Do you use Sunrise app?
I LOVE Sunrise! I use it on my iPhone in place of iCal. I wrote about my transition from iCal to Google Calendars and using Sunrise back in 2013.
The other morning I got some bad news about Sunrise. In 2015 Microsoft bought Sunrise. That’s not the bad news though.
The Sunrise team went to work for Microsoft to integrate Sunrise with Outlook. Now they couldn’t continue to work on and update Sunrise.
Sunrise announced that it would stop supporting the app on August 31 of this year. Since I’ve used Sunrise as my mobile calendaring app, that’s the bad news.
But this cloud does have a silver lining.
First I considered moving back to iCal from Google Calendar. And I still may do that. But that will be a large effort and take some time recreating my calendar items in iCal. Besides, I’m very happy with gCal. I like that the data is always available to me no matter which device I’m on or where I’m at. The only caveat being I need an internet connection to get real-time updating.
So instead, I searched for an alternative to Sunrise; something that would import my Google Calendars.
Off to the App Store
After entering ‘google calendar’ in the search field, many apps came up, including Google’s own app. Surprisingly, it only had a rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Well, that didn’t seem very auspicious.
So it was tempting to download Calendars just because I have such a good experience with another product by the same company.
But I didn’t like the interfaces for either TinyCal or Calendars.
Pretty as a Picture
However, I did like the user interface for Google Calendar. The demo video and screenshots were exactly what I’m looking for. Plus, Google Calendar has an appealing additional view besides the default ‘day’, ‘3 day’, and ‘week’ called ‘Schedule’.
So, what the heck. Just because it only has 2.5 star rating,doesn’t mean it’s a lousy app. Besides, it looks like what I’m already used to operating. I don’t want to learn new tricks. I just want to get a replacement for Sunrise.
Schedule View wins me over
First of all, I love the ‘schedule’ view. It’s dominated by graphics. If your event includes a location, Google Calendar will pull an image from that location and sets it as a background image for the event. Check out the cool image for our day trip to Cannon Beach above!
The ‘schedule’ view shows all the events in your day bumped together. If you have something at 10am and then nothing until 4pm, they are listed one after the other. Rather than the ‘day’ view which displays a list of hours. In this example, there is white space for the 11am, noon, 1, 2, and 3pm hours.
Using Google Calendar
It’s easy to switch back and forth between the views using the ‘hamburger’ style menu at top left of the screen.
At the top right of the screen is a mini calendar icon with the current date number inside. Tap that icon to take you back to today.
The current month is displayed at the top center of the screen with a tiny triangle just to the right of the month name. Tap the month brings down a full month view of numbers in calendar layout. Swipe left or right to go to next month of previous month.
In the ‘day’ view, swipe left or right changes the day forward and back.
Outlook, Google Calendar, iCal
It’s only been a few days since I made the switch from Sunrise to Google Calendar. I’m sold! I don’t miss anything about Sunrise. Well, Sunrise had these cool icons related to the type of event. But the geo-tagged background images in Google Calendar outshine those little icons. So, no, I don’t miss Sunrise at all.
Those of you who use Outlook will soon be seeing features of Sunrise integrated into – well, I’m guessing Outlook mobile app. But who knows, maybe those features will also be integrated into Outlook desktop.
If something happens that I don’t like Google Calendar – although I can’t imagine what – I can switch to Calendars by Readdle. It syncs with both Google Calendars and iCal.
I’ve been a Google Calendars user for about 5 years now. If I do ever go back to iCal, it’s good to know that Calendars by Readdle will work.
Not to mention that iCal itself comes installed on all iPhones. I like having options.
What about you?
What calendaring app are you using on your mobile devices? Are you happy with it? Looking for some options?
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