Google Sync VS SaiSuke Epic Showdown

It’s no secret that we here at iPhoneinCanada love Google. We love them a lot. And they love the iPhone. Well, today I’m mad at them… no wait, not mad, just disappointed. Let me elaborate.

About a week ago I suddenly became very concerned with having my Google Calendar properly synced with my iPhone. I do not use Outlook or iCal – so I had to look into the dark and scary world of iTunes Apps to get this accomplished. However, like a beacon of pure light out from the darkness shone SaiSuke (iTunes link). I immediately downloaded it and tested it’s functionality – amazing. I was so impressed that I decided that I would write a full-on review and recommend it to our loyal readers.

Then Monday, as if Google had machinations to foil me, they announced Google Sync for WM Smartphones – and more importantly, the iPhone. Effectively rendering my beloved SaiSuke obsolete.

Or Did It?

Lets run it down, feature by feature. Please keep in mind that I’m going to be talking here specifically about Google Sync as it’s used with Calendars, not contacts. So, whatever the total at the end, Google Sync will get +1 for “Also Syncing Google Contacts”, if you like.

How It Looks
Well, as you can imagine the Google Sync Calendar looks like your iPhone Calendar, nothing new or interesting here. View modes are List, Day or Month. Your ‘events’ show up on each date of the month as a dot – no further info, unless you look below, or click on that particular date.

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SaiSuke on the other hand shows you the first few characters of your event – and color codes your calendars to your liking (more on that in a little while). In addition, SaiSuke offers not only List, Day or Month views, but also Week and Year view (however Year View is really just a way to quickly skip to any month). I particularly like that they provide you with the full Start/Stop time of each event so you can really see if you’re “free for lunch” on each day.

Adding/Editing Events
You’ve got things to do, right, that’s why it’s so important that you have your Google Calendar at your fingertips. Adding events is simple and straightforward with the Calendar iPhone App. You can enter Title, Location, Start/Stop Time, Repeat (every day, week, 2 weeks, month or year), Alert, and Notes.

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SaiSuke Calendar gives you more options. Title: a text field or use presets like “Meeting”, plus it remembers your past manually entered titles like “Movies with Shazza”. Location: again with presets like “Hotel”, or just scroll to the address you have previously entered for one of your events – it’s saved! Calendar: choose which Calendar to add this too (more on this in a minute). Memo: this is your Notes. Notification: this is your Alert. Visibility: just like on Google Calendar proper you can choose your settings, Public, Private (Busy), Confidential (Invisible). Status: Confirmed or Tentative. There are also two grayed-out fields for future updates “Repeat” and “Color”

Syncing
So adding your appointments on the go is pretty important, but how about making sure they get updated to your online calendar promptly? Honestly – for the life of me – I could not figure out how or when Google Sync actually Sync’d. There is no ‘Sync’ button so I can only assume that it does this upon start-up of the Calendar. It functioned smoothly and updated quicker than SaiSuke. However, on SaiSuke I could choose when I Sync’d, via the ‘Sync’ button or let it do it automatically.

Extra Features
There are a few bits that are worth noting that SaiSuke has that the iPhone Calendar is lacking. First – there’s a ‘Search’ button so if you want to quickly find something, it’s easy. Ever had one of those “Oh man, when’s Joe’s Birthday?!” moments, yah me too. Remember earlier when I told you about SaiSuke saving your Titles and Locations, well if that creeps you out, you can always delete them in the Function screen, in here you can also choose your time zone and choose which Calendars are on/off.

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Which brings us to our drum-roll like finish. The #1 reason why I am in love with SaiSuke even though Google now has Sync – - – Unlimited Calendars. That’s right, you can update, edit, and sync with any, and all, calendars you have or are subscribed to (obviously Read-Only’s are still Read-Only). True, Google Sync lets you sync up to 5. But not actually the case for Google Apps accounts.

I’m a multiple Calendar girl, in fact until my recent tidy – up I had over 10 Calendars I was either subscribed to or had created. SaiSuke keeps your calendars color-coded for easy viewing and it’s a feature that I wouldn’t be able to live without.

Please do keep in mind, that as I said at the start of the article I spent part of last week and most of the weekend growing ever-more impressed with SaiSuke, and Google Sync has only been out for 24 hours, and is still in Beta. However, with that said, until they release a better/more functional version of the iPhone Calendar I can’t see me switching just yet, and in the meantime highly recommend SaiSuke.

