The popular ‘Sunrise’ calendar app received an update this week, finally bringing it onto the iPad. This update means that I finally downloaded the app and took it for a test drive, which isn’t something I normally do because Apple’s Calendar is something that does the job pretty well.
Sunrise is the closest app to toppling my current preference and becoming my primary scheduling tool, but it doesn’t sync with my employer’s Exchange server and that is something Apple has allowed for some time. In spite of that limitation, there are a number of things that Sunrise can do which are worth a look.
• 100% free calendar app with a gorgeous design.
• Compatible with Google Calendar and iCloud.
• A completely redesigned calendar experience for your iPhone.
• Synchronization that just works, in real-time and with background updates.
• Quick Add Event just by typing “Lunch tomorrow at 9pm” (long-press on the +).
• Timezone Support. No more headache when traveling!
• Facebook Events and Birthdays included.
• See faces and profiles of people you are meeting with using LinkedIn.
• Weather forecast based on your location.
• Smart icons.
• Tag location to events.
• Use Google Maps for Directions.
• Connect multiple Google Calendars.
The items from this list which I find the most useful include access to Google Maps, access to LinkedIn data, and time zone support. Over the holidays I was traveling across the United States and my calendar reminders came at all the wrong hours. I also love that the new Apple Calendar app can plan for travel but I really dislike Apple Maps, which isn’t switchable as a Calendar option for directions.
I suppose that if Exchange wasn’t so important to me, then I would certainly look at this app as a full replacement since it has a full feature set, links to both Google and iCloud calendars, and is totally free. Since it is free, I certainly recommend checking it out.