The iPhone is the default alarm clock for many, but Apple’s stock clock app leaves quite a bit to be desired. Luckily, there’s a large group of third party developers experimenting with new techniques to make an alarm clock smooth and easy to use on the iPhone. Wake Alarm Clock is a new entry that is all about simplicity, cutting out the clutter to let you focus on setting up alarms as quickly as possible. The app offers a minimalistic design with just a clock on the center of the screen with a dark blue background. That is essentially it, and you simply drag your finger around the ring of the clock to set up an alarm.
It couldn’t be easier, and there are still a few valuable options as well including the ability to tap on the minutes or hours to quickly adjust the time as you spin the clock. There are a surprising number of options for such a minimalistic design including the ability to create eight different alarms at once that you can set for specific times and dates. The app also includes twelve built-in alarm sounds to wake to that progressively get louder as they’re played. Wake Alarm works best with it left open, and your iPhone left on and charging so that you can wake to the sunrise screen. A swipe to the left across the clock brings up night mode to minimize the brightness completely.
One of the best features of Wake Alarm is that there are three different ways to stop the alarm. You can slap your phone to snooze, or flip over to turn off the alarm. There’s also the options to shake your iPhone to fill the shake meter, or simply swipe up or down to snooze or turn off. The developers have done a great job of making their alarm app simple and feature rich at the same time so that it provides everything you could want from an alarm app without the clutter. There are no menus, buttons, or tedious interface elements, and instead just quick access to setting up multiple customized alarms that have great waking features.
Wake Alarm Clock ($1.99, iPhone) is a great app to replace the stock clock app to become your new go to alarm clock that offers up valuable features in an expertly designed package for a should buy.