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Old August 27th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Surprise number one when I got my Android phone, Android does not have a built-in Calendar!

Surprise number two, Android market does not have a simple Calendar app.

How do I qualify simple? What am I looking for when I say simple Calendar app?

Requirements of a Simple Calendar App:

1. The Calendar needs to be an app and not widget. Pardon my Android ignorance, a widget runs continuously in the background and thus uses memory, OS cache whatsoever, and more importantly battery power. An app however runs only when I open the app, and stop running when I close the app. In the context of a Calendar, I only need to use the Calendar when I want to find out about a certain day so I don't need the Calendar to be running continuously in the background as a widget. Thus the Calendar needs to be an app and not a widget.

2. The Calendar needs to show dates in a single month and possibly 2 months on a page or all 12 months on a page. The day view is not needed, this is a Calendar, not a day timer, the week view is not needed, this is a calendar and not a week planner. The ability to set up appointments, reminders are all bonuses which are not needed for a *simple* calendar app.

3. The only permission the app can have is Modify/Delete USB storage for writing user notes on certain dates, where applicable. No other permission should be a given, particularly internet access. In fact, I don't have a data plan so I have no internet access. And if I have internet access, why do I need to install a Calendar app from the Android Market which takes up memory, storage cache, battery juice when I can simply just use Google Calendar? I'm looking for a Calendar app because I do not have internet access.

4. Where possible, the Calendar apps should have no ads. If not, a no Ads version for a dollar would be acceptable.

Is there such a Calendar app that meets the above 4 requirements?
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I don't move my car the reason, always consume gas.
The drain of battery is inevitable, but try put the widget one day, the next day look in the percents of program battery comsuptions, the percent of this widget, you see 0.001 is insignificant against the screen 99% consumption.
You can use the phone without widgets (unconfortable) and the 99% of the screen consumption stay the same, for this reason, use widgets, not animated widgets, only put few and simple, and the battery don be affected at all.

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Also, the simple calendar needs to have a simple clean interface.

This screenshot below is clean and simple. No cluttered information, fancy fonts, colors etc. The calendar tells me what is the date of the third Saturday in May 2011, what day is May 26, etc. That is what I want a Calendar to do.
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That looks like a widget. A calendar widget shouldn't use any more juice than a calendar app, if you don't sync either. I use "Business calendar" with "Smooth calendar" widget. This may be closer to what you want:
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Why move car when there is free transit? It is a waste of gas. Only move your car when there is no other free alternative.

The screenshot came from a widget from the following:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gau.go.launcherex.gowidget.calendar widget

I meant to illustrate the user interface which looks clean and simple. The only problem with this Calendar is a widget and likely has ads.

This is a thread about the requirements for a *simple* calendar app.

A simple calendar would tell me what date is the third Monday in September, what day is June 21 etc. These functions do not need timely information, don't need to be continuously updated. As such, there is no real reason for making it a widget.

As opposed to this an advanced Calendar with appointment reminder would likely need to be a widget because it needs to be running in the backkground to activate the vibrator to remind the person of an appointment.

No matter how it is put, a widget running continuously in the background will still use battery power, memory and storage disc cache. If I can minimize this resources, why not?

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Good to know a Calendar widget don't use any more juice than a calendar app.
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So you want an actual calendar that just shows what day of the week various dates are, similar to what a paper calendar would do if you didn't mark it up. Whereas most calendar apps are written as ways to keep track of appointments, critical days, and such. Android is all about being able to customize things so each user is happy, so you're certainly entitled to want this.

How about taking a screen shot of this page:

Year 2011 Calendar – United States

And put it up as wallpaper. You'd have to do it once a year, but that shouldn't be a great bother. Here's a screenshot you are welcome to use (you can probably do a better job of centering, getting the alignment right, etc. Or use an online picture editor to clean it up and just put in the calendar to make it more attractive.)

If you don't want it to be wallpaper (and leave one home screen clear to view it), you should be able to display it with a picture viewer widget on one page.



You can go to the same website and take shots of calendars one month at a time if you prefer. A bookmark of the page in the web browser would work and would avoid the need to update, though would mean accessing the internet each time you wanted to view it.
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I don't believe GO Calendar Widget has ads, but it is a much larger app than you need. But if it's what you want, why not use it. I have about 20 widgets on 6 screens which basically use no juice since they are not auto syncing. I lose 1% juice (at most) in 12 hours if I am in airplane mode. Now auto updating weather widgets, or messaging widgets, or news feed widgets, will use some juice. A calendar widget only updates once in 24 hours, if you lose 1 minute of juice a day because that widget was running I'd be surprised (as long as all auto-syncing to Google calendar was off).

