There have been quite a few location-based alarm apps and services released for both iOS and Android, but none of them were consistent enough to be something that you could ever truly rely on, but with iSlept, available for iOS through the Apple iTunes App Store, we have found what is probably the best app of its kind out there.
Location based alarms are a great idea in principle, but I have never had the confidence to ever really rely on one. Whenever I have used one, I have either been alerted far too late, far too early, or more often than not, not alerted at all. These types of apps quickly went into my ‘nice idea but not worth the hassle’ folder.
So, it was with some trepidation that I tested iSlept out for the first time. I am happy to report that it alerted me at just the right time and in the right place. In short, it worked, which is more than can be said of many apps like this.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
* Low Bandwidth-Usage
* Sleep on your Travel and get reminded
* Designed for traveling with Trains.
* Automatic Range Detection
* Voice Prompts
* Shows Up Interest Points
* Shows Up Weather information
* App remembers up to 20 Locations
* Works while in Background
Well, now we have got the big question of whether or not it reliably works out of the way, what else does the app offer? Well, you can set the app to alert you at any point throughout your journey, and it is easy to calculate how many minutes you will need to wake up before you arrive at your destination. The app also has two features that are incredibly welcome; Weather information and the big one, points of interest. The POI implementation is cool, as you can set the app to alert you when you get near a snack bar, for example, but I feel that any app that uses a map should have points of interest and weather reporting built-in, yet so few apps bother.
The only thing I think the app could do with some work on would be the presentation, as the menus and title screen are a little basic looking, as is the app icon. The features here are impressive for a 99c app, and the app gets the most important thing right; it works as promised. I also like the way you are alerted in a gentle way with no embarrassing sirens blaring.
Overall, with plenty of premium features for such a low price, this is hard not to recommend. With a reliable location alert, POIs, weather reporting and the promise of low data usage, this is the perfect app for taking a light nap on a train as well as offering decent supplementary travel features.