A few weeks ago, I wrote that I was Considering a Different Calendar App. After testing BusyCal, Cron, and Calendar 366, while also looking at several others, nothing comes close to Fantastical.
BusyCal comes closest but I kind of hate the way you input new events, especially time selection. Cron doesn’t support Apple Calendar, and none of them have an XL widget, which I use on my iPad.
I will keep testing Cron but the Apple Calendar integration is a must. I have local calendars for bills and kid events that I want to see in my calendar app.
I think it’s safe to say that the amount of time I’ve put into trying other apps has justified the $60/year cost for Fantastical. It’s still easily the best calendar app for power users.