But yeah, lots of calendars that you can use as wallpaper out there, but as soon as you turn on your screen to see what day it is, the battery will start draining.
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Why you use a smartphone?, there is free or more cheap alternatives for you, use common cellphone and paper agenda and your battery don't drain at all. If you buy a smartphone is for use , i have 8 widgets and my battery remains charged from 6 am to 22 pm, when is reaching the limit, plug and recharge for the next day, is not necesary have a blank desktop for not drain the battery, try one only widget and go to the battery use, and you see, the static widgets don't drain so much battery, and you see always in the desktop the calendar info, you drain more battery, executing and starting the calendar app to see the events several times in a day.

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Why move car when there is free transit? It is a waste of gas. Only move your car when there is no other free alternative.

The screenshot came from a widget from the following:
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gau.go.launcherex.gowidget.calendar widget

I meant to illustrate the user interface which looks clean and simple. The only problem with this Calendar is a widget and likely has ads.

This is a thread about the requirements for a *simple* calendar app.

A simple calendar would tell me what date is the third Monday in September, what day is June 21 etc. These functions do not need timely information, don't need to be continuously updated. As such, there is no real reason for making it a widget.

As opposed to this an advanced Calendar with appointment reminder would likely need to be a widget because it needs to be running in the backkground to activate the vibrator to remind the person of an appointment.

No matter how it is put, a widget running continuously in the background will still use battery power, memory and storage disc cache. If I can minimize this resources, why not?

Performance Considerations:
Designing for Performance | Android Developers

Good to know a Calendar widget don't use any more juice than a calendar app.
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You can go to the same website and take shots of calendars one month at a time if you prefer. A bookmark of the page in the web browser would work and would avoid the need to update, though would mean accessing the internet each time you wanted to view it.
Ha ha.. that's a cool idea. I'll check around for a simple calendar apps first. There may be rookie developers who want to put up a simple app before going to the advanced stuff.
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I don't believe GO Calendar Widget has ads, but it is a much larger app than you need. But if it's what you want, why not use it. I have about 20 widgets on 6 screens which basically use no juice since they are not auto syncing.....
Thanks for the info on Go Calendar Widget with no ads. I think I will go for Go Calendar. Also, thanks for the info on how 20 widgets on 6 screens don't use too much juice. I will give widget a try based on your experiences.

I have my Android 2.3 for less than a week and the battery go down to 50% after 22 hours with practically nothing on it and no activity other than some phone calls. "Nothing on it" because I am still researching on what apps to install etc etc.
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If you have some time to do some reading, this thread would be a good one to look over, just to make sure you're good to go

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I have my Android 2.3 for less than a week and the battery go down to 50% after 22 hours with practically nothing on it and no activity other than some phone calls. "Nothing on it" because I am still researching on what apps to install etc etc.
That's already excellent battery life for a smartphone in real world usage. A fully set up smartphone (taking advantage of autosync, pushmail and stuff like that) wont even last 20hrs. It doesnt matter if its Android or Nokia (not sure about Apple's battery life, but I'll doubt they'd last longer with my setup).

The only way you'd get better battery life is to not even buy a smartphone at all and stick to feature phones.
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Orange Diary Pro is a nice app. It has a simple calendar, a good task list facility and of course it's a diary with text, video or audio entries.

You can also enter notes with different tags or categories.

The calendar seems to be what I think the OP wants. The free version is limited to 16 notes but, if he only wants it for the diary, that shouldn't be a problem.

I have the Pro version. I can't remember the cost but, like most Android apps, its peanuts.
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I use Jorte and it is the best calendar app for Android devices (both smart phones and tablets). It sync perfectly with Google Calendar. And it is FREE.
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I don't believe GO Calendar Widget has ads, but it is a much larger app than you need.
Thought this is the most suitable Calendar widget that I could get from Android Market because it is free and has no ads, now I notice some reviews said some portions of the app has chinese in it. It would have been the right one if it is English only.
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So you want an actual calendar that just shows what day of the week various dates are, similar to what a paper calendar would do if you didn't mark it up.

How about taking a screen shot of this page:

Year 2011 Calendar – United States
In the absence of a simple ad-free calendar apps that needs no internet access permission in the Android Market, I found your idea appealing but I will take a different approach.