To try out SaiSuke, first check out SaiSuke FREE version on iTunes. It’s limited to one-way Sync (from Google to your iPhone), but it’s a handy way to see how everything works. The full program costs $9.99 and is well worth it.

But, of course, I’ll be giving away one SaiSuke Promo Code so you can download this App for Free on the US iTunes Store (US iTunes Account Required). Same routine as always – comment here to let me know you want the App – and/or follow me and send me a tweet on Twitter (@ChantelleJoytwt)

If anyone else has had a chance to try out the Google Sync for iPhone and wants to leave a comment about the ease/difficulty of Syncing your Google Contacts, please feel free. It would round-out this article nicely.

  • http://haggaret.com/ Kevin Haggerty

    Good post. Couple of things you left out – does it work with Google Apps accounts? I believe you said it does when I asked you on Twitter.

    As for Google Sync – it will sync a max of 5 calendars, but I can only figure out how to get it to sync ONE calendar for my Apps account – the site for selecting multiple calendars cannot be accessed with Google Apps account credentials.

    P.S. It’s ‘colour’ not ‘color’ ;)

  • http://haggaret.com Kevin Haggerty

    Good post. Couple of things you left out – does it work with Google Apps accounts? I believe you said it does when I asked you on Twitter.

    As for Google Sync – it will sync a max of 5 calendars, but I can only figure out how to get it to sync ONE calendar for my Apps account – the site for selecting multiple calendars cannot be accessed with Google Apps account credentials.

    P.S. It’s ‘colour’ not ‘color’ ;)

  • ChantelleJoy

    Oh – good to know about Calendar Syncing more than one Google Calendar (but the entire UI is sub-par anyways, still). I just updated the review to reflect that info, Thanks!

    I just specifically checked for, specifically, Multiple Calendars on Apps Accounts and the result is: Phenomenal Success! Works just the same with Apps Accounts as Regular ones.

    PS: haha, very HumoUrous

  • ChantelleJoy

    Oh – good to know about Calendar Syncing more than one Google Calendar (but the entire UI is sub-par anyways, still). I just updated the review to reflect that info, Thanks!

    I just specifically checked for, specifically, Multiple Calendars on Apps Accounts and the result is: Phenomenal Success! Works just the same with Apps Accounts as Regular ones.

    PS: haha, very HumoUrous

  • http://haggaret.com/ Kevin Haggerty

    I guess I’ll have to take your word for it that it works with Google Apps accounts, because the free version doesn’t seem to work at all. :(

  • http://haggaret.com Kevin Haggerty

    I guess I’ll have to take your word for it that it works with Google Apps accounts, because the free version doesn’t seem to work at all. :(

  • ChantelleJoy

    >:( Bummer. I know it works – I used it for a few days before I go the full version. I hope you get it sorted.

  • ChantelleJoy

    >:( Bummer. I know it works – I used it for a few days before I go the full version. I hope you get it sorted.

  • http://haggaret.com/ Kevin Haggerty

    I’ll seriously have to think about whether I want to drop $10 on this app after trying the free version. Sync didn’t work, and when I attempted to add an appointment, the app crashed. Still, if the full version works as well as Chantelle mentions above, probably worth it.

  • http://haggaret.com Kevin Haggerty

    I’ll seriously have to think about whether I want to drop $10 on this app after trying the free version. Sync didn’t work, and when I attempted to add an appointment, the app crashed. Still, if the full version works as well as Chantelle mentions above, probably worth it.

  • Guest

    Great post, thanks!

  • Dusty

    Great post, thanks!

  • SSK13

    I would definitely like to try this app!

  • SSK13

    I would definitely like to try this app!

  • Rick

    I would love to have SaiSuke – my work uses Google Calendars because we all have home offices and are on the run a lot. This would be really really useful for me, so please add me to the draw!!!

  • Rick

    I would love to have SaiSuke – my work uses Google Calendars because we all have home offices and are on the run a lot. This would be really really useful for me, so please add me to the draw!!!

  • zombieskin

    I bought SaiSuke in the end of my quest to easily know when Family Day was on a calendar on the iPhone, when my wife asked me earlier that day… it was one of those obsessive moments, which I refused to use the web browser for. :) I did buy it only on Saturday, but fell in love immediately. The different views are outstanding, and the search feature is a godsend.

