In college, I once had a CD player that played the same song every single morning to wake me up. Every single one of my roommates hated that song before too long, and I still feel this deep urge to hit the snooze button every time I hear it on the radio. Now, with Spotilarm, you don’t have to pick just one song- listen to a different song every morning without having to worry about transferring files- just pick it from Spotify!
Spotilarm was created in order for you to wake up to the music you love. It is the only App on the Android Market that lets you set an alarm using Spotify. Why wake up to a boring, annoying, standard alarm sound, when you can wake up to your favorite song? Start your day off right by waking up to a song you love!
|Does it Fulfill its Purpose?||10||Spotilarm is an alarm app that allows you to use Spotify to wake up rather than being limited to the songs on your phone. Spotify is a popular service, and the integration with the search feature works well. However, the number of features present in the app is very limited. Since it’s connected to spotify, it would be nice to see some additional features relating to song- such as always waking up to the current most popular song, or choosing a random song from a playlist. The alarm itself could use some added features, too- it would be nice to be able to customize the backup alarm sound, or have escalating volume that increases slowly over time. Even repeating alarms, though promised by the developer, are absent from this version.|
|Does it Look Good?||16||The ICS theme used in Spotilarm looks nice, but a few aspects of the screen seem lacking in comparison- particularly the buttons used. The dismiss/snooze screen is very plain, as well.|
|Does it Run Well?||10||Spotilarm runs around 500KB when installed to SD. Most of the permissions used are described by the developer and make sense for this kind of app: access the internet for songs, wake the phone from sleeping, start at boot (so a reset doesn’t kill your alarm). It also includes an unexplained permission for modifying global system settings- likely used for notifications. The only real problem that I ran into with Spotilarm is that it requires spotify to work perfectly, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong. If for any reason spotify can’t retrieve the song you’re looking for, you either get an intermittent alarm or no alarm at all. The developers did make it so that the default alarm rings in the case that no internet connection at all can be established, but I did encounter a few instances in which the alarm simply didn’t activate.|
|Is it Easy to Use?||18||Spotilarm is relatively simple- the plus button in the corner adds a new alarm, and tapping the alarm will take you to a screen with information about the alarm. You can change most of the information intuitively, though exiting by simply pressing the back button doesn’t save your changes- you have to hit the check mark in the top-right corner. Once the alarm is set, it will appear along with the time and song in your notification bar.|
|Is This App Useful to Everybody?||12||By requiring a paid subscription to spotify, this alarm might exclude some Android users, but spotify is getting to be a very popular service and the concept is an interesting one.|
|Overall Score||66||If you are a spotify user with a constant high-speed internet connection, Spotilarm is an app that’s worth looking into. It might be just what some Android users are looking for, and with a few added features it could be a must-have app for spotify users.|
Reviewed Version: 1.0.5
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