Warmly – a gentle alarm clock
Jun 17, 2013 11:59 AM –
Warmly is a cool and innovative alarm app that aims to wake you nicely, rather than with shrilling alarm rings that have you fumbling carelessly for the snooze button. The app is fantastically easy to use and allows you to wake up to an assortment of noises which let you come round pleasantly. If you loathe getting up to nasty alarm blasts, this could be your remedy.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Let you wake up in a more natural way!
- Easy to use!
- Nice design!
- Lets you know what the weather is like outside!
If you’re someone who loves your bed and hates the morning routine of getting up, Warmly is just the app you might appreciate. Instead of having an alarm sound kick in, waking you with a jolt, it instead offers a series of pleasant sounds which help you rise from slumber. On the list include; the sound of a cooked breakfast sizzling, a coffee percolator, relaxing airport noises or relaxing train journeys, monosyllabic radio broadcasts and pet sounds. There’s even a zen-like monastery chanting to wake up to! The sound actually begins a few minutes before your alarm is due to go off and starts off extremely quietly, raising in volume when the pre-set time actually arrives.
The app is very simply designed and sounds are rich and of good quality. I’m not a huge fan of waking up to a dog barking, or even a cat mewling, but serious animal lovers might. The effect the other sounds have on your sleeping is that they kind of gently infuse themselves on your consciousness and rouse you in a peaceful way, rather than being woken up sharply. You wake up comfortably (even if you happen to have had a ‘heavy’ night beforehand!) Not only this, but the app will give you an indication as to what the weather is like, which is pretty useful. Here’s a little video intro:
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The app works much like any other alarm application; set the time, select the sound (sounds can be previewed by holding down on their icon) and you even get a notification which lets you know the alarm is set. Essentially, if you have used an alarm app before, you’ll find this a doddle.
I think I’d like to see a greater range of sounds, although I tend to favour the radio sound to wake up to and do use Warmly as my own means of waking up. I like the design of Warmly and I like what it does, but I’d perhaps like to see more functionality, perhaps the ability to have different sounds of different days or the ability to randomize. Still, it’s a nice app and, although it costs money, I certainly won’t be going to back to shrill alarms any time soon!
Here’s a longer demo:
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Warmly – Intro
Warmly – Alarm
Warmly – Setting
Warmly – Scheduling
Warmly – Notice
Warmly – Notification
Warmly – Snooze
If you loathe getting up, but absolutely need to, this is arguably a far nice way of doing so compared to a horribly shrill alarm clock. There are a range of sounds to choose from, the app will also show you the weather outside and even let you snooze if you choose to.
Ease of Use:
The app is incredibly simple to use. Just set the time, select your sound of choice and click OK.
This is essentially something you will use on a daily basis. Unfortunately though, you can only have one setting so are unable to set multiple alarms.
The interface is minimalistic but very crisp and well designed. It would be nice to see more options and customisation, but the app works and performs well.