Grade: All ages
Cost: $0.99 (there is also a free version)
Platform: iOS (iPad, iPod, iPhone)
Introduction: The app “Nightstand” is a very handy app. It is very helpful, especially in the office or on trips. No one wants to take their alarm clock around with them on trips, and don’t buy a new one just for the office. Nightstand is an app that says the time, weather and date all on the same screen. It is also very helpful when your alarm clock is across your room and it is hard to get to.
(the home screen, weather is not showing because there is no Internet)
On the home screen, there is the current time and weather. There is no Internet access needed to set the time, but in order to have the weather shown, there does need to be Internet. There is a choice to change the photos on the background, and you may either choose photos from your personal library, or from the app itself.
Review: I find this app very helpful. My alarm clock is across my room from my bed, and it’s very hard to see at night. I put my iPod with the app opened next to me on my bed and my iPod won’t sleep unless I want it to, and it can play peaceful sounds for me to help me fall asleep. I can time the sounds so that they last for an hour, or only one minute. I also love this app because it has an alarm. My alarm clock is very difficult to turn off, but Nightstand is very easy. I love the app Nightstand, and I find it very helpful.
(settings and options)
Under settings, you may choose whether or not you have certain effects. There are many useful settings, including shaking the device to turn on “Flashlight”, or sliding your finger up on the screen to brighten it, or sliding your finger down to dim the screen.
Cost: $0.99 (There is also a free version available)
I think the $0.99 you have to pay for the ful version of Nightstand is worth it. There are many useful features to this app, including sleep timer, alarms and weather.
There is also a free version, but it doesn’t have as many features as the fully-payed version, and there are a lot of advertisements. I highly suggest buying the full app.
(alarm clocks) (sleep timer)
The alarm clocks and sleep timer are very handy. For the alarm clock, you can set it any time that you need, and for any sound to wake up to. With the sleep timer, you can set an amount of time for the app to play a sound to fall asleep to. They have pre-loaded sounds with the app, and they are very calming sounds.
Conclusion: I love the app Nightstand. It is very helpful for me and it probably would be for anyone else. This app would work best for traveling and in the office, so that you don’t have to bring your own alarm clock everywhere, or use the bad hotel ones.
(how Nightstand sets the time) (weather options)
The app sets the time based on the time your iPod, iPhone or iPad has set. The weather uses your current location and the Internet to get weather updates.