Make room on your home screen for Sunrise Calendar (it’s that good)

By , Feb 19, 2013

If the stock iOS Calendar app is too boring and you wish Fantastical, a nice iOS/OS X calendar alternative from Flexibits, had a raft of social features, don’t miss out on Sunrise Calendar, a free iPhone calendar alternative by Sunrise Atelier, Inc.

The program pulls your appointments from multiple Google Calendars and Facebook Events and retrieves your weather forecast. Frankly, I was wondering why there was no app to combine weather data with my appointments, so I could make changes to upcoming meetings in case my weather forecast takes a turn for the worse. The only downside: Sunrise Calendar is made with Google Calendar users in mind (for now)…

The software lets you tag locations to events via Google’s Location API and uses Google Maps for directions. It also supports time zones and multiple calendars that sync across devices in real-time.

Sunrise Calendar 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Sunrise Calendar 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

You can integrate Facebook Events and Birthdays into your calendar and connect to your LinkedIn account to put the face to a name.

And like Fantastical, Sunrise Calendar supports intelligent event creation. For example, long-pressing the “+” button brings up the Quick Add Event sheet where you can just type in “lunch tomorrow at 9pm” or something along those lines, as depicted below.

Sunrise Calendar 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Sunrise Calendar 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)

Martin Bryant in his quick review for The Next Web praises intelligent implementation of timezone support:

Calendar entries in Sunrise are far more useful than users of the default iOS calendar will be familiar with. Timezones are handled fluidly based on location.

So, if I’m currently in the UK and book a meeting at SXSW for 4pm at the Austin Convention Center on March 10th, it automatically knows that the meeting will be in the CDT timezone and schedules it accordingly, showing up as 9pm in my current timezone.

If you have the Google Maps app installed, you can get directions to the location of an appointment with a tap from the details screen or a swipe on the agenda display.

The small touches even include the appropriate icons for calendar entries, based on the appointment description. For example, an icon with two speech bubbles is used to denote meetings. Should the appointment description include the word “call”, Sunrise Calendar puts a phone icon for that entry.

Sunrise Calendar 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)

And if you have imported your Facebook Birthdays calendar, the app will even offer to post a greeting to a friend’s timeline on the day of his or her birthday.

Overall, Sunrise Calendar is a fresh, more social take on mobile calendars and while it won’t replace the stock iOS app (at least not until developers integrate iOS Calendar with Sunrise Calendar), you should check it out for its appealing and clean design and some innovative solutions.

And if you already trust Google with your appointments and reminders, Sunrise Calendar is a no-brainer as it’s quite possibly the most fluid implementation of Google Calendar on the iPhone.

I made room for it on my home screen, that says a lot…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markieze-Anthony-Mitchell/768663899 Markieze Anthony Mitchell

    I actually really really like this and cant wait to use it. It makes the stock app look like shit compared to this one.

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    No iCloud support= WORTHLESS

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=904408 Rich Weiss

    If only it incorporated iCloud so all my calendars can be in one place…

  • http://twitter.com/retace retace

    Can’t I use this App without having a Facebook account? If not, this is really useless for me…

    • CollegiateLad

      I don’t use Facebook or google services… I guess it’s not for me either.

    • JRaynor

      just because of this i think is crap already sorry but it does

    • pawfyd

      Yeah, this sucks. I’m currently searching for a good calendar app that works great with Google. I was excited to try this one out and then bam… log in with Facebook. Crap.

  • AWonton

    Hope it works with Exchange, if so then I’m looking at my new calendar app.

  • Muhammad

    Too bad I don’t use google calendar…

  • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

    xD
    don’t use gcal. iCloud is (in my experience) more reliable/faster.

  • MrShutEmDown

    Well it could be worse… they could have an “in app” download wait like Mailbox…

    • tward09

      Mailbox was worth the wait if you primarily use gmail, in my opinion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/colby.kirchner Colby Kirchner

        Agreed

    • iBanks

      Same with Tempo

  • Sinicure

    Only for Facebook users. How dumb is that!

  • http://twitter.com/jasondieter Jason Dieter

    Anyone know how to have future events show up in the notification center

    • queen_ir3ne

      Jailbreak. I think Apple defaults it at 1 day with no way to adjust it.

  • http://twitter.com/KenzoJD Kenzo

    Random but why do all App promotion videos have the same type of music. =/

    • Chuck Finley

      I like to call it “Generic Corporate Inoffensive”. Combined with that monotonous “everything is fine” voice it can really send you to slee…

      …shit! What was I talking about again?

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    Fantastical is still the easiest to use. Makes inserting appointments easy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.large.359 Steve Large

    Intuitive, well designed and easy to use. It’s on my homescreen now.

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

    For those of you not using Google Calendars (that would include me), well, I guess this app wasn’t made for you. This plus the Facebook login makes it a no-go in my book

  • http://twitter.com/darmartic Darko Martić

    This is my new default calendar app.
    …but sure, there’s room for update :)