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Ding for Windows Phone 8 helps you get up in the morning in style

Ding

Windows Phone has a built in alarm that does the job well, should you be in the mood to get up in the morning that is. If you're looking for a slightly different experience and a more feature-rich alarm, then Ding may well be the solution. The free app offers more functionality than the system alarm app, with a more aesthetically pleasing interface and some Live Tile action.

Instead of simply offering up a list, Ding goes the extra mile to offer a more immersive experience. Dragging the clock hand around will set the alarm that will help get one up in the morning. The ability to disable / enable the alarm, as well as setting frequency is also available. A number of ringtones can be selected, including Nokia Alarm, which is available on Lumia Windows Phones for the core alarm app.

The theme of the app automatically adjusts depending on the set accent colour. As noted above, a Live Tile can be pinned to the start screen, which displays the status of the set alarm. A helpful tutorial page can be accessed within the app to show exactly how the app can be used, if you require some help getting started - but luckily the interface is fairly simple, clean and it's clear exactly how the thing operates.

App Ding

The app walkthrough appears to show multiple alarms set (dots indicating more than one can be configured), but we were unable to set up more than a single alarm. Hopefully, this will be added in the future. Also the Live Tile needs to be refreshed with high quality content, but it's a free app and we approve of the concept. There are a number of alarm apps available on the store, but we applaud the developer for an interesting take.

You can download Ding from the Windows Phone Store (only listed for Windows Phone 8) for free, which we're told is temporary.

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Reader comments

Ding for Windows Phone 8 helps you get up in the morning in style

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It is a great app, but I would like to see it add the functionality for me to use own music or a radio app like tuneIn and iheartraio.

This looks unique and might be a really cool app....and it's free!

If you are looking for an alarm app, I would suggest 627.AM. It has been perfect for me. It also has an increasing alarm sound option which greatly reduces the earth shattering standard alarm tones. Includes weather and a to do list too.

Thanks for the heads up on 627.AM. I hate that the default alarm doesn't gradually increase the volume.

Yes, I tried this and it's cool and everything but 627.AM has no match. It's beautiful first of all but also really feature packed.
Did I mention it's beautiful? ;)

Emm, did you mention the 'dots'? That means the page of the tips, not the number of alarms we can make.

I use alarms to remind me to clock in and out for work. Don't need this. And I'm going to make it a rule that apps that want to access my contacts or need my account password will not be installed. I recently had my debit card info compromised, and yeah it could have been anyone, but it hasn't happened to me before and I can't trust all these app writers to not be the one to exploit a security hole. Just sayin be careful out there.

You made a good point, why does the app creator need to have access to my pics and contacts and other information that has nothing to do with a clock?!?!

Usually when an app says it needs access to all of those features (and it really doesn't) it's because the developer didn't take the time to uncheck or remove them when the app was being created. Not always the case, but usually.

If the dev couldn't take the time to correctly create his app it is all the more reason to pass on it.

I've never used any other app other than the built in alarms so here may be a silly question.  How do these apps RELIABLY wake up and sound alarm?  Do they need to eat one of your background task slots? Does it have to be running all the time?

Besides a nicer interface, I really so no improvement in the built in alarm in the OS. On my 920, it already has gradual alarm increase in volume and you can set as many alarms as you need for different days of the week. Also, unlike an app, it is reliable. Not sure I see a compelling reason to use this.

Does it have a bigger button to switch of the alarm. With the built in alarm you get a small button to switch off. This is difficult for me to find in the morning half asleep. I want a big button so I can't miss it. A button in the size of the screen would do. It doesn't have to be that way by default but if I could configure it it would be great.
Now I have an angry wife because the alarm sounds longer than it should just because I misses the button. :((

What if you only had to tap the phone to turn the sound off? That's how I turn off my WP alarm every morning and it's awesome.

Would like it if my 920 didn't reboot randomly or just brick lmao. I've been delaying returning the device because of all my game save data, info stored on phone not sim etc

Looks alright, but you can only make one alarm, which is difficult to set with a fiddly interface.

Also, find me an alarm app which allows vibration. Is it the OS blocking this feature?