Neon Alarm Clock is a simple and effective alarm clock application that deserves a spot in our list of reviewed apps.
Neon Alarm is as simple as an alarm clock application could be. Once you turn it on you are presented with a clock with the current time and above that a list of alarm clocks available.
If the neon rim around the alarm clock is bright and there’s a “zZZz” sign above it, it means that it is active and will ring once the time comes. On the other hand if the neon rim is faded the alarm clock isn’t active.
Even though the application is based on simple premises there isn’t a lack of options for you to customize your wake up tune.
If you tap an alarm clock you will be presented with a analog clock in order to set the time for the alarm. In order to do so all you need to do is drag the dot to the hour you desire, tap the minutes and drag the dots to the minutes you want to set.
This is as simple as it gets, but if you want more customization you can tap the edit button on the bottom and this will open the full settings for the alarm.
In the full settings you can activate the alarm, set the time, enable motion controls, set the ringtone and the volume, etc.
So if you’re very picky about the way you wake up everyday you will definitely want to explore the settings bit of your alarm clock. Here are a few of what you find:
- Motion Controls: this will enable you to flip your phone to snooze the alarm clock, and shake it to deactivate the alarm.
- Alarm Sound: allows you to choose a system sound as an alarm or an mp3 file of your choosing.
- Gentle: this will allow you to set how quickly you want the volume of the alarm to increase until it reaches the max volume possible.
- Repetition: here you can choose which days of the week you want the alarm to ring, if any.
- Snooze: allows you to choose how much time passes before the alarm rings again.
- Vibration: turn it on if you want your device to vibrate when the alarm rings.
- Color: choose the neon rim around your alarm in order to better differentiate them.
And this is it when it comes to options for your alarm clock, more than enough in my humble opinion.
This is a great replacement for the standard alarm clock feature of Android, mainly because it allows you to snooze the alarm by flipping the device and shake it to turn it off besides having a slider in the display allowing you to slide left for snoozing and right for turning it off.
It also has a nighttime mode, if you swipe from left to right in the main screen the display will be dimmed and you will have the clock presented to you when you unlock your device in the middle of the night.
It is a shame that the display doesn’t take any hint from the luminosity sensor and keeps the brightness at a minimum at all times. To leave the nighttime mode all you have to do is tap the screen.
The tutorial presented to you the first time you use the application is pretty neat and clues you in for the major functions of the Neon Alarm, but there should be something that would tell you about the advanced features, like the motions and the nighttime mode. The only way I discovered them was by going to the Google Play page and reading the description and that defeats the purpose of the tutorial.
Well the versions we had in for testing different slightly when it came to the interface, as I believe the paid version we have is a little older than the free one. But interface stuff apart, the functionality is pretty much there, aside from choosing an MP3 ringtone and the rim color in the free version. The alarm still functions the same way and everything still works.
So if you don’t mind having a little advertising in the settings and don’t care about an MP3 ringtone to wake up you can stick to the free version, or change to the paid version, which costs just 1.59€ to support the developers for the great work.
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ Android Emotions