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Sometimes, the regular clock apps that come with just aren’t enough. They’re fine for simple things, and features like Smart Alarm make them decent, but that’s all it can do. In any case, if you’re not happy with the stock alarm clock, there’s only one thing you can do – get a new one.
However, there are plenty of alarm clocks out there, so making the right choice on your first try can be difficult. So what’s the best one out there?
About Alarm Clock Ultra
Alarm Clock Ultra is one of the most comprehensive clock apps on Google Play simply by its large amount of features. The app does come in free and paid versions, but the free version has plenty of features to keep you satisfied. From new alarm sounds to quick sleep alarms for your daily power naps to a little surprise that I’ll reveal a little farther down.
Installation is easy as pie. Simply search for Alarm Clock Ultra in the Google Play Store on your phone, or followin your browser. Hit Install, and you’re already done! Compared to a lot of previous Android apps that I’ve reviewed, this one does not have an iOS counterpart, so those users might have better luck next time!
Getting right into the app, the first thing you’ll see is the clock itself. Besides showing the time, date, and battery level, there are also buttons in the bottom left and top right corners of the clock. The bottom left button lets you adjust the brightness while the top right button turns it into night mode, where the brightness is extremely low but the screen does not turn off, which is perfect for an alarm clock. It’s better if you try it out than me trying to explain it.
The app doesn’t have any menus that are available through the menu button on your phone, but you can navigate the app via the buttons on the very bottom of your screen. The next screen is where you can configure alarms, and there are plenty of settings you can change. Besides the basics, you can choose to play random sounds, gradual alarm increase, length, methods to dismiss and snooze (including puzzles and math), snooze length and maximum limit, math difficulty, and more. In other words, you can tweak just about everything imaginable about your alarm.
The next screen is for your quick sleep alarms, a.k.a. power naps. Here you can simply choose your desired length of 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes and then hit quick sleep. Your phone will immediately start counting down until it’s time to wake you up again.
In case you don’t like the stock stopwatch or timer, or your phone simply doesn’t have one (it’s happened to me before), then the next screen is all about a stopwatch and timer. These I hopefully don’t have to explain to you, but if you don’t know what they do, just try them out.
As the last little secret goodie, Alarm Clock Ultra also has an egg timer, where you can adjust your preference as well as the size of the egg. The app also displays instructions on what to do so that you get exactly the right egg.
The final screen displays all of the app’s settings. There are some pretty interesting ones too, such as a selection of backgrounds, different icons, shake sensitivity, night mode, vacation mode, and a double tap flashlight setting. This is very useful as well when you can use your phone as a flashlight, directly from the app.
The paid version of Alarm Clock Ultra also contains a few more features, such as social media updates and current weather directly on the clock. They’re pretty cool features to have, but don’t really add functionality to the clock itself.
Alarm Clock Ultra is a really nifty app that can easily be called a “super app” for alarm clocks. I’m surprised that I haven’t discovered this app before, but I’m glad that I have now and I must say that I’m impressed with it. Give it a try and you might say the same!
What do you think is better, Android’s stock clock or Alarm Clock Ultra? Is there a clock app better than either of those two? Let us know in the comments!
Image Credit: Lady Pain (Marta Manso)