Life Time Alarm Clock
A good-looking and powerful alarm clock app with intuitive controls
Free, with in-app-purchases
4.0 and up
An alarm clock is a tool everyone needs, and every dumb-to-smartphone has it. The spectrum of functionalities a well-designed alarm clock app can give you is limitless. There are many competitors in this field in the play store. Life Time Alarm Clock is relatively new one in the show.
After the critically-acclaimed app Timely has raised the bar in aesthetics for the time management apps for android, few apps are there which did manage to impress me by looks, and being functionally efficient at the same time. This app presents a minimalistic look based on the Android L design parameters, without being heavy on the graphics and animations.
After opening the app, you get a screen welcoming you with a beautiful clock, date and the next alarm. Tap the clock and the theme changes to dark. There are a few options beneath the next alarm time, I’ll come to this later.
Swipe the screen, and you are in the second tab, “Alarms”. Here you can find your set alarms in a beautiful cards view, complete with an icon, a colour code, and a name assigned by you. The turned-off ones are greyed.
The top middle area of the screen curates a “+” button, tap it to add a new alarm. It promptly presents you with three options: “Peaceful Wake”, “Everyday”, and “Fast and Hard”, quite self-explanatory choices with preset templates.
Tap a template and the real beauty of the app unveils. This app takes the new google-default time picking window to the next level. You are presented with two sliders, representing two hands of the clock, which you can move along the clock to set time. One of the other two very useful options in this page is ability to create a “Pre-Alarm” quiet window, which comes in help when you are already awake and don’t want the alarm to go off. The other one is to define the snooze limit. Both again comes with the slider view. You can also select the days of the week you want your alarm. All set.
So your new alarm is ready and it pops up in the Alarms tab of the app. Tap it and you can change the set time, turn the alarm off, delete or play with finer settings. There are also options to copy or move settings of one alarm to another, a good touch.
Tap the “tone and settings” option in the dropdown menu and the plethora of the options reveals to you. The options are grouped into small cards, giving it a simpler look.
- Adding a name to the alarm and grouping it.
- Changing the alarm tone, volume and fade-in time. The app lets you choose tones from your music library, or you can use the default tones packed with the app. IMO, they’re pretty!
- Turning on or off vibration.
- Adding an icon to your alarm, colour-coding it or changing the card size for extra importance.
- Options about snoozing. You can turn on the sensor-based “Flip to snooze” feature, which works like a breeze, or you can fiddle with more granular details.
- Adding a math or memory challenge to help you overcome the procrastination. You can set custom difficulties and durations.
- Advanced options like setting maximum ring time and keeping display on/dimmed to save juice.
The app has in-general settings like toggling a notification in the status bar, changing time format and the first day of week. It also has an option to set an app as wake up app in case you are habituated to listening podcasts or browsing twitter after waking up.
There is a small overflow menu in the ‘Clock’ tab just below the next alarm time which lets you skip, push back or prepone the next alarm only. A nice touch indeed when you want the alarm to adjust for a single day, and in time thereafter.
This is a free app with a beautiful design and lots of useful settings. If you are in search of a good clock app, this may be all you need. The dev promised new updates with timer, cloud integration and an alarm tone store. We’ll keep you posted.
Loads of customization options
Optimized for tabs
No sync feature yet
Doesn't use the default alarm feature of android, so no system integration unlike Timely
No stopwatch or timer for now