Features & Use
Immediately after the first opening of "Alarm Clock," the main screen of the app appears - which is a simple analog clock with plain, dark color. You'll also see the day of the week and the date.
When you tap the screen, two buttons are displayed in each of the upper corners:
Settings: The settings of the app are very clear and well-structured, which I like very much. In addition to different designs of the clock (analog or digital, both in light and dark color schemes), you can choose the time format and specify whether the notifications, the date and missed alarms are displayed.
Clock/Timer: The heart of the app is of course the alarm and timer, which can be accessed via the other button. Here the different alarms are displayed in a list, including titles, duration (for timers) or set times and the remaining times or days on which the alarm is set to repeat. In addition, you have the possibility to set alarms and turn timers on or off directly from within the list, just as you would already do with the pre-installed clock app.
If you have created a new alarm, you now have the option to select between setting it as an alarm clock or timer, but the input screen is the same: two dials are used to set the time and then you can give it a name, set the repeat function, and configure snooze and vibration settings. It is worth mentioning that you can not only select the alert and alarm tones sound from the app, but you also have direct access to the music library on your device, which you can optionally search.
The functionality was really nice. Oh, and the active alarms are always displayed in a notification if you have not disabled them. Unfortunately, it is not possible to control the alarm from the notifications bar, a feature that for the stock app has been available since Android 4.2.
Screen & Controls
The user interface of "Alarm Clock" is very well done. It's nice and simple, with different selectable colors and is really easy to use. You'll find yourself immediately knowing your way around the app right from the start. It's too bad, in my opinion, that there is no paid version of the app, as the advertising does interfere with the clear design a little bit.
Speed & Stability
The app "Alarm Clock" is both fast and stable. Although I did have one crash to report, I could not reproduce it and it was stable during the rest of the testing period.
The app "Alarm Clock" is available for free download. A banner ad is displayed on the main screen, however. There is unfortunately no paid version, which would allow you to remove the advertising.
I really liked "Alarm Clock"! Finally a simple app which comes with good design, that is easy to use, but that still has the most important functions. The only thing missing compared to the pre-installed app on Android is a stopwatch.
Overall, I really like it but it got even better once I realized it was possible to not only set the alarm clock repeatedly, but also the timer! So I do not have to start from scratch for every nap, every pizza countdown and every boiled egg timer, I can simply reactivate a previously set and saved timer. A simple function that saves time!