    Works great with Apps accounts (the paid version of SaiSuke, that is, never tried the free one), has all my calendars – 4 of mine, 6 subscribed – listed in there. It’s a Home Screen app, for sure. :)

  • zombieskin

    I bought SaiSuke in the end of my quest to easily know when Family Day was on a calendar on the iPhone, when my wife asked me earlier that day… it was one of those obsessive moments, which I refused to use the web browser for. :) I did buy it only on Saturday, but fell in love immediately. The different views are outstanding, and the search feature is a godsend.

    Works great with Apps accounts (the paid version of SaiSuke, that is, never tried the free one), has all my calendars – 4 of mine, 6 subscribed – listed in there. It’s a Home Screen app, for sure. :)

  • http://www.sharepointbuzz.com/ Kanwal Khipple

    would love to use saisuke … google calendar does not support all my calendars (8 of them) – one for each client of mine

  • http://www.sharepointbuzz.com Kanwal Khipple

    would love to use saisuke … google calendar does not support all my calendars (8 of them) – one for each client of mine

  • emd

    Nueva Sync is free. (http://nuevasync.com/)

  • emd

    Nueva Sync is free. (http://nuevasync.com/)

  • Bruce

    DON’T add me to the draw for SaiSuke — because I already bought it last week after trying the free version for a few days. :-)

    I’m very happy with SaiSuke, though I will still try Google Sync with the built-in Calendar once the early bugs are shaken out.

    Will the two co-exist? Does SaiSuke occupy the ActiveSync conduit?

  • Bruce

    DON’T add me to the draw for SaiSuke — because I already bought it last week after trying the free version for a few days. :-)

    I’m very happy with SaiSuke, though I will still try Google Sync with the built-in Calendar once the early bugs are shaken out.

    Will the two co-exist? Does SaiSuke occupy the ActiveSync conduit?

  • http://www.somethinginteractive.com/ Mike

    I second EMD’s post on NuevaSync!!

    I have been syncing my calendar with google for the past 5 months now using NuevaSync .. it’s free and it syncs both the calendar and contacts flawlessly.

    Syncing with Outlook:
    I use the google outlook calendar sync to sync my outlook with google.

    Syncing with iCal:
    After NuevaSync is setup and syncing with my iPhone, I then have the calendar synced with iTunes to update my iCal calendar. Do not get iTunes to sync with your google calendar directly (it may cause problems), just let the sync of the iPhone with iCal do the update.

    Caveats:
    If you have a lot of appts in Google Calendar already set up: at the beginning of syncing google with your iPhone using NuevaSync, it may take a couple of hours for the NuevaSync server to sync them between both the iPhone and the Google Calendar. BUT good news! – any new appts made then on, in either iPhone or Google Calendar, end up syncing immediately on the spot when they are created.

    I love NuevaSync for this.

  • http://www.somethinginteractive.com Mike

    I second EMD’s post on NuevaSync!!

    I have been syncing my calendar with google for the past 5 months now using NuevaSync .. it’s free and it syncs both the calendar and contacts flawlessly.

    Syncing with Outlook:
    I use the google outlook calendar sync to sync my outlook with google.

    Syncing with iCal:
    After NuevaSync is setup and syncing with my iPhone, I then have the calendar synced with iTunes to update my iCal calendar. Do not get iTunes to sync with your google calendar directly (it may cause problems), just let the sync of the iPhone with iCal do the update.

    Caveats:
    If you have a lot of appts in Google Calendar already set up: at the beginning of syncing google with your iPhone using NuevaSync, it may take a couple of hours for the NuevaSync server to sync them between both the iPhone and the Google Calendar. BUT good news! – any new appts made then on, in either iPhone or Google Calendar, end up syncing immediately on the spot when they are created.

    I love NuevaSync for this.

  • http://haggaret.com/ Kevin Haggerty

    Can you get different colour calendars with NuevaSync? I tried it out and all my calendars showed up as the same colour – yellow! :( Granted I didn’t look into it to see if I could change it at the time. Then Google Sync showed up and now this SaiSuke app…

  • http://haggaret.com Kevin Haggerty

    Can you get different colour calendars with NuevaSync? I tried it out and all my calendars showed up as the same colour – yellow! :( Granted I didn’t look into it to see if I could change it at the time. Then Google Sync showed up and now this SaiSuke app…

  • dashparr

    Cool post. I just got SaiSuke just now. It says you can sync iCal with Google Calendar then sync Google Calendar with SaiSuke. Going to test it out now. On the SaiSuke website it says you cannot set reminders. That’s the main thing I use Calendar for on the iPhone. I always forget appointments unless they are reminded. Their answer is to turn on google sms notification.. We’ll see.

