Developer: Tiny Hearts Limited
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Find it tough to wake up? I know the feeling. While I struggle to get to sleep at night, I have as much trouble trying to wake up. That snooze button is all too tempting. Wake Alarm is out to stop any such problems and ensure that one gets up at the time they want to.

wakealarm2Immediately simple to look at, the app works on a scroll wheel basis, one that’s immediately reminiscent of the classic iPod interface. Simply spin the virtual dial to set the alarm and away it goes. That’s the most basic way to use Wake Alarm, but there’s a little more to it.

For one thing, there’s the option of 12 different sound clips. Each is rather annoying but in an useful way, for those who struggle to rise. Clips such as the annoyingly chirpy “Wake Upbeat” and the near aggressive “Boot Camp” are sure to get the user going in the morning. Wake Alarm has another trick up its sleeve to ensure that no one succumbs to the snooze button, though, via the different styles. Users have the choice of going the traditional means in which to shut their alarm up, via Slap & Flip, where slapping initiates snooze and flipping switches the alarm off. Much more physical, however, is that of Shake which requires plenty of shaking of the iOS device in order to stop it. Stick it on Hard mode, and expect quite the workout in the morning. By the end, it’ll be easier to just get up. There’s always the Slide option for those wanting a more serene awakening.

Excluding the Slap & Flip mode, there’s no need to keep Wake Alarm running onscreen so it’s a very handy tool to have on standby. It’s certainly managed to wake me up a lot faster than the regular stock app, and it’s quite fun trying out the different modes.

Simple to use and covering all the relevant bases, such as recurring alarms, it’s tough to fault Wake Alarm.

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