Thursday, May 28, 2015

Best Free and Paid Alarm Apps for iPhone and Android

  • Sleep as Android
    • "an alarm clock and sleep cycle tracker, wakes you gently in optimal moment for pleasant mornings"
    • Developer's Website
    • Google Play Store
    • Pebble App store
    • Free version - Trial version of Sleep as Android will work with no restrictions for two weeks after installation. After that, the sleep tracking functionality will be disabled for sleeps starting on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat. If you want to continue using full sleep tracking functionality after your trial expired, please consider buying a full version from the Android Market for ~2 EUR and in addition you will get more nature sound ringtones and lullabies. 

  • Step Out
    • Set your alarm programmed with either how many steps you have to take before it will turn off, or a QR-code scanner so you have to scan a printed paper in your house(keep  on your bathroom mirror) to turn it off.
    • You actually have to OPEN the app and click "start walking" to even count the steps. You'll definitely be awake after that.
    • Review - Step Out does what it advertises. However, it does have a few problems that I’ve encountered. For one, the app seems to be prone to unresponsiveness and crashing after a while. At times, I attempted to tap on buttons and nothing happened, forcing me to quit the app and reopen it. I also wish that the app allowed you to change the background image to something else of your choosing, as it seems to only have this one background at the moment.
    • Apple App Store

  • Walk Me Up! Alarm Clock
    • Walk Me Up! is unlike any other alarm app you would have used. It stops ringing only when you have walked a certain number of steps. That’s right, it 'walks' you up from sleep!
    • And this app also has intelligent algorithms to detect shaking. So, if you try to cheat, the app wouldn't hesitate to gotta try it to believe it. This is the best alarm clock for all sleepy heads who find trouble getting out of bed early morning.
    • Google Play store

  • Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)- alarm
    • Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is the innovative solution for those who just can’t seem to get up on time, even with an alarm clock. This app has been cleverly designed to force you to get out of bed. You set it up by registering a photo of an area or room in your house. Then once the alarm is set, the ONLY way to make it stop ringing is to get out of bed and go take a photo of the registered area.
    • The World’s Most Annoying Alarm 
    • Dubbed as “the world’s most annoying alarm”, Alarmy has quickly become a favorite mobile app among users. It has been featured in Gizmodo, Cnet, and at Huffington Post, and is currently Number One in its category in 70 countries, including France, Germany, and South Korea.
    • Users are truly enjoying this app and many have devised their own unique methods around the alarm’s requirements. For instance, you could register the foot of the bed as your location, then you would only need to wake up enough to take a pic of the foot of your bed and then go right back to sleep. Of course, this totally circumvents the whole purpose of the app but has become a fun pastime for many users.
    • Works Better Than Other Alarm Clocks 
    • Other creative locations that users have come up with include the ceiling of their room, a nightstand, or the floor. If you’re more serious about really getting up on time, then how about registering the bathroom sink or an item in the kitchen?
    • Google Play Store

  • Step Out Of Bed! Smart alarm clock
    • As the name "Step Out!" implied, the only way you can turn off this alarm clock is STEPPING out of your bed (you still can snooze - in a limited duration). It uses advanced image recognition and step tracking technologies to check whether you’re far away from your bed. 
    • After ringing, the app asks you to capture another photo of a specified place, it should be where you usually be every time you wake up, such as the bathroom, the kitchen, ... So you just take a photo and do your routine work like washing your face or preparing breakfast. 
    • Another alternative is using the step counter, which simplifies this process into just nothing. You wake up and go to wherever you want with the device. After reaching enough number of steps, the alarm will automatically turn off. It’s simply a smarter alarm with no additional action., You’ll love using it from the very first time. 
    • Review - I'm a heavy sleeper who usually manages to outsmart her phone and then fall back asleep. Not so with stubborn app, it drags me out of bed in order to shut it effectively wakes me by forcing me wander around my room. I've tried fooling it when very tried and failed each time, I have to say it's the best alarm I have.
    • Apple App Store
  • "Shake-it" alarm clock
    • Shake-it Alarm is a perfect effect alarm application by shaking the phone to turn off the alarm.
    • * Are you having a hard time waking up to the alarm sound?
      • Now shake your phone and start a bright morning!
    • * Don't hear the alarm well?
      • If you don't turn off the alarm on time, the text will go to the person you selected in advance.
    • You have two options, it goes off and you shake it until you fill a bar and it stops (takes some effort, really wakes you up) or you shout into it until the same. You can set your own alarm or it shouts at you in Korean.
    • Google Play Store
  • Sleep Cycle alarm clock
    • Waking up easy is all about timing. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. Waking up during light sleep feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock.
    • Sleep Cycles
    • While you sleep, you go through a cycle of sleep phases. The first phase is light sleep, followed by deep sleep and a dream state referred to as REM-sleep. A full sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes and is normally repeated several times each night.
    • Sleep Cycle alarm clock
    • Your movements vary with each sleep phase. Sleep Cycle uses the phone’s accelerometer to identify sleep phases by tracking movements in bed. Sleep Cycle then wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase, using a predefined 30-minute alarm window.
    • Apple App Store
    • Google Play Store
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