Smart Alarm Pro: iPhone Written App Review
Are you a snooze button addict? Perpetually late for work due to oversleeping? One of those people who can snooze through takeoff on an airplane? If you answered yes to any of these questions you’ll love the latest in digital alarm clock technology from Vapssky. Smart Alarm Pro not only lets you create custom alarms, it engages your brain, and the only way to turn off your alarm is to fire up those brain cells.
How does this ground-breaking alarm clock app deliver such mind boggling results? By making you complete simple, yet effective, puzzles to disable that annoying alarm clock sound. It’s hard to roll over and go back to sleep after a rousing game of tic-tac-toe, balloon pop or connect the dots, or solving a basic math problem. Your brain has met the day. It’s really a pretty smart idea, especially since there’s no quick and easy cheat to disable the alarm. Oh, sure. There’s an optional snooze you can turn on. But then your phone will keep reminding you to get up, over and over again, until you play the game.
For extra deep sleepers, this app offers some serious customization. You can turn off the optional snooze entirely if you’d like, or just use the app like a regular alarm clock without the games. Smart Alarm Pro supports eight different alarms with repeat functions, comes with a built in sleep timer that can pull music right from your iTunes library for your listening pleasure, and an extremely helpful app info section that makes using the app a snap. It even has a couple of tricks up its sleeves, like the shake to activate flashlight feature and a double tap touch that brings up a quick alarm screen.
As full featured alarm clocks go, Smart Alarm Pro is intelligent, unique and definitely delivers a whole new style of waking up. We’re pretty big fans.
Layout & Design:
The Smart Alarm Pro iPhone app comes with a collection of optional themes and several different clock styles. It is not a horrible extensive offering, but developers promise more to come. Using the app is pretty easy, with basic menus tucked into the sides of the screen when they aren’t being used for a clock friendly screen. When in doubt tap the info icon for helpful tips and tricks.
Like many apps, if you close Smart Alarm Pro it is not fully functional. A default alarm sound will still go off at your wake up time, but not the custom tone you chose and you have to tap a button to open the game as opposed to seeing it immediately.
Also, if you play the wakeup game and still want to snooze we ran into a bug in the balloon popping game. The alarm got stuck in an auto snooze cycle and we couldn’t disable it. We actually ended up uninstalling the app entirely to turn it off, but we could have waited through eight snooze cycles too. Of course, leaving the app open can be a battery drain, even with the app’s smart sleep mode. We suggest leaving your iPhone plugged in to avoid battery death by alarm clock.
Smart Alarm Pro costs $.99, and for that you get a really cool alarm app with planned upgrades, some really unique features and no ads. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. Stop fighting with your alarm clock. Get this app and wake up on time instead.
Smart Alarm Pro iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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