Sunrise, Sunset App

Sunrise, Sunset App

Only Does One Thing But Does It Well

I get torn between wanting phone apps to be multifunctional and wanting them to be really good at one thing. For example, I just discovered the City Your Way apps, which are also called the Way (insert city name here) apps. Each of these city apps (they have more of them internationally than they do for United States cities, at least right now) is really a round up of a bunch of other apps: for example the New York City app includes information about wifi, local parks, local transport, nightlife, events, religious places, craigslist, hotels, museums, weather, weekend getaways, green, airports, etc. There are three full screens of content. Some of that I will never use. I will seldom need to find a gas station in New York because no one I know drives and there are only three gas stations and everyone knows where they are anyway. At least the people who drive know about them I suppose. Or I could ask a taxi dude if I really needed to know. Of course, I can hide this feature so it's not one more thing to scroll through, but all these features make for a very large app which means a pretty slow app. It take 15 seconds just to open!

So that's why I am ever so slightly charmed by the Sunrise Sunset app that I just discovered. It doesn't do anything fancy. It can't tell you where to find coffee, or free wifi or half price Broadway tickets or the best burrito in Brooklyn. All it does is tell you when the sunrise and the sunset will happen. And for a light impaired, potentially seasonally affected disorder person like me, that's plenty.