I found this wonderful calendar site that allows me to customize my own calendar and have it output in Word format. This can be easily converted to PDF and I will use Adobe Reader to view the calendar.

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Surprise number one when I got my Android phone, Android does not have a built-in Calendar!
Except you say that you have the Google Calendar (criterion #3 on your list). Why don't you just use that? As I read your list, that calendar largely does what you want.

The Google calendar is free with no ads.

It is fine with showing you the whole month at a time. You can also see a week or a day, but that's really only helpful if you're putting in your appointments.

It does want internet access to sync with the Google calendar in the cloud. But you can control that by not allowing your Google account to sync at all -- meaning you can't sync other things like contacts. Some of us find that useful, but if you don't, you don't ever need to sync.

You say you don't have a data plan, but you do have WiFi, and you can use that to sync when you want to sync. For example, you could set up a Google calendar on your desktop, select the holiday calendar, sync it once, and your phone calendar will have all your holidays for the year.

Are you someplace in the world where there are no free WiFi hotspots at all?
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To access Google Calendar, I need internet access. To have internet access, I need data plan and I don't have data plan. I think you understand all that.

Without internet access, there is absolutely no way to open Google Calendar. At home, it is not an issue, I can access internet by using wifi from my high speed internet. But then again, if I'm at home, I have a paper calendar handy so I don't need to open Google Calendar. Or I simply click the clock on my Windows's system tray to look at the calendar.

The problem is when I'm outside my house. Sure there plenty of Wifi hotspots in the mall, fast food restaurants or Starbucks. But what if you are in somewhere with no Wifi? Not all malls or restaurants have Wifi. The bus stop or downtown streets will not have Wifi. The stretch of road by the industrial area will not have Wifi. And some Wifi are password protected which takes up time to find out what the password is. Most of the time, I would need to find out about a certain date quickly is when the situation does not give me the luxury of time to look for paper calendar, find Wifi etc.
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Why you use a smartphone?, there is free or more cheap alternatives for you, use common cellphone and paper agenda and your battery don't drain at all. If you buy a smartphone is for use , i have 8 widgets and my battery remains charged from 6 am to 22 pm, when is reaching the limit, plug and recharge for the next day, is not necesary have a blank desktop for not drain the battery, try one only widget and go to the battery use, and you see, the static widgets don't drain so much battery, and you see always in the desktop the calendar info, you drain more battery, executing and starting the calendar app to see the events several times in a day.

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To access Google Calendar, I need internet access. To have internet access, I need data plan and I don't have data plan. I think you understand all that.

Without internet access, there is absolutely no way to open Google Calendar.
Sorry, I must be really stupid, because I don't get that at all.

To test, I turned off mobile data and WiFi. Then I opened the calendar on my phone. It opened just fine, and every appointment that was on the phone from the last sync was still there. I can add (or delete) appointments to the calendar on the phone. They just won't sync with the calendar in the cloud until I get internet access back.

So what I hear you saying is that you can't sync if you don't have WiFi, and I'd agree with that. But so what? The calendar on the phone works just fine and will sync whenever you get WiFi access. And especially if all you want is a paper calendar equivalent, how does this not work?
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After reading the entire thread I can conclude that the OP does not need a calendar app at all. Go get a paper calendar, take a picture of the 12 month views and put it in the gallery in an album labeled "calendar". All the OP's wants solved

1. Simple and only shows what day is what - solved
2. No ads - solved
3. Does not use juice when closed - solved


In all seriousness though, I didnt catch if the OP mentioned his phone?

1. Yes Android phones have an inbuilt calendar app, at least Samsung phones does (and I can imagine HTC, Sony and LG as well). Its called "calendar", and sits in the app drawer. You open it, and it shows a month view. There are tabs for week, day and agenda list view, but if you wont use it, why let it bother you? Just dont open them.

2. It doesnt need internet access. It can be used completely offline. Any calendar app can be used completely offline. Just go to Settings>Calendars>and uncheck everything except "My Calendar". My Calendar stands for the onboard calendar of the phone which doesnt sync to anything (except via Kies/HTC Sync/PC Companion/USB). It is a separate calendar from Google Calendar.

3. Google Calendar does not need internet access to be opened on your phone. If you have the data synced to your phone, it will always be there, even if the phone is in total offline mode, you can still see the data from Google Calendar there. The only thing different would be that you cant see the changes you made on the calendar on your phone on your online calendar, not until you connect your phone and sync it.
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Surprise number one when I got my Android phone, Android does not have a built-in Calendar!

Surprise number two, Android market does not have a simple Calendar app.

