What time is it? Time to get a smart clock

If you're anything like me, smartphones have a habit of displacing all sorts of other tech in your life: cameras, calculators, remote controls — there really is an app for all things. For years I used my phone as an alarm clock, and that was a totally acceptable solution. A few weeks back I learned about a great deal on the Lenovo Smart Clock, and promptly picked one up — and let me tell you, this thing quickly won me over. Now with Black Friday shopping upon us, you've got a great opportunity to pick up a Smart Clock for yourself for a mere $35.

I'll be the first to admit that this product class was a tough sell for me at first. I like Assistant on smart speakers just fine, and although I find Nest Hubs really useful, already I find myself wishing Google didn't dumb down their interface quite so much. If even a Nest Hub needs to do more, why even look at a further-shackled Smart Clock?


www.androidpolice.com The smart clock I never knew I needed so badly is on sale this Black Friday weekend

For as trite a sentiment as it is, sometimes less really is more, and with what it offers the Lenovo Smart Clock is a perfect fit for my bedside table. Here I don't need the distraction of local news highlights, or really videos of any kind, and this gadget's happy to oblige. The petite 4-inch touchscreen gives me just enough information and interaction to be useful without being distracting. With a swipe I can control bedroom lights, set a new alarm, or tweak my settings to an existing one.

It seems a little so obvious that it's almost stupid to say, but I missed having a clock by my bed. I don't think it was ever a conscious decision to get rid of one, but with phones doing so much and wanting to keep them within reach, a simple clock just felt superfluous. I'm happy to welcome one back, as I'm enormously enjoying just rolling over and seeing the time right there, rather than blindly reaching for a phone in the dark (or having a way-too-late conversation with the Assistant).

There are a couple little complaints I have from the few weeks I've been using the Lenovo Smart Clock. As we noted back when reviewing it, the speaker's not the best, so I still keep a Nest Mini around in the same room for music. I'm also a little concerned that the touchscreen interface makes it a little too easy to hit snooze or turn off the alarm. I'll admit there have times I've appreciated how low-effort tapping snooze can be, but I've also definitely turned off the alarm many times by accident when I only meant to snooze.

I managed to luck out and grab my Lenovo Smart Clock for super-cheap when Walmart was clearing out stock earlier this fall, but now that I'm a convert I've got no problem recommending even at the price you can grab it this Black Friday weekend, of just $35. Back when it was $80 we balked at the price, but it's just impossible to be take issue at this level. And if you're looking for a little extra functionality, you can grab the second-gen Smart Clock with its wireless dock for only $70.

Buy at Best Buy

Weekend poll: What would it take to get you to subscribe to YouTube Premium? Read NextShareTweetShareEmail Related TopicsAbout The AuthorStephen Schenck(273 Articles Published)

Stephen has some feelings about phones. Strong feelings. Feelings you wouldn't understand.