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With music alarms, a built-in sleep timer, weather info, customizable photo backgrounds, and an included shake-on / shake-off flashlight, Nightstand Central turns your device into the ultimate bedside hub.
Wake up to your favorite tunes and drift into sleep a little easier with the included sleep timer. You can play everything from music playlists to relaxing sounds, with additional support for audio from other applications. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, just shake to toggle the included flashlight, and shake again to turn it off. And when you wake up, see the current weather conditions before you even get out of bed.
Nightstand Central is equally at home away from the bedside, as well. Stand your device on a desk or coffee table and use it as a beautiful photo frame with heads-up time and weather information.
Almost everything about Nightstand Central can be tweaked to fit your personality, for example:
-Pick wallpapers from your Photo Album and Nightstand Central will automatically cycle the background image among these how ever often you'd like. You can mix and match your own photos and any of the gorgeous included wallpapers, as well.
-Set up different music alarm playlists for different days. You can even make your alarm gently fade in - it's all up to you.
-Configure the clock / weather HUD to make it bigger, smaller, centered, or move it off to one side or the other
If you'd like, give away your old, standalone alarm clock, and replace it with something that truly stands out - your iDevice and Nightstand Central.
Clock and Weather
-Works in Portrait and Landscape Orientations
-12 or 24 hour time format
-Show / Hide seconds
-Current and accurate weather conditions for almost anywhere in the world.
-Use your own Apple Music songs / playlists or one of 27 built in alarm sounds
-Repeating alarms on certain days of the week
-Adjustable alarm volume
-Adjustable snooze time
-Set your iPhone to vibrate during an alarm, either with sound or only vibration
-Fade in option, so you can wake up gently
-Alarm works even if device is sleeping or screen is locked
-Shake to snooze option
Unique Sleep Timer
-Fall asleep to your favorite music, relaxing sounds, or even audio from apps like Spotify or Pandora (sleep timer only). Nightstand Central will automatically pause the playback after the time interval that you've set.
-Shake your device to toggle an included flashlight that's actually quite bright.
Wallpaper and display
-Multiple wallpaper support: If you’d like, select more than one photo to use as wallpaper, and let Nightstand Central automatically cycle through them however often you choose.
-Choose from over 30 gorgeous included wallpapers, or add your own photos.
-Easily customize the position of the clock / weather display
Added a setting to change the color of the clock display (this can be found in Nightstand Central's settings, under Settings -> Widget Font Color). I want to warn you that this probably looks better set to White, as this is what Nightstand has been designed for. It's up to you to experiment, though!
Thank you! -Thomas
Ratings and Reviews
The BEST alarm clock app, BUT...
I would absolutely buy this app again--you should but it too!! It's the best alarm clock with the perfect features, BUT there are a couple of things about it that are really frustrating. Wish it had a screen lock function--I frequently turn off my alarm by accident when I'm trying to hit the snooze button because the darn screen flip-flops like a tilt-a-whirl when I pick it up off the night stand (I leave it face down to cover the screen, which still emits light even when it's fully dimmed--and it must stay on/unlocked to be able to work with the iPhone). The spinning screen is extremely frustrating; a screen lock would be a tremendous improvement. It could also be improved with an alarm time posted on the picture screen instead of just a teeny tiny clock icon, and the icon (or preferably the alarm time) could be a lot bigger and better positioned. You have to touch the icon to open the alarm settings menu, and the alarm icon is too far up in the corner--it's actually difficult for me to touch that tiny icon with my super-anti-shatter protective case that covers the edge of my screen by a fraction of an inch. To summarize--this is a great clock app with the best features, but there's room for improvement if iPhone compatibility will allow for such changes.
Works fairly well...
My initial review was in January 2015 after only 30-days of use, and I liked it then, and I still like it now. My only complaint at that time was it struggled with changing orientations on the iPhone 5S. Since the advent of the larger iPhone Plus, landscape mode is no longer necessary to get a decent view. It's quite attractive when mounted on a vertical stand whereby I can set revolving screen savers every so often. I also like the ability to swipe my finger up or down to adjust the brightness. I can set it low enough while still being able to read it but not so bright to annoy me when I'm trying to sleep.
Unfortunately, while it's active, it seems to cancel out the iPhone's 'Do Not Disturb' setting and for light sleepers, this can be a problem. Either I become used to it, or I just don't receive very many notices throughout the night, so I still use it. Also, it occasionally turns off during the evening. Occasionally I wake up and observe the screen is off. Again, perhaps the 'Do Not Disturb' setting is somehow canceled and returns the iPhone back to normal automatic sleep mode. So, after a year and 10-months, I still can't raise my rating above four.
In and of itself, it is not a bad app. It does what it is supposed to, but it was trying to replace my Yacto Alarm Clock on my iTouch, which ISO 9 rendered defunct, and it is a poor replacement. Main complaints: •😕• Despite having specific songs from a specific playlist selected, it often reaches out and grabs some random song from my collection - usually louder & rockier than the ones I choose to wake up to making me jump out of my skin. •🤔• The background art I've selected is enlarged so pictures are chopped off and the light/dark ratio is throw off making them too bright. •😡• Trying to adjust the size of the time widget freaks it out, reduces app screen to 3/4 and then it doesn't save the adjustment and has to be reopened to fix the screen.
If you want a basic alarm clock that is reasonably easy to use, lets you set multiple alarms with specific parameters (certain days, etc), with a decent selection of preloaded alarm sounds, you'll like this one. It's a 5 star basic alarm app. If you intend to use the advanced features because you are looking for one to replace Yacto Alarm Clock, keep looking.
- Thomas Huntington
- 78.8 MB
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Thomas Huntington
- In-App Purchases
- Remove ads $2.99
- Premium Package $2.99
- Lullaby Sleep Timer $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.