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

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One thing you don't want to do is make Carrot mad (or maybe you do) by dragging downward to snooze. You can control how many minutes it will snooze for in the settings. Right after I hit snooze, Carrot said, "You're going to have a bad time," but kept quiet during the snooze time. When the alarm went off again, Carrot's robotic voice repeated, "You're ugly and you smell" over and over while I tried to complete the chores to stop the alarm from going off (and to stop my coworkers from laughing at me).

Carrot Alarm rewards you when you wake up on time with points that make you level up like in a role-playing game. At the completion of each level you get small and silly rewards like new songs, new chores to complete, added snooze time, strobelike effects (using your iPhone flash), and others. While none of the rewards have any real world uses, the new alarm sounds and songs might at least make you laugh at the beginning of your day.

I only have one gripe with this otherwise creatively made alarm clock, and it has to do with setting the alarm. The vertical swipe changes the alarm in 15-minute increments, and I thought it was pretty limiting. But after a couple of hours with the app, I accidentally realized a tap either above or below, lets you adjust in 5-minute increments. I'm glad I was able to figure it out, but to me that says it's not very intuitive.

Still, Carrot Alarm is a unique alarm clock app that made me laugh with its cheesy humor and seems like it would be a fun way to get up in the morning. Though the sense of humor probably won't appeal to everyone, if you're tired of hearing the same old alarm every morning, this app will give you something new every day and might make getting up a little easier. Just don't make Carrot mad.

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