Carrot Alarm for iOS review: A great app for chronic snoozers

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Carrot Alarm makes waking up to your alarm fun with silly songs, funny minigames, and a sensitive "sentient" AI that just might get mad at you.

The Bad Setting the alarm clock precisely is harder than it should be.

The Bottom Line If you battle the urge to keep hitting the snooze button, Carrot Alarm delivers more fun and more features than other alarm apps.


8.1 Overall
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Installation and Setup 7.0
  • Features and Support 8.0

Carrot Alarm is a hilarious alarm clock for your iPhone that sometimes sings to you when it wakes you up, gets mad at you when you sleep in, and forces you to complete silly minigames in order to turn it off. Developed by the same people who made Carrot To-Do List (the to-do list with an attitude), Carrot Alarm is a fun addition to the otherwise mundane alarm clock app category.

Like any alarm clock, you first need to set the alarm for when you want to get up. Carrot Alarm sports an elegant minimalist interface requiring only that you swipe your finger vertically to adjust your wake-up time. Once you're time is set, simply touch and drag Carrot (the onscreen representation of a camera eye) to the right into the on position before you go to sleep.

When it comes time to wake up, that's where the fun begins. Carrot will play silly original music for you, sing to you (the AI has a female voice), and the volume will slowly get louder and louder. To turn off the alarm, you need to touch and drag what Carrot calls her "ocular sensor" upward to the off position, then perform a number of silly "chores" with gestures. You'll get directives such as "Clean out the lab monkey cages (shake device)," or "pinch to grant sentience to a toaster (pinch the ocular sensor)." In my testing each alarm had three or four directives before it would turn off.

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