10
Nov
sol calendar

Since the ye olde days of wired-syncing on Blackberry, I've loved calendar apps. It's the app I use most on my phone, and so I'm always curious to try out new ones. SolCalendar looks especially lovely, so I gave it a trial run.

Setup

Setup was a breeze. It has on-screen instructions and immediately synced with my Google calendar without me having to log in or anything. Interestingly enough, it found a calendar to sync that I don't actually have (Nike Calendar?), but whatever. All my real calendars in Google showed up too.

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When opening the calendar, the default view is the monthly display. But you have the option of Day or Agenda, as well. What is sorely lacking is a weekly format. That's my favorite view in the stock Android calendar, but if you don't use weekly, then you'll be fine with these options.

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How Is It Different?

The two areas that make this calendar app different from others in the category are the widgets and the stickers. Yes, I said stickers. Stay with me. There are 10 different widgets (notice the misspelling- that may drive you nuts). When you select a widget, you have four themes to choose from, as well as a level of transparency for the widget.

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The widgets are fun, and you can choose cute or simply elegant. But the stickers are definitely all cute. When you create an event, you can choose to add a sticker. There are many to choose from. So, the 3rd grader in you will have a ball. If you don't remember the 3rd grader in you, then skip it.

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Other Features

There are a few other handy functions that the stock Android calendar doesn't have. In the month view, you can click on a day and the day opens up right below it, without opening up another screen. Then you can long press on an event and a little pop up opens for you to take action immediately, rather than waiting to open the event. It reminds me of Floating Toucher or Pen Window on the Note 3. If you decide to open the event, you can choose to share it from there, if you desire. I don't make a habit of sending people events on my calendar, but maybe you do. The final feature to mention is the weather. You can see the weather in several places. It shows on some of the widgets and on the main calendar, when you choose to switch from day to month or agenda, it sits right there on the screen. SolCalendar mentions this as a big feature on their Google Play page, but frankly, most people already use one of the millions of weather apps on their home screen, so I'm not sure it's a huge selling point. But, it sure looks lovely.

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Conclusion

If you like a lot of colors, particularly pastel colors and playful stickers, then what are you waiting for? Download it now. It will be catnip to you. I love pretty colors, but honestly, I go for more bold colors, like the primary colors in the stock Android calendar. But there are some pretty cool functions in this calendar too, so I'm going to continue exploring it.

Pamela Hill
Pam is a librarian by day, triathlete by night, and Android enthusiast 24/7. She's typically seen with at least two gadgets on her at a time, although that number can stretch to four or five some days.

  • Cerberus_tm

    Hmm is there no way to display the weather for each day of the coming week? That would be useful, seeing the weather next to your appointments.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      It syncs with google calendar so i don't see why it wouldn't sync weather

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Pamela Hill

      It shows it in a tiny icon for the week ahead and only in the month format, so it's really too small to be useful.

      • Cerberus_tm

        Oh...so it only shows one icon for the entire week? That's not very useful, alas.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

          No, it shows an icon on each day of the upcoming week. Look above at the month view. You'll see a tiny little sun or cloud icon. So...not much. Also, when you change views, an icon and temperature will display. Again...it's not much.

          • Cerberus_tm

            Oh, I see it now. I guess it doesn't tell you much about a specific time of the day, but it is still helpful! Let's not organise a picnic the day after tomorrow, because it will probably be raining.

  • hyperbolic

    I just want to say that I really like DIgiCal. :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Pamela Hill

      You know, I like it too. The only thing that stopped me from using it is that the colors were very muted. I like the bold colors in stock. Otherwise, DigiCal is awesome.

      • hyperbolic

        FYI you can change theme color to Dark.
        Preferences -> Digital theme

        • ska

          yeah, but that's the only color "customization" now.. i would like to have possibility to create own color themes .. then it would be awesome ;]

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

          Yeah, not a fan of the dark.

    • xnadax

      Me too, although it's still missing some features, so I'm not ready to switch from Business Calendar just yet.

    • xnifex

      For those that haven't used it, what sets DigiCal apart from the stock Google Calendar?

      • hyperbolic

        When you tap on a specific day (in month view) it gives you a list of your events in the same window. unlike Google calender when you need to go into a different window to watch your events.

  • James Deng

    this app looks confused... looks like a random mash up of WP, iOS and Android design patterns

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    • Tech Guru

      trying using it. its great. Ive been using it for several months now because the calendar on the One is pure garbage.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    What an ugly piece of software.
    Unless you're a Japanese schoolgirl who also wants Emojis in her messenger apps, I don't think this would appeal to anyone.

    • hyperbolic

      OMG I'm a Japanese schoolgirl !!

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        That's OK, don't worry.

    • Joris Griffioen

      You don't *have to* use those. They are pretty out of the way really. I just wished they'd use Android style icons in the ui and less rounded corners on the widgets.

      Otherwise, it's pretty nice. There are a LOT of way uglier calendar apps.

  • Welfi

    It reminds me a lot of the samsung s planer (I know you guys all hate touchwiz and all that's related to it but I really like the s planer cal. app); it also features weather in the monthly view (from accu weather), those stickers (for the little corean girl ;-) ); if you touch on a day there comes a little pop-up window with the events of the day (even more usful with air view); it features all the calendars from google, samsung, yahoo, hotmail, etc.; you have daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and agenda view and includes tasks; you can attach notes and pictures to events; last but not least a search function. It's just a little less costomisable. But go on hating about touchwiz without seeing it's up points ;-)

    • cja

      Got my wife a Nexus 5 to replace her Galaxy S2. She loved the Touchwiz month widget (and the SMS app with its swipe left and right) and it's proving difficult to find good replacements.

  • Jerome Maily

    It's actually pretty good and the design can be.... toned down

  • Samvith V Rao

    New writer at Android Police?

    • xnifex

      Ron's... i don't want to say replacement, can never replace that guy... so yeah, new person!

  • Alwyn Fu

    Am I the only one here that likes the wallpaper in the screenshots? Link please!

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