The Best Calendar App – Sunrise

There is a new calendar app that has been making its rounds across the internet, Sunrise, for your desktop and iOS/Android devices. It has a clean and intuitive interface, drawing from both iOS’s flat design and Google’s highly anticipated Material Design.


There are just two views in the app that I classify as vertical and horizontal. In the vertical view, below your standard top menu bar is a small zone displaying two weeks of clickable dates. Below this zone is a vertically scrolling list of all events. In the bottom left corner is a neat, floating red circle with a white arrow, that rotates to point to the direction of the current time/event. Clicking this jumps you back to “now.”

The horizontal view, accessible via a leftwards swipe, is similar to a standard multi-day calendar view that you may be used to from iCal, Google Calendar, or probably any other calendar tool. Scrolling vertically shows you different times, while scrolling horizontally shows you different days. Just like the vertical view, if you navigate away from “now,” theres that neat red circle on the bottom left to tap to bring you right back to “now.”

Due to it’s simplified design, I have felt less overwhelmed when viewing my calendars than when I used other calendar apps. Because of the tasteful lack of color in the interface, except for red/orange (I’m colorblind), white and a hint of blue, the app does a great job of differentiating between different calendars in one view. In terms of functionality, it’s a calendar app that works, well. It currently lacks search but that has not been a deal breaker for me, and I hear the dedicated team is working on implementing this feature in the near future.

Check these links for more info on Sunrise: The Verge, CNET

Use Sunrise on your computer, Android, or iOS device.

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