Progressive Alarm Clock for iPad
By Bradley Fullmer
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Progressive Alarm Clock will wake you up gently and gradually using the beautiful sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl. At the specified alarm time, the bells will begin to ring in a pre-defined pattern - starting out softly and slowly and gradually getting louder and more frequent. You'll come out of your slumber slowly and peacefully. No more being jolted awake.
+ After setting the alarm, the app can be put in the background - allowing you to use other apps. At the specified alarm time, the alarm pattern will begin.
+ Choose from five pre-defined patterns with varying bell schedules and escalation lengths.
+ Choose from six different bells of varying size and metal compositions - from bright and clean to deep and complex with lovely overtones.
+ Edit the patterns to create your own bell schedules or modify the defaults. Make the patterns as long or as short as you want, escalate the volumes as you please - you have complete control over the pattern definitions.
+ You may enter journal notes upon awakening - great for recording your dreams before the memory fades. You can then go back and review your journal entries and you may export the journal via email. For privacy, you may set a password to prevent unauthorized access.
+ To save battery, you may lock your iPad's screen and the alarm will still work. Either start the alarm and press the lock (sleep) button, or turn on the "Auto-Lock" setting.
+ Optionally hide the time display until the screen is tapped.
+ Optionally use your own photo as a wake up image that will gradually fade in as the alarm pattern escalates.
+ These bell sounds are simply amazing - here are some app store comments pertaining to the bells:
"Best sounding bells of any meditation app so far" - sibergrrl
"The bell samples in this app are gorgeous" - LairBob
"Several different bell sounds to choose from and they all feel 'live'" - VaderPi
"Great Sound Quality" - KarlAgathon
"The tones are stunning" - hellsleeve
"Beautiful bell sounds" - Wolf94114
"Wonderful digital bell sounds" - zenji
"The bell sounds are lovely" - pngwen
- Six wake up colors
- Snooze from 1 minute to 30 minutes
- Sure Wake: Optional LOUD backup sound to ensure that you cannot sleep through the alarm
- Seven colors available for time display
- Optionally keep device from sleeping
What's New in Version 5.1.1
+ iOS 8 Support
+ Bug Fixes
Fantastic Alarm Clock
I wrote my original review after I first purchased the App. Everything in it still holds true for this latest version. This is the best Alarm Clock period.
After the IOS update broke the volume control I was very happy to see an update come out to fix the issue. I still have the two items on my wish list and hope they are accommodated one day. I would even purchase a new version if it provided the extra functionality.
**********below is my original review***********
This Alarm clock is great. The numbers are easy to see. The gradual increase in the loudness of the bells works perfectly and it's ease of use can't be beat. I use this app as my primary alarm clock even when I am on the road.
Only two options I would like to see added.
1. I would like the ability to disable the alarm and simply use this app as a clock without having to worry about the alarm going off needlessly.
2. I would love to be able to occasionally select one of the songs on my iPad to use instead of the bells. The slow increase in volume would work perfectly for some "new age" soundtracks. Sound of rain forests, waterfalls, songbirds, etc. would be perfect to use in this app.
Even without the two items on my wish list I still rate this app 5 stars.
Makes me wake up better
I am a horrible sleeper and mornings are the worst, but I really think this clock has helped train me how to wake up, which has led to me being able to fall asleep better, too. I use one of the longer ring patterns and I just wake up. When I first got the clock I did use the entire 20 min to wake, but now even when the tones are very quiet and have not built up to full volume I gently wake up. If you aren't used to this style of alarm clock, it may take a little getting used to, but completely worth it
The trouble with most alarm clocks is that they won't give you a second to just wake up naturally without pushing a button. The ability to choose how long between gongs is a lifesaver for me. I set the gongs to be over a minute apart so I can slowly wake up and hit the "Stop" button at my own pace before a second gong strikes. I don't need an alarm clock to frustrate me awake! A gentle reminder is all I want. Progressive Alarm lets me choose how to wake up. Perfect!