Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sleeping with the iPhone


I often listen to my iPhone while lying in bed at night but have always been annoyed by the high volume, even when pulling the slider to near zero. Yesterday I found a great app to help me with this problem, I also though I would share some basic tips for sleeping with Steve's little black beauty.

First of all my latest discovery is the app Volume Control by BahnTech, it is basically an app that allows you to manipulate the sound level with more precision. In the iPhone's normal iPod software the sound is controlled by a slider, Volume Control instead allows you to set the sound level anywhere from 0,01 dB to 1,20 dB. To set the sound level to the lowest possible level might theoretically be possible with the slider but in reality almost impossible to do without muting the thing. To have this increased level of control over the volume is a welcome addition for those like me with sensitive ears. My only complaint is that I would like to be able to go even lower in terms of sound volume but it seems that this is a system limitation and that this app gives you the highest degree of control possible for the iPhone.

Another tip is to use the iPhone's built in sleep timer, a function cleverly hidden within the Clock app. This function is easy to miss but under the Timer function you can choose between different alarm sounds, one of these being "Sleep iPod" which of course isn't an alarm sound at all but an effective sleep timer. So if you are listening in bed at night it might be recommended to set the timer to an hour or two, since listening to the latest Dr. Dre song on repeat all night is unlikely to contribute to your beauty sleep.

Then of course there is the possibility of setting the phone to Airplane Mode, effectively turning off the devises phone functionality. There is as far as I know no proven link between cancer and cell phone radiation but I still feel a bit uneasy about sleeping with my iPhone so close to me brain or penis area. So I chose to turn on Airplane Mode at night, this is also serves as a very effective protection against drunk dials.

Before ending this post I would like to call attention to the fact that I deliberately avoided making any jokes about Apple nerds having to sleep alone with only their beloved iPhone as company, since I do think I deserve some credit for avoiding such an obvious joke.