Some people are groggy when they’re woken up by an alarm — others ignore the noise entirely and pound the alarm clock for silence (or more likely punch at the smartphone to shut it up). So so who can’t appreciate the TCL Pulse Bluetooth Enabled Vibration and Sound Alarm for what it does?
TCL Pulse couldn’t have been useful a dozen years ago because back then phones weren’t so ubiquitous and alarm clocks (as well as wristwatches) were still in heavy rotation. Not to mention that Bluetooth needed time to get its act together. But with that said, today it makes good sense for a device that integrates with Bluetooth and a smartphone to act as a “wake-up” aid. And that’s exactly what the TCL Pulse does.
It’s shaped like a big teardrop of hard plastic which should be able to handle falling off a bed onto the carpet. I say that because the most sensible place for TCL Pulse to be found is under a pillow where it can vibrate away to rouse a person by sounding off to the head-bone. Adjustable vibrations, sure. Plus there’s a sound setting just in case someone is such a knucklehead that they don’t get that the vibrations going off mean it’s time to raise the head and greet the day. Or you can do both vibration and sound, plus up to 10 alarms. As to the countdown alarm, that has value when taking a “catnap” — just know that music isn’t part of the alarm system and frankly that’s good because it’s a lot easier to ignore an alarm when music is the motivating factor. And whether you believe the talk about cell phone radiation being bad or not, here’s another alternative for not having to sleep with your phone because you want to use its alarm.
But thinking “outside the box” means you could use it as a reminder for other things too. Maybe to tell you it’s time to stand up from your home office and move around? A lot cheaper solution that an Apple watch, that.
Amplifze makes the TCL Pulse in black or white or a pinkish color; frankly who cares since it’s going to “live” mostly beneath a pillow. Still it’s a nice addition (nicer than caring what color the Troll living under a bridge is). But nothing comes without a price — and here it’s both a literal and a technical thing: the literal being you have to spend $39.95 if you want to take it home, and unless you’re using an iPhone 4S or up, iPad with Retina display or up, iPad Mini or up or 5th Gen iPod, you’re out of luck. The app you download to do all the various bits is definitely fruit, as in Apple. Android folks can just keep sleeping.