Since I use Google Calendar as an extension to my practice management software, I need an Android calendar app that can synchronize back into the Google framework. Google Calendar isn’t complex, and doesn’t require or use a lot of fancy extras. Google Calendar gives me the information I need, reminds me of important appointments, and syncs back to the office for others to view and use.
The app boasts an ability to help “organize cases you take up and track their hearings.” The apps interface isn’t complex, and actually provides a great ability to maximize case information.
I’m not such a big fan of the gray, white, black, and blue coloring, but that’s a minor preference issue.
One of Dike’s features I love is the ability to get a quick snapshot of the information and case file, as well as upcoming hearing notes. This snapshot view is a feature that I wish Google Calendar had, and enables you to gather a lot of information in a short period of time.
Overall, Dike Calendar for Lawyers is easy-to-use and can provide you with a lot of information to aid in prosecuting or defending your cases.
However, Dike lacks the ability to sync with Google Calendar, and doesn’t appear able to transfer calendar information via sync to any practice management programs. Therefore, in order to get the information into Dike, you must enter the details yourself. This means double data entry or working with two calendars. No thanks!
Also, because I’m notoriously bad about backing up my device (I know, I’m on my soapbox all the time), and I usually end up wiping important data prematurely, I’m really scared about solely depending upon my Android device. In this case, I can’t find any evidence that Dike has a backup system, so it’ll be your responsibility to protect very, very, very important dates from an innocent data wipe. Not my cup of tea, either.
Finally, if you rely on others to assist you, they’re also going to need regular access to your smartphone or tablet to view the information. Again, I couldn’t find any reasonable (yes, you can “cord transfer” or beam data, hopefully) method of getting information from one device to another. Obviously, this brings up another issue: which device to use.
Dike is spot-on brilliant if you’re not chained to any particular calendaring system, don’t mind a single-device setup, and are quite good with saving data. But, Dike’s lack of any robust integration ultimately means that lawyers won’t have any use for this app. Now, if the developer can design this app in such a way as to enable integration with Google, this might be my new Android calendaring software.
I give Dike Calendar 4 Lawyers 2 of 5 stars. Good design, but ultimately lacks usefulness.