Having someone who wakes you up every morning in a sweet yet firm way, ensuring that you don’t oversleep? Oh yes, we’d love that. But that’s not always possible or even responsible.
We have to silence the kid inside us and act as an adult: set our alarm clock ourselves and don’t rely too much on the sweet relief of a 5-minute snooze.
Fortunately, smartphones and apps have provided us with the tools to wake up the way we need, whether more gently or more roughly. You name it.
The Appszoomeditorial team doesn’t want you to lose your job because of persistent oversleeping. That’s why we’ve brought together 5 of the best alarm clocks you can find on the market. Make your choice!
Let’s start with the serious cases: those who need a nuclear alarm to wake up on time. If you take “sleep tight” too seriously, Bazzinga Labs’ Walk Me Up! is exactly what you need.
Walk Me Up! forces yourself out of bed in the morning since you can only turn it off by walking. What!?
Yes, it makes the most of your accelerometer and motion sensors to track your steps. When you have walked the minimum amount required to go, you can turn off the alarm. Of course, basic features such as multiple custom recurring alarms, ringtones, and volume otpions are also included. A masochistic way to wake up.
Bitspin’s Timely doesn’t draw upon such drastic methods to wake you up. Its added-value features are beautiful design and smooth performance.
If design matters to you, Timely can ensure you wake up pleasantly. Includes all the basic plus some extras such as: alarm settings with gestures (swiping), turning the phone down to snooze, and lifting recognition that reduces the sound volume. Responsive and good-looking. What else do you need?
Sport.com’s Smart Alarm Clock goes a step further. It’s not only a full-featured alarm clock but rather a comprehensive sleeping tracker.
In other words, Smart Alarm Clock stays with you through all the different sleep phases. First, it lets you set up a custom alarm clock before you go to bed. Second, it makes use of your Android’s motion sensors to track your sleeping phases and give you advice for restorative resting. Finally, it includes different snoozing and turning off methods, plus some extra info you may need in the morning like a weather forecast.
Routine kills you. Every day you need to try new things, or at least avoid constant repetition like the plague. If you are that guy stuck in a rut, you are going to love F.J. Castaño Gómez’ Turbo Alarm.
Turbo Alarm is massively customizable. In addition to the standard alarm tones, you can specify an entire folder of songs, and the app will play one at random each day (or pick just one yourself). Elect “incremental volume,” set your preferred max, and choose the time it’ll take to reach it to allow yourself to wake up slowly. See the weather forecast for each day upon waking. Tell the app how you’d best like to turn off the alarm – by writing a letter on the screen, switching on a light in the room, shaking your device, etc etc etc. You can even turn on a friggin’ sunrise in whatever color you please for a double-whammy light-sound combo.
Binary Tactics’ Alarm Clock Plus is a veteran on the market. It might not be the most beautiful in terms of design or the most original in terms of features… But you know what? It WORKS oustandingly. Millions of downloads vouch for it.
Alarm Clock Plus includes all the basic stuff you need: custom recurring alarms, screen-saver options with a clock, weather forecast, media shortcuts, and different snoozing methods. In addition, there’s a simple yet really appreciated feature called “Hold for nap”. You can set 15-30-45-60 minute naps, which is way more straightforward than having to create new alarms and give an exact hour.
Oh, and unlike other alarm clocks, Alarm Clock Plus works in older Android OS versions.