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Gentle Alarm: A Gentler Way to Wake Up

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Overthought, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Overthought

    Overthought New Member
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    May 31, 2010
    If you're anything like me (and I assume you are, since you too own an Android device), waking up in the morning is often an unpleasant experience. The loud, abrupt sound of an alarm going off may do well to get you to work on time, but it is often at the expense of feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Enter Gentle Alarm, which offers an easier, gentler way to get up in the morning.

    Gentle Alarm's system is based on sleep-cycle theory, which in a nutshell states that as the night goes on, you drift between deeper and lighter sleep, roughly every 30 minutes toward the time you would wake up. If you are woken up during deeper sleep, you will feel groggy and tired; if woken up during lighter sleep, you will feel refreshed. Gentle Alarm taps into this idea in a deceptively simple way - it has the option of setting a pre-alarm, which plays at a much lower volume 30 minutes before the set alarm time. If you are in light sleep, this alarm will fully awaken you. However, if you are in deep sleep at this time, you will continue to sleep until the second, louder alarm plays at the set time. It may seem like a small change from your standard alarm, but it is remarkably effective.

    Gentle Alarm also distinguishes itself from other alarm apps on the market in its options and customization. Oh, the options! Want a less abrupt alarm? You have the option of fading in the volume for both pre-alarm and alarm. Afraid you'll sleep through this new, gentler alarm? You have the option setting a "safe alarm," which will play a loud alarm at the end of a set period of time. Don't want to have the same alarm every day? You can make profiles and set them to individual days. Gentle Alarm also supports playlists, vibration-only alarm, and an "are-you-awake test" in the settings that you need to solve in order to turn off the alarm, as well as featuring a night-mode and flip-to-snooze.

    The options, however, do come at a price - initial setup is quite lengthy, and even before the setup, there is a long text explanation of the features and sleep-cycle theory itself. It seems to be a necessary evil with an app that is this fully-featured, but if you are someone who is more interested in an alarm you can set and forget quickly, or do not really care to customize what you hear first thing in the morning, Gentle Alarm may not be for you.

    That said, if you care about the way you wake up in the morning and are willing to take the time to set profiles, this app is easily worth the market price. It has been the experience of this reviewer that Gentle Alarm does indeed live up to its name.



  2. ronrule

    ronrule Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    I've had this app since I got my evo and generally like it. I wish it came with some recommended and popular alarm profiles that I could choose from! Sometimes I don't know where to start with all the options. What profiles have you set that work for you? So far all I know is I like the vibration as a pre-alarm and a playlist of midlake as the main alarm.
  3. Can someone please tell me where i can find the are you awake test in the settings? That option will be valuable to me. For the most part i like the clock, if someone knows where the are you awake test is. I'm going to buy the app.:D

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