How do I qualify simple? What am I looking for when I say simple Calendar app?

Requirements of a Simple Calendar App:

1. The Calendar needs to be an app and not widget. Pardon my Android ignorance, a widget runs continuously in the background and thus uses memory, OS cache whatsoever, and more importantly battery power. An app however runs only when I open the app, and stop running when I close the app. In the context of a Calendar, I only need to use the Calendar when I want to find out about a certain day so I don't need the Calendar to be running continuously in the background as a widget. Thus the Calendar needs to be an app and not a widget.

2. The Calendar needs to show dates in a single month and possibly 2 months on a page or all 12 months on a page. The day view is not needed, this is a Calendar, not a day timer, the week view is not needed, this is a calendar and not a week planner. The ability to set up appointments, reminders are all bonuses which are not needed for a *simple* calendar app.

3. The only permission the app can have is Modify/Delete USB storage for writing user notes on certain dates, where applicable. No other permission should be a given, particularly internet access. In fact, I don't have a data plan so I have no internet access. And if I have internet access, why do I need to install a Calendar app from the Android Market which takes up memory, storage cache, battery juice when I can simply just use Google Calendar? I'm looking for a Calendar app because I do not have internet access.

4. Where possible, the Calendar apps should have no ads. If not, a no Ads version for a dollar would be acceptable.

Is there such a Calendar app that meets the above 4 requirements?

I think there is no application that meats these 4 requirements ;-(
If you need then give project to Android developers. ;-)
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OP has me confused. Didn't see phone model that OP is using either but both Android phones I have used now have come with a built in calendar that conforms to all OPs original guidelines and requires no internet connection ever. My previous phone was a Samsung and I am currently using HTC Desire. The calendar in the app drawer is exactly what the OP is looking for. Why do you even need to go to the market?

If your phone doesn't have a calendar app on it from the factory I am surprised. What type of phone do you have? Maybe we need to know that to help you because I have not seen an Android(Samsung and HTC models) that don't have a calendar from the factory.
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OK, you have the ability to take a screen shot as shown below. Take 12 screen shots (months of whatever calendar looks good to you). Install Multi-Picture Live wallpaper. Put a month on each different screen for static calendars, or put them all in a slideshow on one screen. That way you have a calendar built into your launcher, no ads, no internet required, any custom look you want!


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This screenshot below is clean and simple. No cluttered information, fancy fonts, colors etc. The calendar tells me what is the date of the third Saturday in May 2011, what day is May 26, etc. That is what I want a Calendar to do.

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Android does have a built in calendar, but depending on your device the manufacturer may have modified it.

Anyways, have a look at pure grid calendar widget. And widgets use very little in the way of resources, they can also be configurable.

https://market.android.com/details?id=org.koxx.pure_grid_calendar&hl=en

You can also customize the amount of info it displays. So you can clutter, or de-clutter as needed, and you can skin it as needed. Lots of different and nice skins for it. The dev is also very nice and responsive (and a member of these forums)

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To test, I turned off mobile data and WiFi. Then I opened the calendar on my phone. It opened just fine, and every appointment that was on the phone from the last sync was still there. I can add (or delete) appointments to the calendar on the phone. They just won't sync with the calendar in the cloud until I get internet access back.
I did try opening Google Calendar on my phone. It ask to create either a corporate account or Google account. By this, I guess the next time I open Google Calendar, I need to login, this means I need internet access to open Google Calendar (unless you are telling me there is no login, you get the Calendar right away).

I don't have Google account now, I guess by the time I am ready to download apps (I am still researching now), I need a Google account to access Android Market. Is this Google account the same as the Google account for Google Calendar?
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After reading the entire thread I can conclude that the OP does not need a calendar app at all.
This is where the term "Calendar" is abused in the digital world. Those Calendar apps with bells and whistles such as appointment, reminders, birthdays, notes etc should be known as Planners, Day Timers or Diaries.

In the real world, a Calendar has 12 pages for the 12 months and thats it. You want appointments, contacts, you buy Planners, Day Timers or Diaries and not a Calendar. So when I said Calendar, I strictly meant Calendar.

In computing, the best example of a calendar is the system tray clock in Windows 7, click that, you get the Calendar. I was looking for something as simple as that.

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1. Yes Android phones have an inbuilt calendar app, at least Samsung phones does (and I can imagine HTC, Sony and LG as well). Its called "calendar", and sits in the app drawer.
My phone is Samsung Nexus S, Android 2.3.4. I looked everywhere and I don't see this in-built Calendar. If it is available in the Samsung Nexus S, can you tell me where to find it?


