iPhone App Review: Awaken

iPhone App Review: Awaken

February 3rd, 2010 by

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

The extremely popular alarm clock and sleep timer for your Mac is also now on the iPhone. Awaken by Embraceware is a revolutionary alarm clock for the mobile device. It is 4 applications in 1.  It has a sleep timer, a clock, an alarm clock and a flash light.  It is a very sleek looking and well functioning alarm clock application.

Features and Functionality


  • Select from 6 visual clock styles: Blue/Red/Pink/Classic LCD, Flip Clock, and 8-bit
  • Portrait and landscape modes
  • Detects proper time format (12/24H) Brightness controls

Alarm Clock

  • Wake up to music or built-in sounds
  • Supports multiple alarms
  • Snooze options with fullscreen touch
  • Volume and brightness fade-in
  • Music shuffle support
  • Portrait and landscape modes

Sleep Timer

  • Fall asleep to your music
  • Volume and brightness fade-out
  • Music shuffle support
  • Portrait and landscape modes FLASHLIGHT:
  • Shake to toggle flashlight on/off
  • 5 flashlight visual options: Classic white, bulb, CFL, and candle DESIGN:
  • Dark UI for nighttime
  • Slide finger up/down to adjust brightness

Flash Light

  • Shake To turn Flashlight on or off
  • 5 visual options

What was Pleasing…

This application is so simple and such a great idea! It is so simple to use, nothing confusing.  The four menu buttons at the bottom of the screen are easy to read. Within the settings menu it lets you know that you can “Shake iPhone to toggle flashlight”. I think this was a smart feature because who wants to be searching for the “turn on flashlight” option when they are just waking up?  It is by far the best alarm clock application in the app store! I love that I can wake up to music which less harsh than the typical alarm sound.  I think it is well worth the $1.99.


Its a 3rd party alarm so you will have to keep the application open in order for the alarm to work. meaning if you get a phone call or anything during the night make sure you re-open the application or you will be late for work!

Also, although the application worked well for me I did find a lot of reviews bashing the app for not working properly.  I would recommend that before relying on Awaken to be your primary alarm clock that you mess around with it for a week or so and set it to go off couple times a day in order to insure it works properly.

My Overall Rating

8 out of 10

Only because I didn’t like that if something interrupts the application from running the alarm clock doesn’t work, but I do understand there is nothing they can do about that since they are a 3rd party application.  It leaves a lot of room for user error.

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