An Android tablet / phone would be perfect. It has a battery, will use local wi-fi, will set itself automatically, will survive a power outage, has local storage for music, and has an internal speaker of comparable quality to most clock radios. Awesome! The dilemma is that, I just want the device to function as a clock by default. When the device boots, I do not want an app launcher; I just want to see the time (and possibly the next alarm) in full-screen. The only think I want is a reliable alarm clock that I don't have to worry about, and will wake me up in the morning to my own playlist or streaming internet radio station. It doesn't seem like too much to ask.
I know that many of you will be tempted to reply with, "Why would you want to dumb-down a powerful tablet?". The answer to that is, "Because I want a touch-based, streaming alarm clock. No more, and no less, and there do not seem to be any comparable, dedicated, non-discontinued devices for sale that will fill this need."
So my question to y'all is two-fold. First, do you have any suggestions on how to transform an android tablet (or phone) into such a device that boots directly to a clock? I'd also be open to hear about any dedicated touch-screen, DLNA-compatable, streaming internet radio, alarm clocks for under $150. You are a smart, inventive group of folks. I figure if anyone would have a solution, it would be you guys.