  • dashparr

    Cool post. I just got SaiSuke just now. It says you can sync iCal with Google Calendar then sync Google Calendar with SaiSuke. Going to test it out now. On the SaiSuke website it says you cannot set reminders. That’s the main thing I use Calendar for on the iPhone. I always forget appointments unless they are reminded. Their answer is to turn on google sms notification.. We’ll see.

  • http://www.somethinginteractive.com/ Mike

    @Kevin:
    Well the NuevaSync site shows coloured appts.
    I’m not flaming one person’s way of organizing their life, but I don’t keep multiple calendars, I just have my massive list of appts., tagged in colour, in one consolidated calendar, versus having to manage multiple calendars for separate things. The organization process and steps involved seem to be the same; six of one, half dozen of the other.
    NuevaSync also maintains reminders, which I use as well!

  • http://www.somethinginteractive.com Mike

    @Kevin:
    Well the NuevaSync site shows coloured appts.
    I’m not flaming one person’s way of organizing their life, but I don’t keep multiple calendars, I just have my massive list of appts., tagged in colour, in one consolidated calendar, versus having to manage multiple calendars for separate things. The organization process and steps involved seem to be the same; six of one, half dozen of the other.
    NuevaSync also maintains reminders, which I use as well!

  • http://haggaret.com/ Kevin Haggerty

    Fair enough Mike – thanks. Main reason I use multiple calendars is so I can filter easily based on different criteria. That and my wife and I have separate calendars and I need to be able to see hers. :)

  • http://haggaret.com Kevin Haggerty

    Fair enough Mike – thanks. Main reason I use multiple calendars is so I can filter easily based on different criteria. That and my wife and I have separate calendars and I need to be able to see hers. :)

  • http://haggaret.com/ Kevin Haggerty

    NuevaSync does seem to work like a champ. I’ve got different coloured calendars now, but I wish I could have them match the colours used on my google calendars. Perhaps more investigation is needed.

  • http://haggaret.com Kevin Haggerty

    NuevaSync does seem to work like a champ. I’ve got different coloured calendars now, but I wish I could have them match the colours used on my google calendars. Perhaps more investigation is needed.

  • Stef

    Well, that was a really nice review. I have tested SaiSuke Lite for the last coupe of weeks and found it quite interesting… I am sure the full version is much better and would appeal to me much more. The Google Sync beta is a good start (it was actually about time they released this). Unfortunately for Goolgle, they are a little late in the run right now. They are currently surpassed by Nuevasync in terms of functionality due to the simple fact that they support up to 8 calendars instead of 5. On top of that, Nuevasync also supports contacts sync via Plaxo. Some people might not be too happy to have to add yet another variable to the equation, but that has its advantages…

    For people who need to sync with a desktop calendar application or even sync with another online service, Plaxo can do so and for free. Not only that, for people like me running on multiple environments (namely Windows at work and Mac OS X at home), Plaxo becomes a God sent gift. This setup is extremely solid and useful. If needed, I would gladly write a little article explaining how to achieve full sync in those multiple environments setup.

    I guess that’s it for me… for now… Let’s see if Chantelle will convince me of SaiSuke superiority with the winning of the license… ;)

  • Stef

    Well, that was a really nice review. I have tested SaiSuke Lite for the last coupe of weeks and found it quite interesting… I am sure the full version is much better and would appeal to me much more. The Google Sync beta is a good start (it was actually about time they released this). Unfortunately for Goolgle, they are a little late in the run right now. They are currently surpassed by Nuevasync in terms of functionality due to the simple fact that they support up to 8 calendars instead of 5. On top of that, Nuevasync also supports contacts sync via Plaxo. Some people might not be too happy to have to add yet another variable to the equation, but that has its advantages…

    For people who need to sync with a desktop calendar application or even sync with another online service, Plaxo can do so and for free. Not only that, for people like me running on multiple environments (namely Windows at work and Mac OS X at home), Plaxo becomes a God sent gift. This setup is extremely solid and useful. If needed, I would gladly write a little article explaining how to achieve full sync in those multiple environments setup.

    I guess that’s it for me… for now… Let’s see if Chantelle will convince me of SaiSuke superiority with the winning of the license… ;)

  • ChantelleJoy

    Mike – thanks for the info about NuevaSync – I’m certainly no expert on Calendar Sync Apps, and am willing to try any and all to find the perfect one! And certainly a fully function Free App certainly has more appeal over a paid one.

