Otherwise you alarm goes off while you are in the shower, resulting in angry wife!
To disable the snooze you have to remember which alarm triggered and switch it off (then back on)
That also helps a little with the problem of snap decision making that happens so often when it comes to how many times to hit snooze. If you actually have to think about how much longer you can sleep and set an alarm for it, then you're a lot more likely to make a good choice.
p.s. This one was intentional.
The main way they get it wrong is that snoozing/stopping requires cognitive and physical capabilities unavailable when the alarm sounds.
I use an alarm only for special occasions, days when I need, MUST get up earlier than usual. I'm fortunate to have some schedule flexibility, so I mostly get up due to some combination of increased light levels, lighter sleep, and the dog whining because she needs access to the yard.
No alarm on those days. I wake relatively capable. I can operate a door, a Keurig, not spill my water when I pick it up with one hand while reaching for my housecoat with the other, etc.
When I set an alarm I have an early morning meeting or flight. In all likelihood I will be awoken from a deeper sleep than I would wake from normally, and I will be both cognitively and physically impaired. Much of the time, my wife will have no need to wake, and when the alarm sounds I will want to suppress it quickly.
All modern phones fail at this, suck so outrageously it is almost criminally ludicrously funny.
It's way too early. My fingers feel three sizes bigger than they really are. I cannot focus reliably, I am stabbing at the screen, and if I jiggle the damned phone, its orientation changes and now the vertical slide is horizontal or vice versa or whateveritdoesn'tfuckingmatterSHUTUPNOW!
At least with an old fashioned alarm clock there is a big physical switch that can be stabbed stupidly and clumsily to immediate effect.
Said switch either turns off the alarm or buys me enough time to regain some semblance of a double digit IQ and recall how to suppress it completely.
I want a cannot-miss BRS on the phone. That would work for me. Either it would turn off the alarm or the snooze would revive it when I am in the kitchen dealing with the dog and the Keurig and the cat and so far from my sleeping spouse that the snooze would be harmless.
(Big Red Switch, in case you were wondering.)
I've been using Timely (mentioned in the article) for about 6 months now, and I love it. I use a feature that forces you to do a puzzle before the alarm will turn off.
Unfortunately, my sleepy self recently discovered that I can dismiss the alarm (turn it off) without the puzzle though, by closing it from the notification bar. Hopefully that doesn't become a bad morning habit.
One of my childhood ideas for an invention was a variant of this alarm clock puzzle concept: an alarm clock that forced you to play the game "Simon", each time you wanted to snooze. Each time you snoozed the alarm, the puzzle would become more difficult.
If you're as sleepy in the mornings as I am, try face unlock. I haven't tried, but I'm reasonably sure my pre-shower face should not unlock the phone. ;-)
To disable the alarm you would actually need to press a button.
I bet there are lots of UX innovations like this in older devices waiting to be rediscovered... I wrote about that last summer http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/leap-motion-virtual-interfaces/
I think that's a compelling argument as any.
I hate the sleep function (ten minutes of sleep is hardly going to be productive sleep), so this drives me nuts.
 http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/06/health/upwave-snooze-butto... (I'm sure you can find better sources)
If they do choose to include a snooze button, though, I'd prefer they get it right.
I don't have a problem accidentally turning the alarm off. I do however have a problem snoozing too many times and I've found that having a snooze button that requires some effort instead of just smashing the clock reduces the drowsiness between snoozes.
trying to hit some arbitrary button on the screen is not my idea of fun, I don't want to even look at the screen. My phone has physical buttons I can determine by touch alone, use them
I bet if you could find one of those today it'd still work fine, despite being being bashed and knocked on the floor dozens of times over the years.
I don't expect my phone to even be working or usable in 2070.
They had it in an old android ICS custom rom i was using, but it's easy enough to find and download one that does the same thing. If you don't like your alarm clock, customize it instead of complaining about it on HN.