A superbly serviceable alarm clock and timer comes along with your Android telephone, so that you won’t assume to obtain one other one. That could also be true, however in the event you’re in search of extra options, extra customization choices, and extra highly effective alarms than your inventory clock comes with, Gentle Alarm is right here—and we predict it’s the perfect.
- Set as many alarms as you need, at any time of day, in each 12 and 24 hour codecs
- Create pre-alarm, alarm, and snooze “profiles” the place you may customise the alarm sound, quantity, fade-in quantity, length of the alarm, even show brightness. Comes with three profiles by default: “workday,” “time without work,” and “nap.”
- Can be configured to play music, playlists, and even an web radio stream as an alarm, so you may get up to your favourite music or playlist, and may even be configured to solely play songs by particular genres or artists
- Can be configured to sound an alarm that slowly will increase in quantity or vibration depth till you dismiss it or after successive snoozes
- Can schedule a number of alarms, every with completely different songs or playlists, or to play a random music or playlist
- Can be configured to require you to resolve problem questions or simple arithmetic issues earlier than the alarm could be snoozed or dismissed
- Lets you flip your telephone over to snooze, or shake the telephone to disable the alarm
- Can be configured to launch a selected software when the alarm goes off
- Can show a countdown timer on-screen till the alarm sounds, making the app helpful for a timer in addition to an alarm clock
- Has a built-in “dock” mode and a “evening mode,” the place the clock and alarm settings are displayed on-screen or the present time is displayed on a dimmed show, making it helpful as a desk clock or bedside clock, respectively
- Supports speech enter for alarms, the identical approach the default clock and alarm does
- Allows you to auto-dismiss or auto-snooze alarms
- Allows you to customise the colour and background of the alarm show
- Has a downloadable residence display widget, and downloadable further alarm sounds in the event you don’t just like the default choice
- Has a built-in flashlight
- Has full assist for third-party apps like Tasker and Sleepbot, so you may even add extra customization options or use the app to assist monitor your sleep
Where It Excels
The age of dozens of alarm clock apps throughout Google Play is over, however there are nonetheless a number of that supply customization choices and adaptability you received’t get within the default clock in your telephone. Gentle Alarm has all the time been well-liked, however the purpose it will get the nod from us is the sheer myriad methods you may customise the way in which you get up. Here’s an instance: With Gentle Alarm, you may inform the display to gentle as much as 20% so that you’re not blinded if you choose up the telephone to disable the alarm. You may also inform Gentle Alarm to play your favourite web radio stream at 7am, however solely at half-volume, and to slowly fade in from there till you flip the telephone over to snooze it for precisely 20 minutes, at which it’ll bump up the quantity to full and fade in from 20% quantity to full quantity in the event you don’t flip it off.
That’s a ridiculous quantity of flexibility, and the truth that the app has so some ways to actually dial within the particulars so that you get up the way in which you need—or in a approach that wakes you up however not anybody else in the identical mattress or bed room as you—makes it a winner. All of these customization choices and options are straightforward to grasp and configure, too.
Beyond that, Gentle Alarm has all the options you’ll anticipate from an excellent alarm clock app. Multiple alarms, one-button “all off” and “evening” modes are a pleasant contact, as is the included dock mode, which (on a private observe) makes the clock actually helpful to depart working when you have your Android telephone docked or charging in your desk when you work. The third occasion assist can be a very nice contact, so Tasker followers can actually get beneath the hood with the app and customise it even additional with out basically having to rewrite most of the issues that Gentle Alarm already does.
Where It Falls Short
Gentle Alarm is nice, nevertheless it’s certainly not excellent.
First, its interface seems like one thing straight out of the Gingerbread/Ice Cream Sandwich days, and that’s in all probability as a result of it hasn’t had a big UI overhaul since then. To be truthful, an alarm clock doesn’t should be fairly to work, however in an age the place each app is transferring to Holo and Material Design and a extra streamlined, fashionable look, it’s sort of a jarring look backward to put in Gentle Alarm on Lollipop or Android M and see these massive chunky gray buttons with black textual content in them once more from Android’s earlier, uglier days. Even the default font of the clock itself is harking back to these days. On the brilliant aspect, the developer listens actively to the person group and updates the app to repair bugs and add requested options nearly month-to-month. I’m certain a UI overhaul is someplace on the to-do listing.
Second, all the options and instruments that Gentle Alarm presents can really be a detriment to simply setting a fast alarm for a nap, or setting a timer for eggs or one thing. You might end up utilizing Gentle Alarm to construct your excellent “get up within the morning” state of affairs, however nonetheless utilizing your built-in alarm for one thing less complicated and simpler to function if you simply need to nap for a short time, or if you need to keep in mind to verify the roast in 45 minutes with out diving into menus and buttons (and sure, even Gentle Alarm’s “Quick Alarm” choice is a bit a lot when you possibly can simply faucet the microphone or pull up Google Now and say “set a timer for 45 minutes” or “set an alarm for an hour from now.”)
