calendar view, a brief description of the religious holiday is shown.
Sporting Events - This covers almost everything from the NHL to NASCAR to the Olympics. datepedia gives a basic schedule of all-star games, beginning and ending of seasons, bowls and more.
Personal Events - Helps you stay out of the dog house by listing the Birthdays and Anniversaries that you enter.
With each of these categories, you can export desired information directly to your BlackBerry Calendar application, enabling you to create alerts for the holidays and eliminating the task of manually entering the information in the Calendar. Information can be added to each category as well. You can add countries, and its holidays, to the National Holiday list or add Religions to the Religious Holidays section. datepedia gives you a look into the future, as it lists each holiday or event for (currently) 2008, 2009 and 2010. You are able to filter entries by year, meaning that you can choose to view the holidays in 2009 only. Looking for a particular entry? Try using the search option. You can enter keywords and select which category to search in.
The navigation was easy enough, especially with the wrap-around addition. Adding these entries to the BlackBerry Calendar was flawless, as you can select to export all entries, multiple entries or the highlighted entry. Though I found the application possessing great potential, there were a few issues I ran across when digging through datepedia;
The recent update (version 188.8.131.52) has fixed a major issue with the calendar view. In the previous version the calendar view would display Sunday through Thursday, leaving Friday and Saturday out. Yay! I thought my social life was gone forever. With this solved, perhaps other issues will be addressed soon.
The next event: the Conclusion
After a few tweaks, datepedia will be the ultimate reference point for important dates. The application will save you the time it takes to Google and add important dates, as you can easily export to the calendar. If you have the time to add specific holidays and/or religions, you'll have an easier time keeping track of what's important. There isn't a trial period available for datepedia - you can pick it up at the CrackBerry store for $9.95. If Mobatech can win this guy over with Mobile Bartender, then it won't take too much more work to make me sing datepedia's praises.Pros