Radio Alarm Clock: Written iPhone App Review
If you’re like me, you hate waking up early in the morning. Sometimes you have to, though, so why not try to make it a pleasant experience? Radio Alarm Clock, developed by EnSight Media, is somewhat of a veteran in the alarm app category. It has been recommended by numerous popular websites and has a 4 star rating in the App Store.
Concept and Functionality:
I must admit, I’m a sucker for beautiful apps. Radio Alarm Clock is nothing short of gorgeous. Adopting a fine-tuned vintage look, it almost seems like a time machine. I’ve never seen such a unique design for an alarm clock app. It’s easy to use and navigate, and you won’t have any trouble setting a new alarm schedule.
When you open the app, you’re greeted with an analog clock and the date, along with various app controls. You can easily turn your alarm on or off, enable or disable the radio, and enable the sleep function. Also, there are multiple themes available for the main screen.
The greatest aspect of Radio Alarm Clock is the integration of SHOUTcast. Even if you don’t have an iDevice which is packed with hours of tunes, you can choose from tens of thousands of radio stations from all around the world. This is perfect if you’re tired of using a ringtone or boring buzzer as a means of waking you up.
For nap lovers, there’s even a comprehensive sleep feature which allows you to listen to the radio, your own music, nature sounds, and even audiobooks and podcasts.
One of the best features within Radio Alarm Clock is the radio function itself. You don’t have to set an alarm in order to enjoy music from all around the globe. This is perfect if you’re just looking for a bit of background music without having to download a separate app or subscribe to a popular streaming service.
Another great feature is the ability to search for specific radio stations using a number of methods. You can find them by keyword, country, state, genre, and even custom URL. The only difficult part about viewing radio stations by state or country (non-SHOUTcast stations) is that they’re not organized by genre. Unfortunately this means that unless you know the callsign of the station you’re looking for, it’s a shot in the dark.
Lastly, there are numerous alarm features to help you wake up more efficiently. You can shake your phone to snooze the alarm and even limit the number of times you can snooze. You can also set the duration of the snooze function. Do you need to manage multiple alarms for different days? No worries! Radio Alarm Clock allows you to set multiple alarms.
What happens if you accidentally leave your headphones plugged in? You can tell Radio Alarm Clock which source to use to play your alarm. This is perfect for early morning wakeup calls or a quick snooze on the bus or train.
Radio Alarm Clock is free for a limited time, but will be $1.99 once this sale is over. Even then, this is an app you can’t afford to pass up if you rely on an alarm. Some users have reported crashes with the app, and it must be left to run in the background for it to work. If you rely on an alarm to wake you up, you should always use your iDevice’s native alarm app as a backup in case of an app crash. Radio Alarm Clock seemed pretty stable while I tested it on my iPhone 4, though, so hopefully this isn’t an issue.
Radio Alarm Clock is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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