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Windows Phone App Review: Clever Alarm

Here's a simple alarm app for your Windows Phone that has plenty of options to help you avoid oversleeping. Clever Alarm has three preset alarm sounds plus the ability to use music files.  Plus a pesky set of challenges to prevent the alarm from being shut off too easily.

Clever Alarm's main page displays an analog clock, buttons to nap and set an alarm, as well as a button to access the app's settings. Settings cover your alarm sound, setting the time to disable the alarm, determining the number of snoozes available and turning on/off the automatic lock screen. You also have settings to customize the digital clock colors or simply use your Windows Phone theme color.

You have two alarm types with Clever Alarm, Nap and Alarm. If you just want to take a short nap, choose the Nap Button from the main screen to set what is basically a countdown timer. You have options to set the duration of any snooze options, the type of alert (sound/vibration) and the nap alarm sound.

You can also set an alarm with the New Alarm button. This is the more traditional type alarm with options for the time of the alarm, type of alarm (more on this in a second), snooze duration, type of alert (sound/vibration) and the difficulty level of the equation.

The type of alarm includes equation solving, QR Code, shaking and Sorting. These are problems you have to solve in order to silence the alarm. You can still blindly hit the snooze but to end the alarm, you have to pass the test. The QR Code test is something different. You scan a QR Code and to shut the alarm off, you have to scan the same QR Code.

Once you've set an alarm, the digital clock will appear showing the current time, date and time of alarm.

Clever Alarm is a decent Windows Phone alarm app. I would have liked to have seen the ability to set a date with the alarm or set the alarm to particular days (weekday only, weekends, etc).  Nonetheless, Clever Alarm is worth checking out if you are looking for a simple alarm app for your Windows Phone.

Clever Alarm is a free app for your Windows Phone and you can find it here (opens in new tab) at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Hahaha it would suck if you lost that QR code.
  • I bought Talking Alarm Clock, but this one looks really cool.
  • Will defitnetely give this a go. I set my alarms with songs and it still doesn't help in getting me out of bed. So maybe this will have me up and really alert. 
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this going to require that the app be left open? My understanding is that the only permitted true multitasking is for audio.
    If so, regardless how good the developer is, thus app will be too limited for me.
  • I have the exact same question :S
  • a timer app that was showcased on here back in october seemed to work just fine.
  • Works under screen perfectly. Infact, you can lock screen while its going off, and the alarm will continue.
    BUT, as with any 3rd party alarm out there, just press the home button, and the alarm will be off. Defeats the purpose of having a task to shut the alarm off. I live that wp7 has the windows key to stop whatever its doing to go home, but alarm apps will always fail because of this reason.
  • Oh that's clever lol
  • my phone sounded like it was trying to dial a some fax machine? Maybe its the alarm system. (I had my headphones plug in when the alarm went off) will double check.
  • It is very unresponsive
  • Took forever to type in a 3 digit answer to an equation... Ended up pressing home key
  • There is a built in Alarm in Windows Phone 7. It's pretty powerful and yet simple. You can set it for once a week or each day. I've used it 100's of times with no issues(perfect on the road alarm clock).
    Why do we need this ? Maybe it's me...