A dashboard app is such a neat idea allowing you to get information from multiple apps all in a single app. Whether it’s the weather, calendar, news, social feeds, and e-mail it’s great to have those all in one, rather than accessing six or seven different apps. Sadly, up until this point there hasn’t been a good dashboard appdespite manyattempts. Today – Wake Up Alarm Clock is a new app that is looking to change that by delivering a multi-source dashboard that is also a talking alarm clock. It sure has great promise, but the question is the execution, and we’re here to review it.
The app itself provides an excellent design with a clean layout for multiple panels of information. It’s easy to add, and arrange the weather, time, upcoming events, RSS news feed, Twitter timeline, Facebook feed, e-mail inbox, and a now playing music panel. Once you have the sources set-up, you can then set a customizable alarm to start your day with the information you choose. There’s also a night mode giving you a simple lock for your nightstand in preparation for the morning dashboard alarm. Everything is rounded together by the talking alarm clock aspect that provides a pleasant male voice to read you everything on your dashboard. For instance, you’re given, “”Good morning Andrew. The weather today is Partly Cloudy, 48º Fahrenheit…” It’s definitely a nice feature set, but there’s just multiple limitations distracting from the initial potential.
The main problem is the simplicity of each individual panel to the point that you’re given just the single most recent e-mail, news story, tweet, and facebook post. You can’t tap on any of the info panel besides the news, so each panel is self contained without the ability to tap for more. Since you’re just given a glimpse, it’s not really worth your time, as it doesn’t save you from still going to each individual app to find out more information. It’s such a simple array of information that only gives you another app to open just to whet your whistle for the more apps you’re about to open. The voice aspect is a nice addition to use the app without looking at the screen, but the problem with the app is there just isn’t much to gather from the screen.
Today – Wake Up Alarm Clock ($2.99, Universal) misses out on its potential making it one to skip, and leaves us still searching for a worthwhile dashboard app.