Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal) vs. Spike

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
iCal
Score 8.6 out of 10
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The Apple iCloud Calendar (formerly iCal), is the calendar tool associated to Apple's productivity product suite.N/A
Spike
Score 7.5 out of 10
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Spike, from the company of the same name in Herzelia, bring communication -- emails, chats, calls, team collaborations, tasks, voice notes -- to one place. presented as a productivity and messaging app, but easier, from an inbox.N/A
Pricing
Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)Spike
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iCalSpike
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
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Features
Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)Spike
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)
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Ratings
Spike
8.9
3 Ratings
13% above category average
Task Management00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings7.73 Ratings
Search00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Visual planning tools00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)
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Ratings
Spike
8.5
3 Ratings
6% above category average
Chat00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Notifications00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Discussions00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Surveys00 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings6.52 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)
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Ratings
Spike
8.5
3 Ratings
5% above category average
Versioning00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings8.33 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Document collaboration00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Advanced security features00 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.2 out of 10
HCL Connections
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)Spike
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(11 ratings)
9.3
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apple iCloud Calendar (iCal)Spike
Likelihood to Recommend
Apple
Especially if they use apple devices, I would recommend this over other cloud based calendars for its tight integration with apple devices. You can generally add events by simply highlighting the relevant information and adding to the calendar. Or Apple mail will often automatically detect an event and give to the option to add it to your iCal with a single click of a button.
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Spike
Spike makes it simple to remain in touch with your peers and teams. It is simple, and searching for team members in the search tab is quick. Moreover, this tool makes screen sharing easier for presentations. The software is incredibly user-friendly and simple to use. Spike's versatility is enhanced via instant texting through this app. The visual and audio call quality is outstanding. Except for cloud storage, Spike does not connect with other applications. While there is a solid rationale for this, since everything - calendar, notes, tasks, team communication - can be made in the app, it loses some value if you prefer, for example, Microsoft To-Do and OneNote or Google Projects and Keep to organize your tasks and notes. I'd like to see a less costly email, calendar, and contacts-only subscription for solitary users.
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Pros
Apple
  • share calendar with other people
  • creating events and task alerts works great
  • inviting more people to the scheduled task is very useful for scheduling a meeting
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Spike
  • There is an uniform experience because it consolidates email accounts.
  • Spike's chat-like interface is its main selling feature.
  • Files may be easily shared by connecting to cloud services.
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Cons
Apple
  • I would love it to have more visualizations and not just the classic one in a common calendar and that it could be customized
  • You have the possibility to have a face-to-face call by sharing a link that, in my opinion, could be improved by creating groups of only contacts and limiting access to the meeting.
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Spike
  • I wish the calendar was more robust and provided a comprehensive look. I'd also want to have multiple windows open.
  • The inability to sync settings across devices. Configuring several devices with the same settings takes effort, particularly when it comes to custom IMAP.
  • Email Signature in HTML is still not taught as the capability, which I'd love to see.
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Alternatives Considered
Apple
For our Mac and IOS users, the use of the native iOS calendar and the cloud associated with it was an obvious choice for us, especially with the distribution of Apple products to our teams out in the field. For android users, it is easy to access the same services using the web-based client, and iCal allows various account types to be added to calendar invites. The iCal application allows the addition of 3rd party email and calendar accounts allow to be seamlessly integrated. All of the calendar accounts can be overlayed along with the native iCloud accounts. Google Calendar by comparison struggled to do all of these things as well, preferring their google Meet as the conference software and preferring Gmail accounts over all other types.
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Spike
The first one to use after google calendar is spike, after all the features that I've already mentioned,like the possibility to send a voice message, videos,photos etc... And the possibility to chat in real time and a good organization and planification and the priority feature is my favorite
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Return on Investment
Apple
  • Before, I used other apps to remind and schedule events like Evernote, but ical has improved a lot and now I can bring all my schedule here, including those from other emails, since it allows me to synchronize my tasks.
  • it is easy to create meetings very quickly without paying licenses like in other applications
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Spike
  • However, the app is too tiny to accurately quantify its return on investment (ROI).
  • Multiple times, I've gotten to zero emails in my inbox.
  • It was easy to communicate without exchanging long texts.
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