  • ChantelleJoy

    Mike – thanks for the info about NuevaSync – I’m certainly no expert on Calendar Sync Apps, and am willing to try any and all to find the perfect one! And certainly a fully function Free App certainly has more appeal over a paid one.

  • ChantelleJoy

    Stef – thanks for your insight on Plaxo! Thanks for adding to the info available, and certainly worth checking out! Like I said to Mike – if someone can find something that works for them and is free – then that’s definitely more appealing!

  • ChantelleJoy

    Stef – thanks for your insight on Plaxo! Thanks for adding to the info available, and certainly worth checking out! Like I said to Mike – if someone can find something that works for them and is free – then that’s definitely more appealing!

  • Stef

    Chantelle – I wouldn’t say I’m all about free… actually, I paid the Premium membership for Plaxo which is a nice $50/year. I need to extra quick support and duplicate removal engine to be more efficient at work. I am debating whether SaiSuke would work good for me or not… Google is my sync hub to link all my calendars and Plaxo acts as the sync mechanism. I haven’t tried Google Contact sync yet to compare it with Plaxo… I might try it and offer a quick review here on the website… Talk to you back on Twitter! ;)

  • Stef

    Chantelle – I wouldn’t say I’m all about free… actually, I paid the Premium membership for Plaxo which is a nice $50/year. I need to extra quick support and duplicate removal engine to be more efficient at work. I am debating whether SaiSuke would work good for me or not… Google is my sync hub to link all my calendars and Plaxo acts as the sync mechanism. I haven’t tried Google Contact sync yet to compare it with Plaxo… I might try it and offer a quick review here on the website… Talk to you back on Twitter! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Definitely want this app… I abuse the google calendar and goocal sync just doesn’t cut it.

  • http://www.360Sync.com DjDATZ

    Definitely want this app… I abuse the google calendar and goocal sync just doesn’t cut it.

  • http://www.cellphonebestbuy.com/ Anna

    very good post with lots of useful information

  • http://www.cellphonebestbuy.com Anna

    very good post with lots of useful information

  • Brian Morton

    Just wanted to chime in a BIG positive vote for SaiSuke. I bought it for my wife, who needed a search function as she was moving from the Treo to the iPhone, and was deeply disappointed with iCal as a calendar.

    I’m a big fan of open-source and free apps and SaiSuke is the first app I’ve paid for. The $10 seems very cheap to me now that I find myself using it every day. And sometimes when my laptop will not log on to the net (in the back bedroom), I fire up SaiSuke because it is always on.

    SaiSuke == Highly Recommended

  • Brian Morton

    Just wanted to chime in a BIG positive vote for SaiSuke. I bought it for my wife, who needed a search function as she was moving from the Treo to the iPhone, and was deeply disappointed with iCal as a calendar.

    I’m a big fan of open-source and free apps and SaiSuke is the first app I’ve paid for. The $10 seems very cheap to me now that I find myself using it every day. And sometimes when my laptop will not log on to the net (in the back bedroom), I fire up SaiSuke because it is always on.

    SaiSuke == Highly Recommended

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  • Barnabas

    I would like to have this app. I've tried the free version but haven't had success with updating the calendar. When I add something on my google calendar, it doesn't show up on my iphone.

    B

  • danhadad

    Am I too late to ask for getting this app? I am trying to jump over from using Treo 650 (palm) calendar to now only using Google calendar on iphone– It would be especially good to be able to sync with my wife's calendar too. This app appears to fit the bill!

  • Iphoner

    Hi can i have the application?? Am very interesting to try the full version after trying the trial one. Thxs!

  • bluehealerdiary

    I didn't know about the existence of Google Sync, but tried the free version of Saisuke and am also in love with it. I was searching for information about why only 8 of my appointments sync, and it looks like with the free version you can only sync one week out. Would love the promo code if it's still available. In the meantime I'm planning to look for Google Sync, too. Great article! Very informative.

  • Geekgal

    I have SaiSuke and while the interface is heaps better, it won't sync properly with my Google calendar now and I can't even get my holidays to sync. On the whole – HEAPS disappointed in SaiSuke (and wasted AU$13.00 on it)

  • Naisha

    Totally agree, Saisuke is great for long time google calender users. Really love the interphase. My only problem with it is that the full version only syncs 6 months forward. For long term planners it's quite dissapointing

  • jpeters

    Naisha, you can set the sync period to anything you want in Calendar Update.

  • jpeters

    Naisha, you can set the sync period to anything you want in Calendar Update.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sdnjack Jack Marshall

    I would love to try it. May I have a code?