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Pro Great interface
The interface is easy to use. The app's main view combines an agenda view with a two week view above it. This lets you keep an eye on your high level schedule over the next few weeks while also seeing the highest priority upcoming events. The two week view can be expanded into a month view by swiping down on it. Swiping to the right from the main view gives access to a 3-day view that's split into hours.
Agenda view includes various informative details such as information about upcoming weather conditions, a countdown for upcoming events and contextual icons, such as "meeting", "movie", "food", "flight" to events to help get a quick overview of what's planned at a glance.
It also looks good with a monochrome base design that's accented with colored icons, titles and profile pictures.
Pro Integrates with many third-party apps
Sunrise will automatically pull important information such as Facebook events, Asana tasks and Evernote reminders and add them to the calendar. Currently Sunrise integrates with Facebook, TripIt, Asana, Producteev, Evernote, GitHub, LinkedIn, Songkick, Foursquare, Twitter, and there are new integrations added on a regular basis.
Pro Allows easily creating events using natural language input
The application allows natural language input for events. For example, typing in "Lunch with Stuart Kearney at 2pm" will set the appointment and even send and invite to Stuart if needed.
Pro Google Maps integration
Sunrise integrates with Google Maps to display the location of an event, making it easy to find where to go for any appointment.
Pro Gives weather updates
Sunrise will show inline weather updates for current and next day.
Pro Widget support
Sunrise Calendar includes a widget for use on Android devices that displays the agenda view and allows adding events. Widget's agenda view also includes details such as context-aware icons and location information.
Pro Pulls information about people with which meeting have been scheduled
The app will show information about people with which meeting have been scheduled. The information is pulled from social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
Pro Can send event invites from within the app
Sunrise makes it very easy to send invites to events from within the app by using the contact list on the device.
Pro Adjusts timezone based on location
Sunrise will display the event information and notifications in users current timezone.
Pro Includes calendars for holidays, sports, TV shows and more
As part of "Interesting Calendars" Sunrise includes over 25,000 calendars covering things like name days, holidays, sport teams (with score updating in real time), and TV shows.
Pro Helps quickly schedule one-to-one meetings
Sunrise includes a feature called "Meet" that's designed to help two parties that wish to schedule a meeting to find a time that works for them both. Sunrise user can select available times for a meeting and then send a URL to the other party that will allow the other party to select one of the available times.
Con Missing search in Android version
Sunrise lacks search in Android version making it very hard to use.
Con Discontinued soon
Sunrise will be discontinued in August 2016
Con Widget is not customisable
There is no way to change the layout etc of the widget for Sunrise. Some other calendar apps offer a lot more control over what data is shown in their widgets.
Con It requests extra permissions
Requests access to everything not just the calendar.
Con Likely no longer in development
Shortly after Microsoft’s appquisition of Sunrise, development stopped. The future of the service itself is uncertain.
Con Can't quickly distinguish between multiple calendars
Dev dictates that everyone's calendars should look the same and to this day refuses to provide an option to color code individual calendars.