Total Score: 28.5
I’m not one of those people who searches for new and different alarm clock apps. The standard one was fine with me until I discovered Wake Up With Disney for iPhone and iPad. This app has all the standard functionality of an alarm clock app, but with a Disney twist. What would be better than to have Donald Duck screaming at you to wake up. It made me laugh as I was testing it and I really do believe it would make me laugh every morning. This could be appealing to children, but it’s equally appealing to us grownups. Why shouldn’t it be, we’ve known Donald for a long time.
Price Rating = 5 99 cents. A reasonable price for an app with impressive graphics.
Ease of Use Rating = 4.5 It is easy to set the alarm. An extra setting is required to allow it to work when the lock screen is on. It’s not difficult, just an extra step.
Readability Rating = 4.5 The font for the main time is excellent, the alarm time is a little smaller on the iPhone. All is readable on the iPad.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 An alarm clock is something that most people use each day. And, as we move away from single use devices like alarm clocks, this app fills a need.
Downsides Rating = 0 I did not find any issues during the testing period. For both the iPhone and iPad it only works in portrait setting. That’s not a downside, just something to know.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 This is a new app and does not have a lot of reviews, but what is there is positive. The only downside noted was that the alarm doesn’t go off when in mute mode. That’s a positive for some people and a negative for others.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 When we need to set an alarm, why not have something that starts your day with a smile.
How does it work?
- Before you learn how it works, check out the official Disney trailer for the app.
- When you open the app, it asks you if would if it is okay to know your location. No, they aren’t trying to see how close you are to Disneyland or DisneyWorld, one of the functions of the app is the current weather for your area, which is displayed on the top right hand side of the screen. The time appears very large in the center of the screen and on the left is the alarm time and a switch to turn it on or off.
- You can interact with Donald in several ways. Tapping on the weather kicks of an animation with Donald reacting to the weather. It happens to be raining today where I am, so Donald shivers and huddles in the rain. When you tap on Donald in the center of the main screen he laughs as if he was tickled.
- Tapping on the screen brings up settings options. In order to access the settings you tap on the icon with three lines in the lower right corner. The following settings are found through that icon.
- The Alarm Settings are where you turn on and off the alarm. You can get to them through the icon (with three lines) noted above, or by tapping the alarm clock and alarm off/on in the top left corner. In this setting you can set your snooze time, bedtime fade timing, which puts Donald to sleep and dims the screen. You also set your alarm volume, which is separate from your phone volume.
- The Go to Sleep option (from the icon with three lines), as noted above creates some time between the alarm set and when the fade begins. It is preset to 30 seconds, but you could extend it if you wanted to wind down a little more slowly.
- You can change Donald’s costumes from his standard sailor look, to a fireman or an explorer. I’m partial to the explorer. Again, this is discoverable by tapping on the three-line icon.
- You can edit settings, again through the three-line icon, and turn weather on/off, set the temperature unit to either Fahrenheit or Celsius, set the clock to 12 or 24 hour displays, customize the auto lock settings or enable (or not) vibrations.
- Within the app, again found under the icon with the three lines, is a flashlight. It’s always handy to have one of those connected to your alarm.
- Somewhat hidden in these options is a setting to see more Disney information including other apps to download – some are free and some are not. You have to put in a code to get to this screen, but the code isn’t all that complicated.
- There are a few more fun options to be found by tapping on the screen and using the icons on the right. The explanation mark makes Donald jump up and down. The award symbol has him saying, “alright” in a congratulatory manner. The golf symbol causes a club and ball to fall from the sky and you get to see him take a swing.
- Best of all, when the alarm goes off, Donald screams at you to WAKE UP!
As I mentioned, this could easily be something that appeals to children, but young children don’t usually have iPhones. So, let’s assume Disney considered us grownups when they did the design. I know this is an app I’ll be using daily.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. App developed by Disney.