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2. It doesnt need internet access. It can be used completely offline. Any calendar app can be used completely offline. Just go to Settings>Calendars>and uncheck everything except "My Calendar". My Calendar stands for the onboard calendar of the phone which doesnt sync to anything (except via Kies/HTC Sync/PC Companion/USB). It is a separate calendar from Google Calendar.
Where is this calendar you talked about? I went to Settings, I don't see a Calendar entry.

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3. Google Calendar does not need internet access to be opened on your phone.
I believe there is a login screen where the Google account is authenticated. As such I think internet access is required. Without internet access, will Google Calendar open right away without the login page?
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I think there is no application that meats these 4 requirements ;-(
If you need then give project to Android developers. ;-)

I did. Kind of. Indirectly.

A simple to use intuitive scheduler/calendar
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OP has me confused. Didn't see phone model that OP is using either but both Android phones I have used now have come with a built in calendar that conforms to all OPs original guidelines and requires no internet connection ever. My previous phone was a Samsung and I am currently using HTC Desire. The calendar in the app drawer is exactly what the OP is looking for. Why do you even need to go to the market?

If your phone doesn't have a calendar app on it from the factory I am surprised. What type of phone do you have? Maybe we need to know that to help you because I have not seen an Android(Samsung and HTC models) that don't have a calendar from the factory.
My phone is Samsung Nexus S. Android 2.3.4.

If this phone has a built-in calendar, can you tell me where to find it?
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I may have found the calendar that I was looking for:

1. App and not widget > not sure

2. Month view > yes

3. Permissions - do not need Internet access > yes

4. No ads > yes


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This is where the term "Calendar" is abused in the digital world. Those Calendar apps with bells and whistles such as appointment, reminders, birthdays, notes etc should be known as Planners, Day Timers or Diaries.

In the real world, a Calendar has 12 pages for the 12 months and thats it. You want appointments, contacts, you buy Planners, Day Timers or Diaries and not a Calendar. So when I said Calendar, I strictly meant Calendar.

In computing, the best example of a calendar is the system tray clock in Windows 7, click that, you get the Calendar. I was looking for something as simple as that.
IMHO, any app would do, just dont use the other features. Besides I was joking, especially since as I said, a simple set of pictures of a calendar would suffice for you, not necessarily an app. I remember quick calendar for Symbian had this kind of app, but for some reason I cant see a Droid version.

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My phone is Samsung Nexus S, Android 2.3.4. I looked everywhere and I don't see this in-built Calendar. If it is available in the Samsung Nexus S, can you tell me where to find it?

Where is this calendar you talked about? I went to Settings, I don't see a Calendar entry.
Now you tell us what your phone is. I have no idea what is or is not available on a Nexus S, especially since its vanilla. Phones that arent nexus have calendars inbuilt. Normally, on non-Nexus phones (which is basically every other phone model except Nexus and Nexus S), just open app drawer and you will see an icon labeled calendar.

Also the settings I meant was the calendar app settings. Basically App drawer>calendar>menu>settings>calendars

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I believe there is a login screen where the Google account is authenticated. As such I think internet access is required. Without internet access, will Google Calendar open right away without the login page?
Not sure about first time opening it, as I have an unlimited data plan when I first got the phone (That wont be a problem if you set it up at home with WiFi). But now that it has already been opened and I have logged in, I can open the calendar app connecting to Google Calendar anytime I want even if I am in airplane/offline mode. It will work as a normal offline calendar. The only difference between being online and offline is that the edits or new data I make are not automatically synced to all devices if you use it offline, and will only sync when you connect via wifi.
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I may have found the calendar that I was looking for:

1. App and not widget > not sure

2. Month view > yes

3. Permissions - do not need Internet access > yes

4. No ads > yes


aCalendar
https://market.android.com/details?id=org.withouthat.acalendar

Oh, looks like Touch Calendar without widget
http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/productivity/touch-calendar_rzbu.html

EDIT: Sorry, I didn't read the thread from beginning. So I think I missed some things

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Lumix,

I think the Google Calendar you are referring to and the "Calendar" app I have seen on most phones in the app drawer are basically the same thing. It did prompt you for a google account login but you really need one of those anyways if you are going to download anything from the market. I would also assume(maybe not correctly) that once you have given the google calendar your credentials you would not be required to enter them again. I would also assume that after you have entered those credentials you could open that calendar regardless if you had a connection to the internet or not(offline mode). Although the calendar may be a planner in the technical sense once you have input your credentials you should be able to use it just as any old calendar. It's not going to force you to enter meetings or appointments. It will still display the calendar portion without issue.

