Wake Up, Stay Updated with Alarm Clock Connect

Price: $.99     Score: 9/10     By A. PapachristosAlarm

Waking up can be quite difficult sometimes.  When you’re wrapped up warm and snug in your bed, your alarm can be the greatest annoyance of them all, and nothing beats the extremely loud, disruptive alarm sounds that come standard in most scenarios.  However, with Alarm Clock Connect by McLean Mobile Solutions, Inc, users can calmly wake to their own music, while also accessing Facebook, Twitter, their calendar and the day’s weather forecast all before they get out of bed!

When you start up, Alarm Clock Connect will initially ask to access your location, which will help provide you with the most accurate weather forecast for your area.  At the top of the screen, you will constantly see a digital clock displaying the current time, which you can adjust to display in 12 or 24-hour mode.  The bottom half of the screen allows users to swipe through the rest of the options offered, including a Dimming panel that allows the application to run with minimal light while you sleep, as well as the Weather, Calendar, Music Player, Facebook and Twitter panels.

The first feature you will want to adjust is, of course, the alarm clock.  With its extremely customizable options, users will wake up exactly as they wish.  Users may choose their alarm’s sound, selecting from any music already loaded on their iPod or one of the alternative sounds that comes with Alarm Clock Connect.  These alternative sounds also come in handy when you wish to use your alarm outside of the application itself.  (In order to leave the app but still have the alarm sound as desired, users must make sure they enable the Local Notification option under Settings.)  Set a one-time or recurring alarm, even set multiple alarms for various times of the day.  You also have the option to include a note with each alarm.

The Weather panel presents users with the current temperature (in Celsius or Fahrenheit) and weather forecast, as well as the predicted weather for the next few days based upon your current location.  In fact, your background image will reflect the current weather conditions and time of day. Users may also listen to any media from their iPod library, which operates separately from the alarm music.  Here, users can set a timer of 15, 30 or 60 minutes so they may lull themselves to sleep without having songs play throughout the night.

With the Calendar panel, users will find the date and a list of any and all events they have planned for that day, which you can add to or edit directly within the application.  The final two panels, Facebook and Twitter, allow you to sign into the popular social networks, allowing you to quickly access your feeds and update your status on both networks right from within the Alarm Clock Connect.  Though Settings does not have an obviously visible panel, users simply need to tap and rag the friction point below the clock down to reveal a screen that allows you to enable or disable the Local Notifications option, choose between Celsius and Fahrenheit displays, and adjust you alarm fade-in and volume preferences.

For a demonstration video of what Alarm Clock Connect has to offer, visit their website.  To try out Alarm Clock Connect before you buy, test the key features using Alarm Clock Connect Lite.  Trust me, you’ll be buying the full version in no time!

Alarm Clock Connect [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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