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Review: Make Your Clock Widget indulges our need to tinker

We feature a lot of widget posts here on Droid Life; we believe that part of what makes Android so amazing is the ability to customize your home screen however you want. Sometimes, though, what someone’s thrown together isn’t enough; you need something a little bit more personal.

Make Your Clock Widget is an application currently in beta that allows you to do just that. At face value, it’s a very simple do-it-yourself app; from its menus, you can choose different elements of date and time, change their color, add a drop shadow, mess with layering and size, and generally muck about until you create something you’re happy with. This is great for fickle types like myself, who need to have things exactly so.  

Once a clock widget is finished, users will give it a name and save it. They can then share it with friends or allow it to be listed inside the app itself (requires an account sign-up.) Each app shows up under the “Make Your Clock Widget” section of the Android widget select menu, and can be set up to open an application upon clicking: I use mine as a really quick calendar reference tool.

Make Your Clock Widget does what it says on the label, and does it well. The app just works, and the only hiccups I had (involving selecting small objects with my fingertip) was ratified by a “list all elements” button, which allows layer selection. Users who want to take a look at a tutorial of how the app works can look at the video below; the developer himself gives a little run-through of all its features.

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On a deeper level, though, Make Your Clock Widget is kind of like the Little Big Planet video game franchise: sure, you can spend five minutes to make a simple platforming level, but when you actually put time into your creation, you’re rewarded handsomely.

As someone who doesn’t have any programming experience, I welcome the ability to choose how deep I’d like to go with it. MYC users have taken otherwise mundane objects, like straight line separators, and used them to spoof creases in a folding clock clone, among other things. They’ve allowed themselves the freedom to experiment with a tool that allows them to be as precise (down to the pixel!) or imprecise as they wish.

And really, isn’t that what Android’s all about?

Make Your Clock Widget is free, and in beta. Grab it off the Marketplace.

Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app guy, and is happy to be celebrating his one year anniversary writing for the site. You can follow him on Twitter, or send him an e-mail with a cake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1529253836 Sal Belleci

    I want to Know if this Widget Replaces the Digital Clock on our Android Phones

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  • Anonymous

    PRetty cool App, just needs a little more polish but slick, I agree with Michael NM if I was sitting at an airport and waiting for my flight to board I would be in this to pass the time away :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/tareq.alsamman Tareq Alsamman

    Great app. I will try it today and can’t wait to start getting dirty :)

    if you like customization check out sweeterhome 2 as well. most customized home replacement out there

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Bartholomew-Bale/532211880 Justin Bartholomew Bale

    When he says “clock” it sounds like “cock” LOL

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful widgets is still a win in my book. All my fav features in one package. Plus i dont need to keep up with kellex’s constant new clock addictions which seem to have spread to matt haha :P

  • Anonymous

    I really like the idea behind this app. Everyone touts the customizability (is that a word?) of android, but for people like us who don’t know jack about coding, there’s still the basic constraint of choosing between other people’s work. With apps like this one, you can truely customize your device. There are a few others like metamorph that I’ve yet to try. I’m not the most creative person, but there’s a sense of pride in creating your own experience :)

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/spneacy sneaced

    add weather and this would be golden

  • Firelight

    Since I’ve gone to “WP CLOCK FULL” I just can’t find myself able to adopt any other clock widgets. Granted, it’s a live wallpaper really – but it rocks for customization (including custom images) as well. I have mine set extremely transparent so as to still give a clean desktop appearance.

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    • Anonymous

      I have too much stuff on my homescreens to even fully utilize a LiveWallpaper. Icons, widgets, picture frames of the kid. Can barely see the stock wallpaper :P (Although for some reason i do own WP Clock Full)

  • Kaufkin

    best clock for me is still Fancy Widget Pro, IMHO. has everything from a 4×2 info block sense clone, to a more detailed weather bar, mini clock bar.. etc.. and VERY customizable. Nice clock app, but still perfer FWP.

  • http://twitter.com/batfandotcom Ben Rollier

    Neat but, I’m sticking with Minimalistic Text Widget. Especially since they are going to be adding the ability to load your own fonts.

  • Anonymous

    I got this a few weeks ago and love it. I want my Android to be my own creation. A Frakendroid, like no other. It is easy to use and has tons of options.

  • Vire

    Hey Matt, what’s battery drain look like for this app?

  • Anonymous

    This would be really cool if I had more… time.

    Also, “sometimes,” “something” seems awry in the first word of the second sentence. :P

    • Anonymous

      Haha, awesome.

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Nice catch. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Great review, and great find! I just bought WidgetLocker, as I’ve been hearing a lot about it over the months, so decided to donate 200 pennies to the dev for making such a cool app. (And yes, it’s awesome…works extremely well on my Droid X)

    Now with ‘Make Your Clock’ widget, I can hopefully use that in WidgetLocker. Sweet!

  • Anonymous

    Cool Idea, too bad I’m impatient to create my own.