Since I have never used a Nexus phone these are all assumptions based off of what I have learned and seen using the Android platform. Even if you don't plan on using any of the google products that are integrated into Android you still usually have to register some type of Google account on the phone, whether that be for use of the calendar, market, gmail or to reset the lock on your phone if you locked yourself because of two many incorrect pattern lock or pin lock entries(yes you can do this and last I knew you needed a gmail account to unlock or you are stuck factory default resetting).

Either way it looks like you found something that will work for you so cheers to that.
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I did try opening Google Calendar on my phone. It ask to create either a corporate account or Google account. By this, I guess the next time I open Google Calendar, I need to login, this means I need internet access to open Google Calendar (unless you are telling me there is no login, you get the Calendar right away).
You may well be right. I got my Google account first, then started a Google calendar, then played with the Google calendar on the phone, and I'm certainly not going to try to go back to square one to test how it works if you start in a different order.

But another poster, Sammy I think, pointed you toward the settings for the calendar (which you may or may not be able to get to by hitting the menu button before you've given it a Google account). In settings, you can choose the calendar with which you'll sync, and that can be "my calendar" which I believe is only the one on the phone.

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If you have multiple Google accounts, it doesn't have to be, but I understand what you're asking.

You can set up a Google account using a non-Google e-mail address. You don't have to setup Gmail or Google calendar, but there are good reasons to do so. But that account should get the phone calendar opened and allow you to access market. To download the paid apps, the ones that aren't free, you will need to provide financial info to your Google account, but you can always use Amazon instead. Amazon seems to have most of the paid apps, but only a subset of the free ones.

Hope that helps.
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Hi Lumix,

I know you don't want a widget, but take a look at this: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.josegd.monthcalwidget

It's not exactly what you want from what I read in this thread, but it's a good start I think. Needs no permissions, doesn't do anything special in the background, and it's very lightweight.

Disclaimer: I created it I'm planning to extend its capabilities gradually, including full year calendar.

Hope it serves your needs

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what an extraordinary debate! Nokia people must be pissing thmesleves laughing! I had a nokia 5500 for 6 years ( tough as they come symbian ) and an almost perfect calendar that combined events lsiting, reminders with alarms to do lists etc etc and turned into a diary after the event. and on day view was extremely clear and had to-do's on the home page!
It did all that anyone could want and i find it extraordinary that android can not do similar.
i have 50 different opinions telling me to try 50 different apps/widgets!!!!
You know what? why not make a simple calendar with reminders etc like Nokia did in the first place.
And never never never did Nokia events disappear like mine do now and i am told to resync or whatever.
I like my new phone but this is absolutely piss poor
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what an extraordinary debate! Nokia people must be pissing thmesleves laughing! I had a nokia 5500 for 6 years ( tough as they come symbian ) and an almost perfect calendar that combined events lsiting, reminders with alarms to do lists etc etc and turned into a diary after the event. and on day view was extremely clear and had to-do's on the home page!
It did all that anyone could want and i find it extraordinary that android can not do similar.
i have 50 different opinions telling me to try 50 different apps/widgets!!!!
You know what? why not make a simple calendar with reminders etc like Nokia did in the first place.
And never never never did Nokia events disappear like mine do now and i am told to resync or whatever.
I like my new phone but this is absolutely piss poor
LOL. I came from PalmOS, Windows Mobile and Symbian. I was in the same boat where I needed to do or get different apps/Widgets/home screens just to duplicate what I was looking for. As for Google calendar, that's the most basic calendar app you can get. It's lacking and disappointing to work with.

It does ask for an account first time, but not afterwards. You don't even need to sync it (I have it on manual) if you don't want to. I use Hotmail exchange to sync with Outlook using my ISP email address. I have a Note and it's built in calendar app let's me view year or month with a few key presses without much fuss.
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I read it twice and I still don't have a clue...

Here's an idea: Charge your phone. It seems to solve the battery issue for me. I love widgets, what can I say?
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I can make a simple calandar app if you want me to.it would be a fun and simple app to build.
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Perhaps you can try out DigiCal.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digibites.calendar&feature=search_r esult#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5kaWdpYml0ZXMuY2FsZ W5kYXIiXQ..
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I love widgets too! Also, there shouldn't be a substantial difference in battery usage between a widget and an app.
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