Even though most people have turned to their cell phones to act as their main alarm clocks, in our opinion, there is still room on your bedside table for an alarm clock. The trouble is that you need something that has quite a few features and that will perform well compared to a cell phone, alongside the issue of price. You don't want to spend too much on a one-function device.
Using a cell phone a your alarm clock will work well, but there are times when you just don't want to have to use your cell phone because it might entail answering emails, voicemails, IMs, and addressing social networking status updates. While some people relish in this type of social networking at all times, we prefer to use it sparingly, so that it doesn't invade all facets of our lives.
1. TimesSquared LED Alarm Clock: While this clock was initially hard to track down, it's now easily available through Amazon for $37 to $49. It has many benefits, including the most important one of being easily visible at night when you need to check the time. We also like how big the numerals are.
2. Wooden Alarm Clock: You can create this cheap and stylish wooden clock, that looks like something Kouji Iwasaki designed using wood. This simple wooden case that you'll create will give new life to your old clock radio.
3. Sony's Sleek Projection Alarm Clock: While this might seem like a concept or future technology, this clock will actually project the time onto a wall, making it easy to read in the dark. We don't know why this isn't more prevalent in alarm clocks, but it's a feature we'd like to see in all alarm clocks.
4. Philips Wake-Up Light: This has to be one of the smoothest ways of waking up. The alarm clock triggers a light, that will slowly get brighter and trigger hormones in your body, getting you out of bed without giving you a jolt. There's always a backup alarm, in case you worry about waking up just with a light.
5. Edison Alarm Clock: This alarm clock was inspired by Thomas Edison and designed by David Krawczyk. It's a unique object that makes up for its lack of features with its retro elegance.
While some solutions like the Wake-Up Light from Philips are innovative and promise to change the way that you wake up, there's always the possibility of sticking your smartphone in a dock with speakers to act as an alarm clock.