Without considering ones serving external hardware (like Jawbone or Fitbit), we were able to round up 8 diverse app designs worth writing about. While most apps target users who are wide awake, these designers tackled the tougher challenge of presenting complex data and appealing to those preparing for sleep or just waking up. We’ve ranked the below sleep apps in rough order from the ones we think are most successful, to the ones that have the most room for improvement. 1. Smart Alarm Clock (iOS) Crisp, classy, and clearly tailored to iOS 7/8. The information on Smart Alarm Clock is well spaced and the colors are pleasantly subdued – if a little cold. Smart Alarm Clock 2. Pillow (iOS) It’s clear that the developers at Pillow put a premium on design.
They take an innovative approach to present data. The relatively liberal use of color – just slightly overdone – makes for a more cheerful user experience. SleepBot (Android, iOS) There’s a pretty clear divide between SleepBot‘s app for Android (top) and iOS (bottom). Probably designed later, the Android version is more in sync with flat design trends. In places it gets a little crowded but does contain nifty features like a “notes” section. The iOS version, on the special leads another hand, is due for an upgrade—or at the very least, a purge of gradients. Sleepbot_Android SleepBot_ios 4. Sleep Cycle (iOS) Sleep Cycle is perhaps the most venerated of the sleep tracking apps in terms of functionality.
It’s incredibly easy to use and the information is presented in a clear and readable fashion. This is a design that is no-frills, but it works. sleep cycle 5. Sleep Time (Android, iOS) Here’s another case of an Android version (top) looking significantly more up-to-date than its iOS counterpart (bottom). Sleep Time‘s use of vivid colors against the black background adds a bit of excitement but renders the graph relatively difficult to read. Here we veer toward an “unsatisfactory” grade. In view of the beautiful Android designs shown above, Sleep As Android will have to improve in order to live up to its name. It can start by ditching that moss green color and giving its numbers some more room to breathe.