iPhone 4 App of the Week – Night Stand HD

By on October 31, 2010
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Easy on the eyes.

Who doesn’t like looking at the time? Ok, who doesn’t like looking at beautiful time? The iPhone has a plethora of features and uses that open up once you start using apps for it, so why not a nightstand clock?

Night Stand HD is the new iOS 4 app that basically turns your iPhone 4 into a beside clock. The core features of Night Stand HD are that you can change the clock to show up in 7 different types (see below) of formats as well as customize the colour of the LCD to whatever shade you like. The clocks obviously change in orientation as you switch the iPhone 4 from vertical to horizontal.

Besides looking incredibly beautiful on the Retina Display, Night Stand HD also shows the weather (by choosing your current location wherever you go) with different icons representing the current weather.  Of course, you can also add alarms just like you can through the regular Clock widget in iOS4, but with the ability to select any song from your iPod library in addition to some themes that already come as part of the app. It would have been really nice to have the ability to keep the songs on shuffle so that you wake up (or are notified) by a different tune every time; perhaps a feature for a future update.

One final thing that makes Night Stand HD so great is that you can have an option of it never going to sleep (or set it after a few predefined minutes). This basically means that the clock will never go into a lockscreen and will always be on display. Of course, the light dims after a little while so as not to use the display at full power.

And finally Night Stand HD is a universal app, so one purchase will work on both the iPhone 4 and the iPad. There are many other apps on the App Store that do something similar, but none that have so many different types of clocks and looking this elegant along with all the included features. For $1.99, Night Stand HD is well worth the money, and is our App of the Week.


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