Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wake Up Alarms (part 2)

Back in January of 2013 I wrote about wakeup alarms and compared the difference between Android and iOS.  That was back on an iPhone 5 and a Droid RAZR M.  I haven't thought much about it in recent years since I've been mostly using an iPhone but I've been thinking about it every morning since iOS 10 came out.

iOS 10 Alarm Lock Screen

In previous posts I have mentioned that I have pretty bad eye sight without my glasses and on top of that, the years are making it even more difficult to focus up close.  The screenshot above is about what my alarm lock screen looks like to me in the morning.  That tiny white smear at the bottom is actually a button.  It's one of those new beautiful iOS buttons that look nothing like a button.  It just looks like text that says Stop until you learn that if you tap right on the text it actually stops the alarm. In order to turn off the alarm every morning I have to pinpoint that button while being very groggy and without my glasses on.  It normally takes me five or six taps if I'm lucky.  About twice a week I have to pick up my phone and aim with my other hand several times to turn off my alarm.

Since I compared the screens between iOS and Android previously, I thought I would check out Android N and see what they are up to.  Here is are the two screen shots next to each other.

iOS 10 - tap Stop
Android N - Swipe left to snooze, right to stop
Prior to iOS 10, iOS had a swipe option and Android had a tap to snooze and a tap to stop option. Three years later and Apple no longer has a swipe option and Android N is only swipe. Below is what my blurry morning vision would do to the Android alarm screen.


The Android N version is not as easy as the previous versions of iOS but definitely easier than the iOS 10 version.  Just pull that white dot in the middle of the screen to the right and it will turn off. It's not obvious when looking at the blurry screen but learnable.  iOS 10 also has to be learned but still has the problem of the impossibly small stop text button.  It's funny that the iOS screen has a big snooze button that looks like a button.  Apple really wants people to Snooze.



Wake Up Alarms (part 2)

Back in January of 2013 I wrote about wakeup alarms and compared the difference between Android and iOS.  That was back on an iPhone 5 and a...