Waking up in the morning is a very personal thing. You can either get up easily with just a subtle sound to alert you, or you have to be kicked out of bed, and still might fall asleep on the floor for 10 more minutes.
This week, we’ve got a list of some of the best alarm clock apps that are sure to wake you up when you need to. You’ll never have to worry about being late to work again…
Of course, every one knows about Rise since it is this week’s App of the Week. It is very easy to set up. To set an alarm, drag your finger up or down on the clock to pick a time. Then, tap the screen to finetune it. Make a playlist for falling asleep to, and shake your iPhone to hit the “snooze bar.” Turn off the alarm by pulling the screen to the left or right. You can change the alarm sound to one of 16 different chimes, including “Grandma’s Alarm” and “Babbling Brook.” Tap and hold the clock to change designs to day view, night view, and even camera view with a transparent clock. This app is available for free.
If you are the kind of person who has a difficult time waking up after you’ve turned off your alarm, this app may help keep you from being late for work. The only way it shuts off is if you stand up and get out of bed. It uses advanced image recognition and step tracking technology to make sure you don’t fall back to sleep. Take a picture to prove that you are making coffee instead of snoozing, or brushing your teeth instead of resting your eyes. It includes a fully functioning alarm with vibrating feature, a sleep timer so you can listen to your music as you doze off, and more. This app is available for $0.99.
This basic alarm clock app lets you set your time from your current location, or from a drop down list of locations. It shows the current time and temperature for the selected region. The wake up music changes according to the weather and a voice will recite the time, day, and current conditions. You can share the time and temperature of your present location to Facebook, Twitter, and more. The background view is different, depending on the day of the week. The app’s music was written by award winning songwriters specifically for the alarm clock. This app is available for free.
Another app that works over time to make sure you are not going to fall back asleep is the Wake N Shake Alarm Clock. You’ll have to shake, shudder, and convulse your way out of bed. The app forces you to shake away the color until it leaves the screen entirely. It includes a strobe light to make sure those earplugs don’t keep you from noticing the alarm going off. There are 24 different alert chimes to keep your mornings lively. You can even earn achievements for your shaking skills. This app is available for $1.99.
The exact opposite of alarms, like Wake N Shake and Step Out!, this app lets you flip your phone over to turn off the sound. It features a gesture-based user interface so you can set and edit alarms easily. You can also create up to eight repeating alarms. So, if you get up at different times every day of the week, you won’t have to reset a new alarm each time. Choose from three different wake settings. If you need the extra jolt, set the shake alarm. If it is easy for you to get out of bed, set the swipe alarm. If you plan on hitting the snooze button anyway, set the Slap and Flip alarm. This app is available for $1.99.
What are some of your favorite alarm clock apps? Do you wake up automatically to your own internal clock, or does someone have to dump a bucket of water on you to get you out of bed? Let us know in the comments below.