GLOBAL – Monday morning rolls into action, your alarm clock selfishly yells “look at me” as it calls for your attention, and before you know it you’ve taken your seat on the bus wishing you were still in bed. There is a way to catch up on some extra Z’s though and still make it to your destination without ending up at the bus depot, late for work. WakeUp lets you know when you’ve arrived at a preset place, using your phone’s GPS. Read on for our App review.
So you’ve found your seat on the bus or train, laid your head against the window for comfort and can feel your heavy eyes closing. Don’t fight it. Let it happen. But before you do so, load up WakeUp and tell it where you’re going.
The first thing you will need to do to make this work, is open Ovi Maps, find the place you want to go to and save that location into your phone, as WakeUp uses your favourites list from Ovi Maps.
Close out of Maps, open WakeUp and press the screen to begin. You’ll be shown a list of your favourite locations that are saved in Ovi Maps, select the one you wish to travel to and you’ll be taken to the dashboard where you’ll see a red road that will gradually turn green as you near your destination, shown at the top of the page.
The time on the left indicates how long it will take you to get to your destination at your current speed, which is also displayed on the right. Once you’ve got the destination set, you’ll want to set your phone to alert you when you get near, by hitting the settings icon on the bottom left. You can set your phone to vibrate or sound your alarm – or both – when you get within 100 metres of your target. You can also have your phone spring into action when you’re a certain amount of time away, from one to five minutes max. Plenty of time to wake from your sneaky slumber.
You’ll need to make sure you don’t close the app otherwise you’ll turn the GPS off, instead press the green arrow and press background, this will minimize the app and will work quietly until it’s need to make a noise.
This is a useful app, as I’m sure many people find themselves in a position when fighting tiredness is a challenge, especially when being rocked to sleep by the motion of public transport. If catching up on a bit of sleep isn’t your thing, WakeUp works well for when you’ve got your head stuck in a book and you find yourself sucked in by a good storyline, only to realise your stop has passed you by. Journeys this won’t work for, though, are those made using underground trains, as it relies on your phone’s GPS which needs to be able to see the satellites up above
Have you fallen asleep on a bus only to miss your stop? Try WakeUp from Ovi Store and don’t let that happen again. WakeUp, £1.00