Night Stand for iPad review: The best clock app for iPad

If you just bought a new iPad and have searched in vain for the built-in Apple Clock app, here's some bad news -- there isn't one. Apple just doesn't think the Clock app looks good on the big screen. Luckily for us, however, App Store developers don't share that belief. In fact, the developers of Night Stand for iPad show just exactly how to do it right.

Main screen

Night Stand for iPad is so much more than a basic alarm clock. In addition to the time on the main, rather gorgeous, display, you can also see the date and current weather conditions. There are also four widgets that can be enabled at the bottom of the screen for Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and Weather.

Behind the main clock, Night Stand for iPad will play through your defined slideshow. It comes preinstalled with beautiful videos and has more available for purchase. Each movie series is $0.99, or you can buy all four series for $1.99. If you prefer a slideshow of still images, Night Stand for iPad also includes 3 beautiful images with more available for purchase. You can also have a slideshow of your own images if you prefer. The interval times for your slideshows can be anywhere from 1-60 minutes.

Sliding your finger up and down the main screen will adjust the screen brightness and flicking left and right will hide and show the clock display.

Widgets

The Twitter and Facebook widgets let you view recent posts and status updates from their respective social networks. Tapping one of the posts will popup a built-in browser and displays how that post looks on the web. If you want to reply, like, or comment, you'll need to login to the social network in that browser. To the left of each of the widgets, you'll find the button that lets you tweet or post to Facebook.

The RSS widget is tied to Google Reeder and displays recent posts from your feed. Tapping on a post will also slide up the article in a nice, stripped-down, easy to read view. To view the article in safari, tap "Full Article".

The weather widget displays a 10 day forecast of the weather. Include with each day is the general weather (partly cloudy, clear, light rain, etc), the low and high tempertures, wind speed, and times for sunset and sunrise.

Alarm Clock

The alarm clock lets you add multiple alarms seth with custom repetitions, similar to the iPhone's alarm clock. Night Stand for iPad includes 9 alarm sounds, many of which are actually very load, alarming, and annoying. I mean, seriously, who wants to wake up every morning to the sound of a smoke alarm going off? (Immediately after typing that sentence, my husband piped up that he loves the annoying sounds for an alarm, so apparently some people do like them). Many people actually prefer waking up to music, so Night Stand allows you to add music stored on your iPad to wake up to. However, if you want to wake up to music, you have to make sure Night Stand is actually running on your iPad overnight. Otherwise, Night Stand will send a notification to wake you up instead.

In the alarm settings menu, you'll find the options to shuffle your selected music, the duration of snooze, and if you want the alarm sound or music that you chose to fade in over time, so as to not startle you awake. The durations range between 6 seconds to 30 minutes.

Sleep Timer

In addition to serving the purpose of waking you up in the morning, Night Stand for iPad also has a sleep timer so that you can listen to music while you fall asleep. The interval times range from 5 minutes to 23 hours and 55 minutes. Wow.

The Good

  • Gorgeous
  • Include Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds
  • Ability to tweet and post to Facebook
  • Included movies and images are beautiful
  • Inclusion of weather is very convenient
  • Can wake up to own music
  • Can have slideshows of personal images
  • Supports Fahrenheit, Celsius, miles and kilometers
  • Includes alarm clock and sleep timer
  • Multiple alarms
  • Can make the main clock small and position in the upper right or left corner

The Bad

  • Not enough alarm clock sounds. Should have more subtle ones.
  • The popup for Twitter posts isn't scaled properly. You have to scroll right to see the entire tweet.
  • Doesn't support portrait orientation

The bottom line

Night Stand is a gorgeous alarm clock for your iPad. I love how it isn't just a clock, but a host for all the things I like to check before rolling out of bed. I used to use my iPhone as my alarm clock, but with the discovery of Night Stand, my iPad will be playing that roll from now on instead.

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Let me get this straight. The app is called Night Stand, which means that it is intended to be used at bedside. Given that many people dock/charge their iPads at night this seems like a natural fit -- EXCEPT THE APP DOESN'T WORK IN PORTRAIT MODE!
Seriously! I can't be the only person to think about this.

Your screenshot and the vendor's screenshots were all in landscape. So, I assumed it only worked that way. I stand by my use case about docking in portrait mode. The vendor should really update their screenshots/description to indicate it can be used in either orientation.

I have been using this app for a long time now. I just upgraded to the "new" iPad and now it only works when it wants to. I can't rely on it anymore to wake me for work! I honestly couldn't recommend this app to anyone until they fix it. BTW, I uninstalled it and installed it again. Same problem.

Wouldn't the backlight being on 12 hours a night (or whatever) slowly wear out faster?
While I have my iPad2 right now and it's not let me down, I also have not used it for 12 hours straight..

I usually wouldn't leave it on. You are supposed to be able to press the lock button and the alarm still go off. It also has a feature where it will still play the alarm if the app is running in the background.

This $3 app looks and functions EXACTLY like the standard (and FREE) homescreen on any/every Android tablet ever built...
LOL, that's f'n hilarious! :D

I was glad to find your story here when I discovered the site. Heck, we pyaled Clear Lake every year in football! I have friends who went to Clear Lake! I spent a lot of my time feeling like I was the only gay on the island, and potentially the only gay in Texas. (A point which is ridiculous now that I'm old enough to see exactly how gay Galveston is I couldn't have grown up in a gayer town if I grew up in a drag queen's purse! Or San Francisco.) But it's nice to know that just up the road, there were gays going through exactly what I was going through. And that makes me feel less lonely, retroactively.

I've bought this app some time ago and also delved into the inApp purchases.
I now re-installed it and am looking for a restore button. Did I miss it or is it left out and I have to go through my whole purchase history to (hopefully) find out which movie scenes and photos I already purchased?

Have you tried Beautiful Clock Radio? It is the same price but include a great integration with radio. i think there is a video on yourtube comparing Beautiful Clock Radio to Nightstand.

Your story is so touching Rafi. I hope you never stop teillng it and discovering the millions of lessons it holds. Have fun with Blue and when you least expect it you may very well have that family.

I agree! The app is HUUGGE! Takes a million years to update! And I have a fast connection.

My husband boghut two of these (one for himself and one for a friend) but then found out that the connecting cable does not thread through the holes in the wood!! HELP! Does anyone know what we are doing wrong? Or did we get two defective Jonas Damon IPhone docking clocks?

Hi folks....can someone tell me how facebook will update? The widget only says " update " . That's all. Nothing happends further. I bought the app. but I think it's useless now. The developer is not answering my email. The other widgets works fine for me. Please help !!! Any suggestions!

Kind reguards From Leo
The Netherlands

I'm having the same problem I think - The Facebook widget won't connect but it's saying its "updating" and has been for close to an hour.
Were you able to fix it?