It wasn’t until relatively recently that I used my iPhone for an alarm clock. I had debated it for years, but after hearing about people having issues with time zone changes and all that, I just figured that it was best to use the old standby that sat on my dresser. Eventually, I changed my mind and went the iPhone route, and that’s been that.
Recently, however, I’ve thought about how I wake up. Usually it’s with a start, which isn’t the best way to begin your day for sure. I’ve started looking at different alarm clock options, and wondering what our readers use when they want to get out of bed.
So what’s your story? How do you wake up? Let us know in the poll to the right!
All iPhones come with a simple Clock app. It serves its purpose well, yet some users are in search of something better; an alternative that can perform more than a few basic functions. For them, the App Store is a vast wasteland of rubbish that isn’t anywhere near the quality they’d hope to use as their main clock app. But that’s just for those who like quality and polish. If you’re one of those people, I’ve got a shiny new product for you.
It’s called My Alarm Clock. Made by Apalon, you may have heard of their Weather Live or Calculator Pro apps. I believe that their best development however, is the aforementioned Clock alternative. It’s not just good looking — the functionality is beyond that of any stock iOS 5 app, that’s for sure. Let’s take a closer look. (more…)
Many of you may know that when the iPhone was originally released users only had first-party apps to rely on. Then came the release of the iPhone 3G and the App Store. Over time, many third-party apps have come along that have bested first-party iOS apps, so much so that users have thrown those first-party apps into a folder to never be used.
A good example of this occurrence would be Evernote, which goes far and beyond Notes’ capabilities. Additionally, Reminders, Calendar, Voice Memos, Stocks and Weather have third-party competitors that some users find better to use. But one app that I’ve never been able to find a possible replacement for is Clock — that is, until I discovered Timegg. (more…)
Recently, in a previous post, I talked about how I had been looking around for a good alarm clock app. I hated, and still do, those standard, cheap alarm clocks you can buy at the store. That’s when I decided to take a trip to the App Store and search for an iPhone alarm clock app that I could use.
In the process, I realized that there are literally over 100 alarm clock apps available, ranging from really good ones to ones that I left asking myself, “How in the world did Apple even let these guys in?” As I searched high and low for the right app that fit my needs, I found that there are a good group of apps that I liked, and, I thought I would share them with you. After the jump, I’ve got 25 alarm clock apps broken up into two categories: free and paid.
From kitchen timers built into your oven to sand timers beside your sink, timers are one of those little useful gadgets that get thrown into everything and then promptly forgotten. Yes, we need to make sure we know when the cake’s done baking, but truthfully, you’re not very likely to hear the kitchen timer once you’ve wandered off to another room anyhow. There are plenty of things we really do need to time, but often, traditional timers are too much trouble to keep up with.
Your iPhone can be a great solution to this problem. The built-in clock app includes an alarm, stopwatch, and basic timer, and you’re much more likely to hear the timer go off since its always right there in your pocket. Still, the included timer could be improved, so there are many alternate timer apps in the App Store now. Today we’re going to look at the Best Timer app, which may not really be the absolute best timer but is still a very nice alternative to the built-in clock timer.
How often do you let your toast burn, brew your tea for 20 minutes, or forget to turn off the sprinkler when watering your grass? Or do you have a harder time remembering that you need to call your Mom on your lunch break, submit your proposals before the deadline, and more? Most of us need something that will stay on our back and not let us forget the littlest things we need to do, and relying on your spouse, parent or boss to remind you isn’t a great idea.
Your iPhone or iPod Touch is the ideal reminder device. It’s really the best personal digital assistant that had ever been made, even if we don’t usually call iOS devices PDAs. The only problem is, the default Clock app doesn’t make it easy to set quick alarms for specific tasks, and you can only have one timer going at once. That’s not nearly enough for the variety of reminders and timers you’ll actually need to really remember everything.
Due is an elegant new app that’s designed to solve this problem. You can quickly add reminders for everything you need to do, whether it’s today or next week. You can also create reusable timers that you can activate with one flick, so you’ll never forget your brownies in the oven again. Keep reading to check out more of Due’s features to see if this is the app you need to turn your iOS device into a better PDA!
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting 1TapAlarm. The developer describes 1TapAlarm as “the fastest and simplest way to setup a reminder notification for an upcoming event on your iPhone. With just 1 tap you’ll be able to schedule a notification, 1TapAlarm won’t let you forget anything and it will make GTD easy!”
Read on for more information and screenshots!
You wake up to the sound of a buzzing alarm clock and hit the snooze for a few more minutes of sleep before sitting up and checking out the day’s weather. Then in the evening you navigate back to your bed in the dark with a light from your pocket before curling up with a good book to ease you into a dreamy state. As your spouse falls asleep and begins to snore a sound is emitted that causes him/her to stir and move into a position where the snoring ceases. The next morning you rise feeling refreshed and log your sleep hours, viewing your statistics for the week.
The narrative above might conjure up a visual image of a nightstand cluttered with various household objects and electronics, but the 25 apps below can make this story a reality through the use of only one device: your iPhone!
I’m not an insomniac. Not really. I just picked up an unfortunate habit in college of not getting to sleep until 3am, and I haven’t quite managed to get rid of it yet. Partly as a result, I’ve been wishing vaguely for a FitBit for some time now. $100 is a bit much to spend just to feel guilty for not exercising enough, though, so I haven’t acquired one yet.
Then a friend told me about Sleep Cycle, an app that claims to track your sleep patterns and wake you at the optimum moment in your sleep cycle, resulting in a more natural and restful awakening. At $.99, testing it was a no-brainer. Here’s what I found.
Despite the fact that your iPhone comes with a built-in alarm, a huge variety of “alarm clock” apps are available on the App Store. After you’ve seen today’s app, you’ll think the built-in one lacks in both functionality and elegance. Meet Alarm Clock Pro; it’s here to cover all your time-related needs!
We’ll be taking a look at the basic functionality of Alarm Clock Pro, investigating the options and settings available, and providing a few useful tips!