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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Advanced Alarm Features with the N9

There has been much said about the Nokia N9 such as the awesome form factor and snappy Meego system but sometimes its the simplest features that makes your day. I don't think I've read a N9 review which looks at just how handy the alarm feature are on the Nokia N9. Here are a few that I've deemed worthy of a closer look. You can get to the alarm on the N9 by going to the CLOCK application. 

Different Day, Different Song 
How you wake up can sometimes ruin or make your day. The Nokia N9 allows you to choose a different tune for each different alarm that you set. This seems like such a basic feature but has been lacking in Nokia phones until now. You could have "I Don't Like Mondays" playing as your alarm on Mondays and another song for Saturdays and Sundays. 

Recurring Alarms
Many people don't know that with your phone, you can set recurring alarms. For Nokia phones before the Nokia N9, you could set a recurring alarm for weekly, weekdays, weekends or daily. However, with the N9, you can now also set which day(s) you want that alarm to sound. For example, you can set a wake up for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7am and another different wake up time for Thursdays and Fridays.

Snooze Time
This is a useful feature as we are all very different people. Some consider 5 minutes a snooze whereas others don't see the point and have a snooze of 20 minutes to get maximum benefit in the morning. Well, to each his own. You can even have different snooze times for different days.

Multiple Alarms
The N9 allows you to set multiple alarms with the different settings above. I am not sure how many but I set up eight alarms before getting bored. 

Alarm 1,2&4 ON, Alarm 3 OFF
Another unmentioned feature in the alarms is the ability to toggle on and off each different alarm. For example, you can turn off the Monday-Friday alarms when you start your three week holiday and then when you go back to work, you can turn them back on again without setting it all up again. Once again, a very simple but useful inclusion in the N9 alarm features. 
If you have any questions about the N9 alarm leave a comment below. 


  1. Well.. I've got a question, maybe a little bit strange, but I cannot find any information about that: Does alarm work even if Nokia N9 is switched off? I like switch off my phone when I'm going to sleep, because I don't need to call anywhere when I'm dreaming;) And of course battery consuming is minimal during the night. It was possible on my old one Nokia N95. It is not possible on Samsung. What about N9 ?

  2. @Freejazzy.can't you test that in the time you've take to write this post??

  3. @Freejazzy - I can confirm Alarm does work even if powered off.... (btw, i know its an old post)