Wake is a Beautiful Alarm App for iPhone
I am a heavy sleeper. Not only do I sleep a lot, waking up early in the morning is a huge task in itself. So I usually set multiple alarms to ensure I do wake up in time. Earlier this week, I got access to a new alarm app for iPhone titled Wake Alarm. I have to say, Wake has left me super impressed.
The most notable thing about Wake is how stunning it is on your screen. It has a really simple UI, but one that’s been crafted to pixel perfection. There’s a neat gradient from top to botton and a single circular clock-face that sits in the center and shows you the current time. Rotating the dial changes the clock to alarm mode, where you can set the time you want the alarm to fire up. Tapping on the hour count jumps the dial by hours and tapping on the minutes progressed the dial movement by minutes. Wake also has this unique feature that I really like, where instead of turning the dial, you can simply tap once at the corresponding place on the clock face and the count will jump to that. This makes setting the alarm insanely easy with just a few taps. As you tap the little checkmark at the top to save the alarm, the clock-face transitions away towards the top. Pulling downwards from the top reveals all the alarms currently set in Wake, both active & inactive. To toggle each alarm between the ON & OFF states, you pull each one down and leave. Tapping and holding them down lets you delete them. Swiping left to right on the clock-face toggles between the night mode and normal mode, very helpful if you like leaving your phone on the side-table as you sleep. Swiping the other way takes you to the app’s settings.
Wake also comes with three distinctively amazing alarm styles — Slap & Flip, Shake and Swipe. The Slap & Flip mode lets you snooze the alarm by covering the phone’s screen with the palm of your hand and turn it off by flipping it over. The Shake mode is for heavy sleepers like me, where you have to vigorously shake the phone to turn it off. The Swipe mode, as the name suggests, involves swiping down on the screen to snooze and up to turn the alarm off. I’ve set the mode to Shake and have been pretty happy with it.
I absolutely love how beautifully Wake has been crafted and really like its gesture based UI for quickly setting alarms. Wake also comes bundled with two of my favorite alarm tunes that I’ve heard so far — Wake Upbeat and Retro Power Up. If not the former, the latter definitely manages to wake me up in the morning. The app also comes with some brilliant little sounds making the whole experience impressively better. All this while, I was just using the default Clock app for my alarms, but Wake has easily managed to change that. Available at $1.99 on the App Store, I definitely recommend getting it.