A Beautiful Way to Wake Up: Testing the Rise Alarm Clock App

A Beautiful Way to Wake Up: Testing the Rise Alarm Clock App

Alex Ragsdale
Aug 29, 2013

There's no shortage of apps to replace the native alarm clock on your phone, and the options can be overwhelming. Since Rise Alarm Clock was named App of the Week in the App Store recently, I decided to download and trust it with the important task of waking me up in the morning for a few days.

Rise is gorgeous, even from the start screen. Great choices in typography and color make it clear why it's become a star in the alarm clock app category. Setting an alarm is done by holding down on the time, then sliding up and down to change the time. It's fun and quick, but a little difficult to get down to a specific minute, if that's your goal.

When setting an alarm and once you've got it set, Rise will tell you how long you've got until your alarm goes off. I'm constantly doing that math in my head when I'm staying up too late, so that's very useful. Rise keeps settings ultra simple, but has a long list of pretty alarm tones to choose from (I went with "Gentle Chimes"). You can opt to repeat your alarm, but unfortunately you can't set different recurring alarms for different days.

Waking up to Rise for the first time was a bit jarring. I chose a progressive alarm in my settings. The quiet-to-loud alarm was confusing to my sleepy brain at first, but it did the trick. I set a longer snooze time than I usually have, and it ended up getting me out of bed a bit earlier than normal.

The bottom line: My mornings went a bit better with Rise waking me up, as compared to the built-in iOS alarm clock. I love the mindfulness Rise inspires, and I'd like to stick with it for the long-term. It's beautiful and even fun to use, so I'm willing to deal with minimal functionality for recurring alarms for now.

Product: Rise Alarm Clock App (iOS)
Price: $1.99
Rating: Recommend

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