Can WAVE Take On The Sunrise Mantle? I Think It Can

in Mobile Cloud, Productivity

WAVE iconLast week I went into a state of mourning after it was announced that Sunrise calendar was being killed off as a stand alone service and was merging with Outlook.  I guess this was inevitable after Microsoft bought Sunrise and the general feeling is on some of the Internet news feeds I have read is that people will stick with their original email clients, i.e CloudMagic, and look for an alternative calendar rather than use Outlook. Which is exactly what I am doing but finding an alternative to Sunrise was not going to be such an easy task. Or so I thought.  Thanks to the magic of Google and searching for “best android calendars” I fell across a new app and service called WAVE. And it is looking  pretty good.

The important thing here is not to look at it from a Sunrise perspective,  but with fresh eyes as a new app in its own right.  Sniffing around the web I get the feeling that this is a new-ish app, maybe around a year old and in app terms is going from childhood to puberty en route to being a fully fledged, mature app service.

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No Web Version

Already one individual has commented one one of my social media feeds that there is no web version. No, but WAVE does sync perfectly with Google Calendar and from there you can integrate other services such as Todoist so that tasks appear in WAVE.  Whereas Sunrise offered limit views, WAVE offers every possibility known to man with Day, Three Days, Week, Week Agenda, Month, Month Agenda and List options.  Another plus point is that when you enter an event you have the opportunity to chose bespoke colours and icons as an alternative to the default colours from Google Calendar.

WAVE doesn’t support just Google Calendar but integrates with Outlook, Exchange and Facebook Calendar and birthdays.

On creating a new event you have the obvious title of the event with a choice of its own colour and icon, whether it’s an all day event, if not the timings, which calendar you want it to refer to, notifications and the option to attach files and insert notes. These last two functions were not in Sunrise and I feel these are seriously useful. For example, if you create an event you can link to all the relevant documents, photographs and other files relevant to that meeting.

Travel Times

Another really useful function is that you can include travel time in to your event, so if you know it is going to take 45 minutes to go by train it will build this into the event, telling you to leave 45 minutes before the meeting starts. Clever!

Like Sunrise, if you create a location in WAVE it builds in a link to Google Maps.  If you are creating an event next month and want to get back to today, there’s a small circle top right with today’s date; just tap that and you are back to the here and now.  And, if you don’t want to to use a third party task manager, WAVE has a built in module for that. If you have tasks activated on your Google Calendar it does sync with that module, too, and vice versa. It also has a weather link but I confess that I have my doubts about the accuracy of these services.  All small points but ones that point to an app that is growing in potential.

Accounts Sync Needed

While I started with the caveat that WAVE should not be directly compared to Sunrise, there are aspects from the latter that are missing. One issue is there is no syncing with third party services such as Evernote, Wunderlist, Eventbrite, etc. Having said that, if I were the developers and knew that Sunrise was being discontinued I would be making plans to incorporate this missing feature – and pronto.

Initial Verdict

WAVE is streets ahead of some of the more “conventional” calendar app offerings in terms of functionality and ease of use. It hasn’t got all the bells and whistles of Sunrise –yet – but I think we can see the app grow to fill the space. WAVE is available for IoS and Android and the two systems have slightly different functionality. One minor complaint is that the FAQ is too generic and mentions settings that I could not find in Android and which I assume is for IoS; more clarification is needed here.

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