We also needs to observe that numerous folks have complained that Lollipop customers have had some points with notifications with Gentle Alarm. We didn’t have the identical issues once we examined, however the dev has already acknowledged the problems and guarantees an replace.
Clock (Free) is Android’s built-in alarm clock and timer. It’s since been decoupled from Android itself, so if for some purpose you don’t have it, you may seize it from Google Play. For many individuals will get the job executed simply high quality, and its integration with Google Search in your gadget signifies that setting alarms and timers is as straightforward as a voice command or a few faucets. You can arrange a number of alarms, set some energetic and disable others, and the app doesn’t need to be within the foreground for it to wake you up when the time comes. It’s not notably characteristic wealthy, however in the event you simply need one thing to go off to wake you up or remind you to do a factor, it will work simply high quality and never price you a cent.
Timely (Free) was really going to be our best choice. It’s stunning, simply customizable sufficient to get the job executed, full of options (though not fairly as many as Gentle Alarm) that provide you with management over how your alarm goes off, when, how lengthy you may snooze, and it even can sync throughout a number of Android gadgets so that you don’t need to re-configure your alarms if you swap telephones or transfer from one gadget to a different. It’s a stunning app that provides you tons of management over the visible feel and appear, it seems simply nearly as good on Android tablets because it does on telephones, and like every alarm, it may be set to problem you with puzzles to be sure you’re really awake earlier than snoozing. It additionally has a timer and stopwatch built-in, which is good.
The purpose we are able to’t make it our main choose is as a result of the workforce behind it was acquired by Google again in February, and customers report in droves at Google Play that despite the fact that the app’s been up to date as just lately as February, it’s utterly damaged in Lollipop on account of modifications within the notification system, and given the dev workforce is now part of Google (and that they’ve been utterly silent on social media since earlier than the acquisition) the percentages of an replace are fairly slim. If you’re working an ICS or KitKat gadget, or need to gamble on it, it’s price a glance, however in any other case, steer clear.
Alarm Droid (Free, $1.68 through in-app buy to take away adverts) boasts an incredible wanting UI, full with consideration to Material Design. You can set a number of alarms, and the flexibility to snooze your telephone simply by flipping it over in your nightstand. You can set recurring alarms by date and time and the snooze display has a number of massive buttons for various snooze durations. It even includes a talking clock that may converse the time aloud to you at set intervals, and the choice to again up your alarm settings and restore them from a file. Local climate shows on the display when the alarm goes off. Beyond that, it doesn’t do a lot that the opposite apps (or the inventory alarm clock) don’t additionally do, however the different builders may take a web page from the design.
Alarm Clock Xtreme ($2, Free, ad-supported version available) was our earlier favourite choose, and it’s nonetheless an incredible app. If you could have it and prefer it, there’s no purpose to modify right here, and in contrast to our high choose, its design and UI has come alongside approach with the instances. However, there’s no getting previous the truth that it simply doesn’t have the identical options as Gentle Alarm. It nonetheless has all the issues that made it nice initially—as many alarms as you need to set, puzzles or challenges to snooze or disable the alarm, a tablet-friendly model and an up to date UI, auto-snooze and auto-dismiss, a built-in timer, the choice to wake to music as a substitute of sounds, and so forth. Still, we’ve bumped it down principally as a result of whereas nice, it’s nothing actually that the default alarm app doesn’t already do, and the options it does have that Gentle Alarm doesn’t don’t make it definitely worth the adverts or the worth tag when in comparison with one thing that’s extra feature-rich for a similar worth. We do love the UI although—possibly Gentle Alarm can take a cue.
My Alarm Clock ($2, Free, ad-supported version available) is a good wanting alarm clock, particularly in the event you’re in search of one thing to relaxation in your nightstand. Local climate shows if you wake, together with a dimmer, sleepy-eye-friendly blue-on-black textual content model that’s straightforward to learn at nighttime. The app comes with its personal built-in flashlight, clock widgets and residential display widgets which you can customise to maintain a clock on the house display in the event you desire, customizable alarms, a number of alarms, and background alarms, and extra. The nightstand mode is nice, and the app has a built-in sleep timer that can play white noise that will help you get to sleep, after which wake you up once more when it’s time to get off the bed. Beyond that although, it doesn’t supply an excessive amount of extra in the way in which of customization, and many individuals have reported that there are issued with Lollipop. Even worse, the free model consumes huge quantities of information to tug down and stream commercials—sufficient that some folks say it’s eaten by means of their month-to-month cell knowledge allowance, which is a large turn-off.
Lightning Bug (Free) is slightly completely different. Most folks use it to assist go to sleep to soothing sounds of nature, however the app can simply as simply be set to lull you to sleep with sounds of rain falling, monks chanting, or site visitors on a metropolis avenue exterior your window, or wake you up with an alarm within the morning. $zero.99 will purchase you extra soundscapes to get pleasure from, just like the sounds of the forest, or an ocean lapping at a tropical seaside.
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