Review: Musical Clock – Multiple Alarms

Musical clock, multiple alarms
By Alicia Erlich on 21 Apr 2011 05:52 pm EDT
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For a limited time, get Musical Clock - Multiple Alarms for free at BlackBerry App World! 

Waking up early in the morning every day can be an overwhelming task. I try to extend my sleepy time as long as possible before I absolutely must drag myself out of bed. Since I'm pretty quick to hit to the snooze button, I need something that offers multiple alarms to get my kiester moving. As of now, my secondary alarm is a family member shouting in my ear. That's when I discovered Musical Clock-Multiple Alarms by Karvi Technologies.

Musical Clock - Multiple Alarms is a neat little application that goes beyond the capabilities of the native alarm. It allows me to create multiple repeating/non-repeating alarms for anything I need. While your device can assign a music file as an alarm sound, it uses the same one for each and every alarm. With Musical Clock, not only can you set unlimited alarms but you can choose a different music file for each one created. 

Setting Alarms 

Setting alarms

This app comes with an array of features you would expect in an alarm application. You can choose the frequency, time, snooze, tone, volume level, and turn on vibrate. What struck me most about this application is how easy to navigate it is. There are no complicated screens or multiple menus to jump through; it's all right there in front of you. It takes no time at all to add new alarms. Plus, it even comes with a shutdown feature. I know what you're going to say, how can an alarm go off? As I use this mainly to wake up, there's no need to have it run in the background all day. Besides, all it takes is a simple click on the icon to restore.

Alarm Sounds

Though the app comes with eight preinstalled tones, you're not restricted to them as it uses any musical sound on your SD card.  One thing Musical Clock - Multiple Alarms has over the competition is its ability to create its own playlist from your entire music folder.  Shorter sounds like ringtones will repeat while longer pieces will play in their entirety.

Another great feature that stands out is that it will launch any of your installed radio streaming applications (i.e. PandoraSlackerTuneIn Radio) to use as an alarm. This is perfect for me as I've used alarm clock radios my entire life. Just make sure the option to auto-play on startup is selected (if available).

While your BlackBerry inserts multiple alarms in your calendar, I rather like that this one doesn't. My calendar looks more like a to-do list and I prefer to keep things separate without anything else clogging up my view. Musical Clock - Multiple Alarms stores all alarms directly within the app itself. This is definitely a great way to hide from prying eyes, especially if you're on BES and sync your calendar.

Multi-colored LED display

Musical clock, LED display

Musical clock comes with its own digital display which, when selected in options, replaces the BB clock when plugged in. Users can modify the LED color and background pattern shown with a click or a tap. The choices are rather limited at the moment (five in the paid version, two in the free version) but a nice touch nonetheless over the native one. It does support landscape mode for the Storm and Torch and allows you to switch back and forth between 12 hr or 24 hr format. Perfect for when paired with the charging pod by my bed.

Final thoughts

Honestly, I've never used the built-in BlackBerry alarm clock and never thought about it until now thanks to this app. Between work, CrackBerry, and other responsibilities this is the app I've been relying on to keep myself in line. I love that it creates multiple alarms for anything and everything I need with its own unique name. Goodbye antique alarm clock, hello BlackBerry.

Pros 

  • Unlimited Multiple alarms 
  • Past alarms are not automatically deleted
  • Launch internet radio applications
  • Shutdown feature

Cons 

  • Cannot snooze or dismiss an alarm when keyboard is locked
  • Cannot backup/restore alarm settings to SD Card

Four Stars!

Musical Clock by Karvi Technologies, Inc. is available for all devices running OS 5 and higher. It also comes in a free limited feature version.

More information/purchase the full version from the CrackBerry App Store
More information/download the free version from the CrackBerry App Store 
More information/purchase the full version from BlackBerry App World 
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35 comments

Jleeblanch

And I may just have found it! Thanks CrackBerry :)

Just downloaded and will give it a trial run in the morning! Gonna do some testing of it now to check out all the features mentioned above!

P.S. FIRST :D

neoflasher

I keep getting a message that it cannot be found in app world. For both versions.*********DISREGARD .. GOT it now.. app world had playbook selected and this app isn't available for playbook..

velkcro

I just got it thank I was looking for something like this.

Hey Alicia is there a feature in this app where the time would show up when I lock my device?

Or can I do that with the native clock?

Alicia Erlich

Thank you for pointing that out. I know the native clock does that in bedside mode. From what I've seen when the screen is locked it shows up if you open the app but the popup that tells you the screen is locked still shows. I don't lock my device. Support is absolutely wonderful. They are quick, helpful, and as seen on App World, want comments and suggestions.

rezn

Nice review Alicia. I wouldn't have even looked at this app if it wasn't for you. Happy I will now. ;)

Spencerdl

Multiple alarms is always a GOOD thing.....and a quality app to do it for........FREE!! .....NICE

PossumPete

I bought it yesterday. The customer service is excellent! It's great as a night light/alarm clock.

Hopefully, the developer will add the ability to save settings to the SD Card.

rtk777

Very Cool, Thanks sooo much ! ! !

