Wednesday, January 18, 2012

3 Best Free Alarm Clock Apps for Android Compared

There are plenty of alarm clock apps on the Android Market available either as free, free and ad-supported or as paid apps. Among the crowd of alarm clock apps, you will find three apps that stand out by virtue of the number of votes received and the number of successful downloads and install. They are Alarm Clock Extreme, Alarm Clock Plus and Alarm Droid. The purpose of this article is to compare these three apps and determine which serves the best for the purpose of waking you up in the morning.

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Like all basic alarm clock apps, Alarm Clock Extreme, Alarm Clock Plus and Alarm Droid allows you set multiple alarms configured to ring at different times of the day or days of the week. All 3 apps support snooze feature, multiple choice of ringtones, timers, auto snooze, and even employ sadistic methods like forcing you to solve math problems before you can stop the alarm.

Below is a feature-by-feature comparison of the three alarm clock apps.

 

Alarm Clock Extreme

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Alarm Clock Plus

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Alarm Droid

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Alarm Type

- Play built-in ringtones
- Play music
- Play random song by artist
- Play random song from the playlist
- Launch application of your choice
- Vibration
- Gradually increase volume

- Play built-in ringtones
- Play music
- Launch application
- Flash LED light
- Speak time
- Speak weather
- Vibration
- Gradually increase volume

- Play built-in ringtones
- Play music
- Play playlist
- Play internet stream
- Speak time
- Speak weather
- Vibration
- Gradually increase volume

Alarm Repeat

- Selected days of week
- Disable alarm during vacation mode

- Selected days of week

- Selected days of week
- Odd or even weeks

Snooze/Dismiss Method

Snooze using
- screen button
- volume button
- shake phone
- solve math problem (5 levels of difficulty)
- solve captcha (dismiss only)

Snooze using
- screen button
- volume button
- shake phone
- solve math problem (5 levels of difficulty)

Snooze using
- screen button
- volume button
- power button
- shake phone
- flip phone
- solve math problem

Snooze Protection

- Disable snooze
- Decrease snooze duration automatically after each snooze
- Set maximum number of snooze allowed

- Disable snooze
- Set maximum number of snooze allowed

- Disable snooze
- Require long presses to snooze or dismiss
- Set maximum number of snooze allowed

Hourly alarm

- No

- Yes. Sound ringtone, speak time or weather

- Yes. Speak time every 5 minutes up to 1 hour

Others

- Homescreen widgets
- Backup alarms and settings
- Short nap alarm or countdown timer
- Customize appearance
- 1.11 MB install size
- Cannot be moved to SDcard

- Homescreen widgets
- Backup alarms and settings
- Short nap alarm or countdown timer
- Customize appearance
- 3.28 MB install size
- Cannot be moved to SDcard

- Homescreen widgets
- Backup alarms and settings
- Short nap alarm or countdown timer
- Customize appearance
- 2.73 MB install size
- Cannot be moved to SDcard

Decision Maker

  • Need random ringtones everyday? Pick Alarm Clock Extreme or Alarm Droid
  • Need speaking alarm clock? Pick Alarm Clock Plus or Alarm Droid
  • Hard to getup type? Pick Alarm Clock Plus or Alarm Clock Extreme and set math difficulty to hard or very hard
  • Low in phone memory? Pick Alarm Clock Extreme

Screenshots

Alarm Clock Plus

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Alarm Clock Extreme

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Alarm Droid

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Photo credit: BigStockPhoto

5 comments:

  1. You forgot to mention if the clocks have a countup or countdown feature.
    Also, whether for repeating alarms, the week begins with Sunday or Monday.

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  2. The clocks have a countdown timer. It's mentioned in the table.

    For repeating alarms, does it matter if the week begins with Sunday or Monday, as long as you can configure the alarm for each day?

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  3. Perfect breakdown - thank you so much!

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  4. did this alarm keep working even the phone is power off?

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