Headspace and Calm are the rulers of the meditation mindfulness app market. After the review of Headspace, it is time to give Calm app a shot.
In this Calm app review, we take a detailed look at Calms design, features and cost to help you decide if this meditations app is right for you.
Calm App Reviews: Meditation Is Easier Than You Think
What Is the Calm App?
Calm is a San Francisco based company founded by Alex Tew and Michael Acton Smith in 2012. It is a meditation, sleep and relaxation app, available in both the App Store and Google Play store.
To date, it has more than 50 million downloads and 2 million subscribers. Calm was Apple App of the Year in 2017, and was ranked by Inc. as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America in 2018.
In 2019, as per Sensor Tower is report, Calm was the most downloaded meditation app and generated the most revenue.
Calm App Reviews: First Impression
Upon logging in for the first time I was immediately encouraged to relax as the words Take a deep breath appeared over a serene blue screen.
Then, I was asked to select the goals I want to achieve, like developing gratitude, reducing stress, increasing happiness, better sleep and more. I choose Increase happiness.
Next, it is a sign up screen. You can sign up with Email, Facebook or with Apple (For iPhone users only).
Now, I was asked to subscribe the app with $69.99/year. To be honest, I dont like this process. I believe Calm should give time to new users to explore the App first rather than asking them to subscribe in first meet.
Finally, I was taken to the home screen which featured a video background of blue sky, mountains, trees and water. The app suggests starting with a meditation series called 7 Days of Calm.
Generally, I liked the simple, clean layout of the app and found the navigation very easy to use.
How Calm App Works
What do you need to work on? Lack of focus? Anxious thoughts? Insomnia? Calms guided meditations have you covered.
Calm combines rich features and a large library of guided meditations with a simple, clean interface.
Calms primary feature is its collection of guided meditations that are designed for beginners and advanced meditators alike.
Guided meditations range in length from 3 to 25 minutes, so you can always find a meditation to fit your schedule. These meditations cover topics like managing stress, improving focus and concentration, fostering better relationships, breaking bad habits, finding happiness, increasing self-esteem, boosting mindfulness, and more.
Calm App Cost & Discount
The Calm app is free to download and it does have a trial version which includes timed meditation options, Day 1 of all multi-day meditation programs, Breathe Bubble and sleep story titled Blue Gold. The app also has a large number of free scenes you can select from to play nature sounds and/or music in the background, on both the guided and unguided meditation.
Calm App Reviews: The Pros and Cons of Calm
The Pros of Calm
- The app is easy to use.
- The design of the app itself is calming.
- The meditations are named so you know what youre listening to.
- Sessions are downloadable so they can be available offline.
- The Calm team has experts with a range of experience and specialty areas.
The Cons of Calm
- Like Headspace, the free version is fairly limited.
- No variation on session lengths, some sessions may feel long to a beginner
Calm App Review: Is the Calm App Worth it
So now the big question, is the Calm app worth it? – It depends.
If you are planning to use Calm for occasional meditation, then I dont think the app is worth the money. It is pricey. Also, if you use meditate occasionally, it is difficult of for you to let it become a habit.