Review: Alarm Clock

When one alarm isn't enough
By Joseph Holder on 9 Dec 2010 03:53 pm
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When one alarm isn't enough... Alarm Clock!

I admit it; I don't like to get up in the morning. I once accused a friend of lying about the existence of 5:00 a.m. I have even been known to set upwards of four alarms to make sure I get up on time. The alarm on my BlackBerry works just fine, but I need more. I need multiple alarms to wake me up.

Alarm Clock fulfills that need and so much more. An infinite number of alarms and alarm profiles allow me to completely customize when, how, and how often my alarm will sound. And gives me control over just how long that snooze will last.


You'd think an alarm clock application would be a simple one to develop. Not so. Small details can end up causing big problems. I've run across alarm apps that improperly delete alarms and apps that I could create but a handful of alarms. I once paid for an alarm app that would fail to play the alert sound - making it useless as an alarm clock.

Alarm Clock suffers from none of these problems. You can create as many alarms as you need. Alarm clock can play any music or ringtone file you have as its alert sound. Most importantly (to me), alarms that have passed are disabled, not deleted. Meaning I can edit them again and again.

Infinite alarms

Using Notification profiles, each alert can be fully customized. The profiles give you the ability to set a new alert sound for every alarm. But you could also set up a notification for groups of similar alarms. Say, for example, each of your alerts for bills (car, mortgage, etc.) could make a "cha-ching" noise while the LED flashes green. In addition to alert sounds, you can set the LED color; vibration on/off and pattern; and the volume.

After creating a new alarm, a whole host of other options appears. Of course, there is the section to actually set a date and time for the alarm. You can also set the length of the snooze time - the time until the alarm sounds again after pressing snooze.

Alarm Clock can have many different notificationsAlarm Clock handles recurring alarms quite well. You can set alarms for every Tuesday at the appointed time. Or every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. Or the 3rd Monday in the Month, etc. An infinite variation of recurrences means you really can set it and forget it.

There were a few minor issues that came to light while reviewing this app. In some views, the title of the alarm is cut off by the alarm time. Although the time of the alarm is important, I feel the title of the alarm could be just as important. Secondly, you can't set a different alert sound for each alarm. You can achieve the same effect by creating multiple notification profiles, but I'd like the option to change that in-alarm.

But these are simply minor complaints about a product that lives up to its name. Alarm Clock will wake you up in the morning, remind you to when to take medications, warn about bill payments - anything you set it to do. Though it has a simple name, this application is anything but.

Pros

  • Infinite alarms
  • Alarm repeat options
  • Profiles allow you set sounds, vibrations, and LED color

Cons 

  • Alarm title truncated in some views
  • Cannot set alarm sound within alarm (must use notifications)
Rating 4.5 out of 5
21 comments

chrismage

Sounds good could set different alarms for afternoon and morning classes

KahneFan

I would get it if it didn't use the same small "snooze" and "dismiss' buttons. I had to stop using the default alarm clock on my Torch because, in a sleepy state, it was WAY too easy to "dismiss" when you mean to "snooze"... and of course you don't realize it until it's too late... literally late. I would rather have a nice large "snooze" button with NO dismiss button, and make the dismiss take a keystroke pattern. Or, if nothing else, an extra EXTRA small dismiss button far from the snooze button.

debo7debo

I agree with KahneFan. Definitely need the dismissal to be more difficult while waking up. Can't count how much I've dismissed my alarm until I was late.

zaersx

I'm sorry, why are you here? Why are you allowed to write reviews? Can an iFan review blackberry? I'm sorry but it completely irritates me when people think there's only one alarm on a blackberry! There's only one quick alarm, but alarm count is infinite and endlessly modifiable, look in your calendar, note the new alarm button on top of new, this is really stupid... And I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but its the next function after the default firstly highlighted new function...

swamp_water

Your right. Alarm apps are so pointless.

thunder33cat

Well, despite the manner in which it was delivered, "markedone" did teach me something new today, so thanks for that.

Indeed multiple alarms can be set. Although the process is unneccessarily buried in the menu and not intuitive at all. Nor do the sounds appear to be customizable.

That said, I really like Alarm Clock and have purchased it. It does everything I need and allows for customizable sounds, etc. It's well done and robust.

YourMobileGuru

why do you think it is needlessly berried? Some of us call it efficient. Everything is integrated into your calendar/PIM. Schedule something important (ie when you want to get up or when you want to be somewhere) and set an alarm for it and how long before the event you want to be notified. You can also specify just to be alerted to something at a specific time. Couldn't be simpler than that.

Dankees

Where can I get this?

gbsn

backup capability = beats the crap out of the rest :D

mustangboy88

Nice review, except one thing. No where in the review do you mention the price. I think that is kind of important, considering that you mention about paying for one that didn't work like you wanted it to.

YourMobileGuru

The price and where to get it if you want it (ie is it in AppWorld or do you need to go the Crackberry, Handandgo, or the developer site?

Ahmi

I'm going to buy this right now. I set 2 of my BB's, my husband's hd2, and 3 actual alarm clocks each night. The 2 BB's stay beside me, and I spread the other 4 around the room, and each has it's own distinct sound. This app would be one of the few that actually makes my life easier, thanks.

hmmkot

Great App (the best one) ;-)

xhaggotx

It seriously shocks me that people don't realise you can set as many alarms as you want from the calendar with repeats for daily, weekly etc etc
And you can change the tone to whatever you want that's on the phone, and the snooze length etc
And because its in the calendar whenever you do a desktop back up its all backed up

mikeydan

Looks like we need a Blackberry 101 on how to use Callender, Alarms, ect

YourMobileGuru

Yep, never ceases to amaze me how many people don't know even basic functions of the BB.

bp240

I need this to get to class on time

Winter09

Can you set profiles (vibrate ones) for us Deaf people?