There's definitely no shortage of ways to turn your $300 smartphone into a $20 alarm clock. What there is a shortage of, however, are elegant solutions to this age old quandary. Enter doubleTwist Alarm Clock, a new way to wake up from the guys who brought us the doubleTwist Player.
As soon as you fire up dT Alarm Clock, one thing is apparent: this thing is pretty. It's dark and classy looking, and the interface is intuitive. There are so many alarm clock apps out there that over-complicate the hell out of waking up -- thankfully, this isn't one of them. It offers just the right amount of useful features and leaves all the superfluous garbage offered by its competitors curbside.
As soon as the app opens, you're greeted with a simple screen displaying your alarms ide- tap on an alarm to edit or delete it. Here is where you'll change the alarm time, occurrence, label, and alarm tone (if you wish to be awoken with a song, then it's worth noting that you'll also need the freely available doubleTwist player). If the alarm is one based off of Sleep Cycle methodology, which takes timing into consideration to wake you when in the lightest state of sleep, then you'll also see a list of suggested bedtimes - a very nice feature to have. Maybe this will remind me to start going to be when I should, instead of about three hours too late.
The Settings menu is short and sweet, again only offering what is needed and not a slew of nigh-useless options. This is where you'll change the duration of the snooze window, your default alarm and volume, as well as an option to display dT Alarm Clock in the notification area if you constantly want to be reminded of how early you're going to have to roll out of bed.
Lastly is the alarm screen itself, which is pretty cut-and-dry -- it shows the time in either flip-clock view or with an analog clock, both of which enter 'dim mode' when tapped.
Overall, doubleTwist Alarm Clock is a useful, intuitive, and dang good-looking alarm clock application. The first 10,000 buyers will get this little gem for $0.99, after which it will jump up to $1.99. Hit the widget to grab it!