Travel Alarm Clock

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  1. CrankyScott
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    What clocks do you travel with?

    I use two in my travels, the first is the L.L. Bean Nightfinder Travel Alarm Clock ($20) and comes in multiple colors. A well designed clock with large easy to read digits. Push on the clock and it illuminates. Also shows temperature which is a nice extra. Also shows the alarm time at all times.

    http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/62137?from=SR&feat=sr

    On my iPod Touch and iPad I use Progressive Alarm Clock by Spotlight Six ($1.99). There are hundreds of alarm clocks in the App store, what sets this one apart are the multiple choices for alarm sequences. The one I use is 10 minutes and stars slow and then ramps up. And the sounds are of Tibetan singing bowls. A very easy yet distinctive sound that wakes me up gently.

    http://www.spotlightsix.com/ipad_pac/

    I have tried to use my phone, but it doesn't work for me. To use properly, I need to turn off message reminder and SMS alerts otherwise a ding or two will wake me up.
     
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    I just use my ipod touch with the standard clock and ipad with nightstand.
     
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    I use my phone (blackberry) as one and a wake up call as backup
     
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    The Blackberry alarm is excellent. I use it on its charger and it even has a Bedside mode that dims its clock so that it doesn't light up the room.
     
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    Since I hardly ever gets SMS's, that's not an issue; also the SMS alert on my phone is just a single soft beep, so I can use my phone, set the alarm to play a nice piece of music, with the snooze set at 7 minutes.

    It's a 3 year old Samsung BlackJack II, winmobile 6.0
     
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    I just use my iPhone's or Android phone's built-in alarm clock. Sometimes both to make sure I get up :)
     
  7. Ant
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    I use a few things, mostly my phone. But if it's an important meeting I'd setup my Mac too, I use Awaken: http://embraceware.com/awaken/

    Also I'd do a wake up call, and for good measure I'd leave the curtains open and use the room's radio/alarm. Though, always double check the radio/alarm anyway before you go to sleep! Thankfully, I've never had one go off at 3am from the previous occupant, but I'm so paranoid it'd happen!
     
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    I used to have a Blackberry and the alarm was excellent - it easily switches to Bedside Mode which disables all the radios so you don't get woken by texts, emails, BBMs etc. - particularly useful when in different time zones. What's really clever is that switching the alarm off automatically takes the phone out of Bedside Mode.

    I now have an iPhone and I find the process to go through in order to achieve the alarm function to be much more complicated. You have to go into Airplane Mode, which is a few layers deep in the menu structure, as this is the only way of ensuring that the phone doesn't come alive in the middle of the night. What's worst is that you have to remember to go through the Airplane Mode sequence again in the morning in order to enable the phone again. As all things on the Apple, great toy, useless as a phone!
     
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    I have used a cheap "retired" Casio watch with the band removed.[​IMG]
    Yep, it got my bag inspected by the TSA.[​IMG]
     
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    SInce I never change my watch while traveling across time zones and don't want to futz/phutz with hotel alarm clocks, I use my cell phone as my alarm clock as it will change time zones automatically (with an mp3 verison of Reveille [in honor of goalie-dad & goalie-sis serving*] as my alarm sound)

    *Drives them nutz when they hear it at 06:00 ;)
     
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    used to have the LL Bean, but switched to my Android phone 2 years back
     
  12. Elizabeth Smith
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    BlackBerry Bold 9650. What's an alarm clock? ;)
     
  13. ScottC
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    I travel with a Moshi voice recognition alarm clock (which BTW also understands me when I'm drunk) and a Richard Solo RS020 global atomic alarm clock.

    I don't trust smartphone alarm clocks, and a dedicated alarm clock can't crash or hang.
     
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    It's never been a problem for me in years of travel with Nokia Communicators, iPhones and HTC Android phones. The only time I haven't had the alarm go off as expected was when I messed up AM and PM, but fortunately it was a morning where it really didn't matter and it's a lesson learned. The bigger risk IME is that I turn off the phone alarm and go back to sleep [​IMG]
     
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    I've never had any problems either - I just don't trust them :D
     
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    hmm, good thread. My internal clock is not as good as it used to be, so I think I need to invest in an alarm clock. Before, I could wake up at 5:55 am without fail and earlier for morning meetings and flights.
     
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    I use the iPhone standard clock with a really obnoxious tone.
     
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