August 1, 2014

App Review: Bedside 3.0

bedside_iconLike Nyquil’s “nighttime-sniffling-sneezing-coughing…” medicine, the upcoming Bedside 3.0 application is the nighttime, light dimming, sound stopping, music playing, flashlight providing, alarm linking, customizable, amazingly supported must have on your nightstand so you can rest Android application!

I wrote about this application in an earlier article touting its simplicity. Daniel Velazco has done a great job maintaining that simplicity and ease of use while adding functionality. Version 3.0 continues to provide the basics fans of Bedside are accustomed to like a dimmed screen, sound muting and control over color and font while adding several useful features. In the new version the basics are enhanced with greater control over color, text and background, as well as font–five options now compared to only three earlier. This is a new version of Bedside, however, not just a maintenance upgrade with a few modifications; new bells and whistles are plentiful.

Scheduled screen brightness allows you to change the brightness level based on time. If you want your phone to light up bright at 6am as an extra “nudge” to get you out of bed, set it and forget it. For those mornings when you are too tired to open your eyes but you still need to know the time just long press Bedside 3.0 and a voice you configure tells you the time. You can configure speech rate, pitch and language so if you want to be told the current time super fast but in a super slow German pitch, Bedside can do it! Customizable shortcuts now appear on the screen that allow you to configure your favorite music player, alarm, screen brightness and an additional shortcut for whatever else you want one-click access to in the morning. The screen brightness shortcut can be configured to function as a flashlight. I found this feature most helpful! One click and my phone lit up providing more than enough light to help me easily find the power cord to plug in at night or work my way downstairs for a midnight snack without stubbing my toes. I configured the additional shortcut for the Greed application so I was always one-click away from news, flashlight, music and an alarm.

Of course, not receiving notifications throughout the night may insure a restful sleep but it may mean you miss an important SMS message. While Bedside 3.0 continues to allow phone calls, it does, by default, block SMS messages. Unlike earlier versions however 3.0 allows you to disable that default and be notified when you receive a 3am text. The configuration comes complete with a whitelist allowing you to control which contact’s text you want to be notified of overnight and which ones you would just as soon ignore and read in the morning; genius. The list of enhancements and additions doesn’t stop there. Battery status, control over day and weekday formats, 12/24 hour format, auto-start, auto-end and more are all in Bedside 3.0.

Bedside 3.0 will be available for download tomorrow November 6th for $1.49. If you already have the application the download is free. The developer is committed to this application and is very responsive to support issues. You have a cold and want a good night’s sleep, take Nyquil. If all you need is a good nights sleep: download Bedside 3.0, the nighttime, light dimming, sound stopping, music playing, flashlight providing, alarm linking, customizable, amazingly supported must have on your nightstand so you can rest Android application!

  • This App Was Tested Using: G1/Dream on Android 1.6
  • Presentation: Simple to use app with no frills but lots of simple to use and configure features.
  • Value: Price is right.  Nothing else that I have seen compares to it.  The first (and so far only) app I have purchased!
  • Stability/Resources:  No hanging, no sluggishness, no issues of note.
  • Bottom Line or “AG Says” - Bedside 3.0 improves on earlier versions without sacrificing quality or performance.  This is an app worth purchasing.