The built-in alarm clock on the iPhone is a companion to millions of people who have long since ditched their plug-in alarm clocks. Simple, easy to use, and very effective at making large volumes of noise, the iPhone is a natural alarm device. But it is limited in its functionality. For those interested in a more classic look or an alternative to loud, grating noises, The Talking Alarm is a breath of fresh air. With a classic, green LED display design and a number of voices to choose from, it is an effective, fun-to-use alarm that offers a great alternative to Apple's built-in option.
The alarm is very simple. Once the app opens, it displays the time and date. You can then set an alarm from the Alarms menu. Other settings are located in a separate menu where you can choose how to snooze the alarm, which voice to use (there are multiple options by nationality and gender -- all are in English), the duration of snooze, and the volume of the alarm. When the alarm goes off, a voice will announce the time and date until you tap the screen. You can tap it to snooze or double tap it to turn it off completely. Since it is so easy to double tap the screen (the built-in alarm requires a swipe, which is harder to do when half asleep), we recommend turning the stop function off, but the snooze works great.
If you are interested in being awoken each day by a voice announcing the date and time (with weather if you opt for it), The Talking Alarm is a great app. It is free and has no paid upgrades, so you get the full functionality right out of the box, and it works flawlessly, with accurate, system-set times and alarms. It also looks good -- very much like a classic green-on-black face alarm clock, which is an added bonus.
From Mother Tucker:
The Talking Alarm reads your Time, Weather, EMail, Calendar Events, Reminders, Horoscope, Stocks and Text to you when you wake up. It also plays the Music on your device and turns on your light.CLOCK FEATURES:- Full-screen digital display- Snooze the alarm by tapping anywhere on the screen- Stop the alarm by double tapping anywhere on the screen- Snooze Duration option (1-30 minutes)- Voice option (over 30+ voices to choose from)- Screen brightness settings option- Multiple alarms with customizable alarm playlists- Shake device anytime to toggle light On/OffAVAILABLE ALARM ITEMS:- Date: Reads the current date- Weather: Reads the current weather for a specified location- Calendar Events: Reads all events in your calendar for the next 12 hours- Reminders: Reads all reminders in your calendar for the next 12 hours- GMail: Reads your unread gmail messages- Yahoo Mail: Reads your unread Yahoo mail messages- Horoscope: Reads your daily horoscope- Stock: Reads the last trade price of a stock symbol- Text: Reads any text you enter (iSpeech speech recognition can be used to enter text on iPhone 3GS and later)- Music: Plays the music on your device- Turn Light OnNOTES:* Requires an internet connection to play Text-To-Speech ** Device must be plugged in when you run this app overnight to prevent draining your battery *** Must be run in the foreground *Why doesn't this app execute in the background?1) it currently doesn't meet the App Store requirements that will permit us to run it in the background2) if/when this app meets the App Store requirements for background execution we will update it to run in the backgroundCREDITS:iSpeech for Text-to-Speech and Speech Recognition** Ratings, Reviews and Feedback emails are appreciated! **For more information or help with any problems, please email us at email@example.com.
What's new in this version:
- "Turn Light On" alarm item- "Reminders" alarm item- "Calendar Events" alarm item upgraded for iOS6- Shake device anytime to toggle light On/Off- Screen brightness settings option- 25+ new voices & better voice picker- Continues to play music when backgrounded- Latest iSpeech SDK