TS_Cycle_Salvage433

This app is awesome, on any given week I'll wake up at 3 different times for work so being able to set mutiple alarms all at once makes it easier to set my entire weeks worth of alarms. The only problem I've ran into is that the alarm goes off 3 seperate times. It'll go off a minute before the scheduled time, at the scheduled time and acouple minutes after the scheduled time. The only pro with that is you end up hitting the snooze button less :). It's a good app though!

alantan

Everything's great about it, and the multi colored LED. Display is a great bonus.

f1mx

nice! defenitely worth the try

TheTechGuy

i'm not usually one for testing out alarm clocks. i am a big fan of the native blackberry alarm clock. i'm gonna give this one a shot tough.

zensen

I've always wanted my blackberry to have the convenience of multiple alarms and I don't understand why RIM hasn't done so yet. the snooze or dismissing when keyboard is locked kinda sucks though but the pros outweigh that con.

don.new

Will this app turn your phone on to sound an alarm if your phone is powered off? I rely on this feature of the native alarm every morning.

zensen

@don.new that's something I wouldn't mind knowing as well since thats one of the great things about the RIM alarm.

don.new

I just tried the alarm with the power off and it did not switch the phone on. Also, after I powered the phone on and went to the app, the nice big display was still showing the time of when I shut off the phone. I had to leave the app and go back to it to refresh the time display, quite confusing.

Ruman

From the looks it is really interesting as any apps of BB is.

phenyx923

Awesome, thanks so much! Love the look of it and being able to use multiple songs. Thanks!

Gamesdmc3

really nice app,the only problem i would have with it is that you Cannot snooze or dismiss an alarm when keyboard is locked,my eyes are real sensitive to light,so it takes me about 10 minutes for my eyes to adjust to the light when i wake up,and my vision takes a while to adjust when waking up.(i wake up blind lika a bat)so it will be real hard for me to put in my password

armobarak

How come it says that the item is not supported for my device??

i have the torch 9800.

Johnly

yeah, android apps? cool, I may jump for that....but that be it.

megabus

Great Review!

Just for those of you that are annoyed by the native alarm showing up in the calendar: yes, you can actually prevent the native alarm from popping up in your calendar! I found it somewhere in the calendar settings :)

For now, I'll try the musical clock, sounds promising!

Kerri Neill

To prevent the alarm from showing in your calendar you simply open your calendar>BlackBerry Menu Key>Calendar Display & Actions>Scroll all the way to the end and uncheck the "show alarms" box.

konaman01

Just FYI, went to the BB app world and the FULL version is FREE for a limited time.

TurboTiger

Tks Bro,
I went right to BB App World last nigh after reading your post and got it.
Tks

ibcnul8ter

FAIL!! This app looked so promising and everything. I would use it and absolutely love it, if i could press snooze without having to unlock my keypad (like the native does). I'll keep the app on my phone in case they fix that, and Alicia pointed it out in her review too, but IT has my phone automatically looking after 15 minutes so this problem kills it for me.

mkoso

Anyone know how to get it to display on the front screen of my Style? Tried a few things and nothing seems to work.

jedi214

Anything Free is always nice just download the app and its look good I like the Led display awesome

skynny70

I am going to give this a try on my Storm2. I have been using MultiAlarm Pro and have been pretty happy with it except for how bright the clock is on bedside mode with the native clock. This looks like what I was looking for with colored clocks that won't light up the room as much at night. I was also having issues with only certain music files playing when using Multi Alarm Pro. This seems to work with all of mine just fine.

TurboTiger

Unfortunately for me I was looking for an alarm clock that would also display the clock all the time when charging. Yes i did check for the to happen but it doesn't and I can't figure out why.
Any help would be appreciated.

Also, at night I was looking for the clock to display in a dimmed mode. Does that happen?

TIA

Storm2 (9550) .1015

blythe0806

I'm looking for both of those functionalities as well. I need the backlight to stay on while docked and charging and for it to dim automatically after a few seconds.

TurboTiger

Ok I now have the full version that I downloaded for free form BB App World last night as a result of a headsup from a post above.

However maybe settings are the same as the free version. Here's what I did:

Open the app
Hit Settings
Check both "Show when charging" and "Keep screen on when charging"
With those checked it displays contantly when charging.

As far as dimming, I didn't notice that but it's not bright enough to bother me at night.

FYI: The normal sound seeting was not enough to wake me up this morning so I'm going with loud and hopefully I'll get up in the morning.

Good Luck

TurboTiger

Well it was displaying for one night.
Then I had to reboot my Storm2 and now I can't get the display to stay on while charging.

I have it running while in BB Bedside Mode
Like I said, it worked well for one night then after reboot won't stay on.

Any ideas?

TurboTiger

Well it's working well again.
Apparently you must have both items checked in settings to have it display.

And unfortunately, the buttons on my Storm2 stay lit all night as well. Tech support said that is the way it is.

But I'm happy that I have a night clock/alarm again.
My bedside mode got hosed with the last OS update and I didn't want to install the hack to fix it.

Good Luck