Excerpt: iHome’s new iA5 is billed as an “app-enhanced” alarm clock. In plain English, that means you can augment this standalone clock and speaker dock by downloading the free iHome+Sleep app for your iPhone or iPod touch to unlock additional functionality.
Excerpt: Alarm clocks designed around the iPhone / iPod are not something new. But an alarm clock like the iA5 App Enhanced Clock that can be completely controlled by an iPhone or iPod is new. You can use this device as a speaker and as an alarm clock with social networking features. Let’s take a closer look. iHome iA5 App Enhanced Alarm Clock The iA5 is a compact speaker (9.34″ W x 5.83″ H x 3.9″ D) with a built in universal iPod dock connector on its front panel.
Pros: Can set up to 18 different alarms, Good sounding speaker for its size, Can wake and sleep to favorite music or playlists
Cons: Only one alarm will work if the iPhone/iPod is not connected, App must be running on iPhone/iPod in order for alarms to fire, Expensive, Must send tweets and facebook posts manually
Conclusion: An alarm clock that interacts with an iPhone app is long overdo. In the future, this is how they should all work. But the implementation here leaves much to be desired. We could tolerate its cheapness, goofy grille-covered display and lack of FM radio, but even a chance of a foiled alarm due to a phone call or or other interruption is unacceptable.
Pros: Above-average sound quality, volume, Unique and powerful feature set, Easy to configure multiple, complex alarms
Cons: Unreliable: Needs app open for most alarms to sound, No built-in FM radio, Grille obscures LCD display, Cheap construction, Tricky to set up without iPod/iPhone
Excerpt: Sleep may be one of our most basic needs, but how much do you really think about it? The iHome iA5 alarm clock and its software partner, the iHome+Sleep iPhone app aim to help you get the best sleep experience possible, using everything from integration with your iPhone’s music library to keeping stats about your sleep habits.