Although this blog is still fairly new, the idea is to showcase a new product/service review each Monday. So, to kick-off this initiative - I would like to talk about Kono, a brand new iOS and Android app that promises to make scheduling simpler through intuitive design and features. Although I've only been using the application for about a week or so, I already am enjoying it a lot and am noticing some characteristics that definitely set it apart from competitors. So, what exactly makes Kono so different?
1. Ease of useWhile the app seamlessly integrates users and invitees Google accounts and their calendars, Kono goes one step further to prompt users with meeting categories. Is this a business event - select "Meeting", catching up with a close friend? Better go with "Hang out". No matter what use you have for Kono - the app does a great job of addressing it and making it available so that you can quickly continue on to the next step. Additionally, Kono checks the calendars of both you and your invitees to offer the best time to meet. Lastly, it always helps when these scheduling apps are available for both Android and iPhone users. With so many people switching phones frequently, Kono retains optimal exposure through ensuring it works as consistently as possible on whichever device you have.
2. LearningYou may be thinking - "So far, this sounds like any other old scheduling app" - and if this was all I had to say about Kono, you'd probably be right. I think one of Kono's strongest competitive advantages is its intelligent learning. Kono's big pitch is that its personalized for you: meaning it delivers information on restaurants you might want to meet at based on your past meeting history; it also offers information on quickest routes to meeting locations (no need to break out those Map apps anymore).
3. NotificationsSure, like many other scheduling applications, Kono provides you with notifications ahead of time before a scheduled meeting. But it also gives users the heads up when you should leave, if you are running late, and the options to notify other users with an estimated ETA. Overall, I am very impressed with Kono with only a short time using the application. Their focus on the user is obvious through the simplistic and user friendly interface they have developed. I encourage anyone looking for a scheduler replacement to give Kono a shot.