However, this shouldn’t make the creators of Calm panic because they received a respectable 4.7/5 stars from, at the time of writing, 177,477 people. Not for me, but for my, I have nieces. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Calm’s session lengths and are at least ten minutes long. Headspace's bottom tabs include "Meditate," "Sleep," "Move," and "Focus." Once you have exhausted your free version, only you can decide if it is worth it to you to pay for the service. As mentioned earlier, Headspace also has a wide library of short cartoon videos that cover various aspects of meditation and it’s techniques. Each class goes into a theme in depth with wisdom from an expert in that field. No wallpapers, no music, and no stories here. Although both apps are well done in this department, there are a few key differences in style, length, and selection: Calm has a more modern take on meditation and reminds me of the kind of meditations you might experience at your local yoga studio. Calm’s sleep section is called “Sleep Stories” with similar nature scene selections. So, this information doesn’t narrow down our decision making, but fear-not I will break this down for you. Headspace’s Puddicombe takes a more traditional approach to meditation, as you might expect from a guy who spent years training to be a Buddhist Monk. Just as you need to get your blood flowing, your heart pumping, and your muscles engaged, your brain needs to pause in order to become stronger. It’s a little unsettling at first, but it’s kind of nice after awhile. After that, subscription begins at $12.99/month or you can pay $399.99 as a one-time fee. A feature which I think cements the app as one of the best is the music section which has loads of playlists from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer and even Disney! They are both designed to help you live a better life, and only you can choose which app is best for you. He’s a succinct guide and gets right into the meditation of each session without much preamble. Many different options to pick from based on what you would like to work on as well. It’s very soothing. Masterclasses is a term I’m starting to hear way too much, but in this case it’s just really going over the science of addiction and anxiety. I think gamification is a much-proven technique also used in several other health and fitness apps. Headspace is an app which will take you on a journey of self-discovery. Both apps are very polished with appealing styles. One of my favorite features is the Daily Calm. Each Daily Calm revolves around a theme and is a set minutes long guided meditation. Guided meditations before bed to calm you are also very useful for putting you in the right frame of mind for sleep. He has over 5 years of experience as a writer covering Android, iOS, and Windows platforms and writes how-to guides, comparisons, listicles, and explainers for B2B and B2C apps and services. Two of the most popular such apps are Calm and Headspace. And until I decided to abandon my life for an extended meditation retreat, that Ted space, of course, feel free to tell me about your favorite apps or Zen techniques. There are meditations for those who want to relax or work on anger. Finally, he dropped out of college in the final year. I’ve made an easy guide for you with all the information you need to choose the right meditation app. He currently divides his time between Guiding Tech and Tech Wiser. Each app features a meditation guide: Headspace’s guide is Andy Puddicombe, and Calm’s is Tamara Levitt. Most of Calm’s meditations are between 10-15 minutes long. In a sense, it's fun and entertaining, which is great for people who aren't usually into meditation or are just starting out. See which voice gives you the best feeling and go with that. Corrie Alexander is a blogger and logistics nerd from Toronto, Ontario. Calm’s Homescreen on the left, and Headspace’s Homescreen on the Right. Headspace includes a section just for kids as well. Headspace is more focused on the technical aspects of meditation and Puddicombe excels at using analogies to explain the various concepts. Both versions have endless options to help you sleep. At that point, you’re probably building up a good habit and you’re hungry for something a little bit more. This app's "Move" tab really sets it apart, with an entire exercise and movement portion within its interface. Both the apps offer precise instructions that are easy to follow. The best discount you can get on Headspace is via their Family Plan, which covers 6 accounts for $19.99 per month. (I found the five-minute sessions to be my ideal session length.). I was the most excited about using the Calm app. Usability . The Calm app on iOS has 1 million reviews with an overall rating of 4.8, while Headspace has close to 700,000 reviews and a rating of 4.9. Headspace has a 4.8/ 5 rating, at the time of writing, with 241,966 people stopping by to award these clever meditation moguls stars. They both have the same amount of content for adults, kids, beginners, and more experienced meditators. While it shows they did their homework, people with shorter attention span may find it distracting. At Calm, it is Tamara Levitt whose voice is equally pacifying and soft but with a Canadian accent and has an experience of over 20 years. As someone who needs to have a fan to listen to at night, this is helpful when away from home. With that out of the way, let’s talk about what you get with these apps before you pay for a subscription column gives you access to their seven days of calm in addition to a bunch of other packs. Type above and press Enter to search. Both Calm and Headspace use bright colors in their UI which is oddly satisfying. Both versions will give you a one week trial of their service for free. The tabs on the bottom of the app take you to landing pages specifically for each of these sections, which provide a wider array of content, but you can also get everything you need right on the homepage. But hold up a little longer before making your choice because there are heaps more players in the mindfulness app field – two of which are Waking Up and Reflectly. I’m subscribed to both and I just got the lifetime Calm subscription. its beautiful to read in print what you realize but are reluctant to find appropriate words for !love for sharing this truth reverberates with SILENCE .