Connects with many email accounts; Unique I'm Running Late feature; Pulls in all related documents and emails; Syncs with Google Maps; Calls and messages contacts from within app
iOS only; Sluggish document/email load times
Tempo is a smart calendar app that aggregates everything you might need for a meeting, including people, places and documents, all in one place.
From the makers of Siri comes Tempo, a smart app that syncs your calendars and compiles all of your events, contacts, documents and emails all in one place so you're completely prepared for all your meetings. Already the cool kid that everyone wants to play with at recess, Tempo has a waitlist of several thousand people. We got our golden ticket after a little less than a week, but is this meeting assistant worth the wait?
Tempo pulls in a lot of information, so it gives a warning that it may take several minutes. It took the app less than 10 minutes to ready our Calendar and notified us when it was ready.
The app features five distinct views. Agenda View displays what's on your plate for the day, as well as information such as contacts, locations and documents. List View shows a list of all upcoming meetings in the following days and weeks. Day View gives an hourly play-by-play of what's on your calendar, and Week View shows blocks on your schedule of your meetings. Finally, the Month View shows a monthly calendar.
In Agenda View, there's a featured image of the day, with widgets for the weather and your location situated to the right of that. If you don't like the image of the day, you can take your own photo or choose one from your Camera Roll.
The A + button in the upper right corner lets you add an event. Once you've created or selected a specific meeting, you're taken to a summary of that event. A pencil tool in the upper right corner lets you edit meeting details, while tapping on its name lets you edit its summary. In the status bar, Tempo displays an overview of the relevant details it found for that event.
You can tap on the date in the top left corner at any time to exit a specific meeting and go back to a calendar view.
Within our Status Meeting on April 2, we were able to see that the event repeated weekly, and we marked our availability as Busy on our calendar during this event. We could also view the conference-call number, as well as its passcode. Tempo showed the location of the meeting, the other attendees and any notes the creator of the event made. We love that all this info is displayed within one app.
Google Maps' Satellite and Google Earth modes were especially helpful, as we could see what the building we were traveling to looked like.
It's worth noting that Siri works with Tempo, so you can just tell Siri to create a meeting, then list the attendees and location. Siri then will pull the contact and location info for you, as well as any relevant emails or documents.
Tempo also connects with Foursquare and Yelp, so you can check in at locations or check out reviews of the places you'll be visiting during your day.
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Within an event, tapping on Contacts shows a list of everyone we invited to that particular event. Tapping on individuals offers multiple options based on the information your iPhone has stored.
Tapping on managing editor Anna Attkisson gave us even more options since we had her cell number. In addition to viewing her LinkedIn profile and emailing her, we could also send an I'm Running Late message via text.
If you're stuck in traffic and you need to let meeting attendees know you'll be tardy, the I'm Running Late feature is an especially handy feature, as the app saves you from having to manually draft an email while driving.
There was a bit of lag when Tempo searched our email and documents to find matching keywords. We understand that the app has a lot to search through, but we could see ourselves getting frustrated and exiting out of the Tempo to find the info manually instead of waiting for it to load.
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