Digital Alarm ClockThere are certainly some incredibly effective alarm clocks on the market, but we have come to rely on our smartphones to replace as many gadgets as possible. Your iPhone might already replace your GPS, your MP3 player, your digital camera, and your portable gaming console, so why shouldn’t it get you to wake up in the morning, too? There’s already a default alarm clock built in there, but there are better iPhone alarm clock apps available.

All of these alarm apps for the iPhone go beyond the basic functionality to give you something unique for your morning routine. You’re already using a bunch of iPhone reminder apps, so you’ll probably want to try at least a couple of these alarm clock apps to remind you to wake up for that all-important business meeting in the morning. You don’t want to oversleep for that!

Wake N Shake Alarm Clock

Get Up with a Jolt Using Wake N Shake App

Get Up with a Jolt Using Wake N Shake App

Download from iTunes App Store: $0.99

Snooze. Snooze. Snooze. Oh no, I’m late! How often have you hit the snooze button three too many times and found yourself rolling out of bed frantically an hour later? Some alarms are easy to ignore, but if you make it tougher to silence the alarm, you’re more likely to wake up. This app does just that, because as its name implies, you have to forcibly shake your iPhone to shut off the alarm. There’s even a social aspect for you to compete against your friends and earn achievements, not unlike the Foursquare of morning routines.

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Alarm Clock Free App for iPhone

Alarm Clock Free App for iPhone

Download from iTunes App Store: Free

Okay, while this app doesn’t go too far beyond what you’d get from a basic alarm clock, what it does do is convert your iPhone into a rather elegant digital alarm clock. You get live weather reports, so you’ll know exactly what to wear before you head out the door too. If you want more, there’s also a Pro version with custom song alarms, more themes and a built-in flashlight.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Get Better Rest with Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Get Better Rest with Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Download from iTunes App Store: $0.99

Better iPhone alarm clock apps have to start with getting you some better sleep, too. This is probably one of the more unique offerings, because it intelligently analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up when you’re in the lightest sleep phase. This way, you “wake up feeling rested and relaxed.” It does this by monitoring your movement using the iPhone’s accelerometer, triggering the alarm within a define wake up window.

Rise Alarm Clock App

Pretty Rise Alarm Clock

Pretty Rise Alarm Clock

Download from iTunes App Store: $1.99

Okay, so this alarm clock app may not offer much in terms of added functionality, but it sure is pretty! You tap and drag to set your alarm time and then you choose to wake up to one of the custom Rise melodies or your choice of a song from your iTunes library. On the flipside, it’s also possible to set an iTunes playlist to help you fall asleep each night too.

Nightstand Central

NightStand Central iPhone Alarm App

NightStand Central iPhone Alarm App

Download from iTunes App Store: $1.99

With this app activated, you simply shake your iPhone to turn on a flashlight when you feel the sudden need to use the facilities in the middle of the night. You also get music alarms, a sleep timer, weather info, and custom photo backgrounds, as well as support for multiple alarms. This way, you can wake up at a different time on certain days of the week, perfect for inconsistent student schedules.

iSleepin Pro

Don't Sleep In, Use iSleepin Pro

Don't Sleep In, Use iSleepin Pro

Download from iTunes App Store: $0.99

Are you notorious for ignoring alarms or hitting the snooze button too many times? If you’re looking for better iPhone alarm clock apps that will actually get you out of bed, iSleepin could be your golden ticket. You can’t just tap a snooze button or shake your iPhone. Instead, you have to solve your choice of a certain puzzle to silence the noise, including jigsaws, mazes, pattern traces, and mathematical equations.

Alarm Clock+

iPhone Alarm Clock+

iPhone Alarm Clock+

Download from iTunes App Store: Free

You have your regular old alarm with your choice of “pleasant sounds,” but what’s neat about this app is that you can also attach notes to your alarms. Think of these as your morning reminders. There’s also a sleep timer function for your lullaby music, “exclusive” designer clock faces, live weather conditions, and a built-in flashlight function.

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