Total Score: 28.5
The 3 Minute Mindfulness app offers you the opportunity to carve out three minutes of relaxation in your busy schedule. You could do this at work, at home, or while waiting in line to pick up your kids from school.
This is one of those apps that doesn’t do a lot, but does what is promised well.
Price Rating = 4 Free. You get two different types of breathing exercises at no cost. Others can be unlocked for .99 or get the whole package (which includes a log) for $3.99.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 There is no complexity with this app. It is a one purpose app, and delivers functionality well.
Readability Rating = 5 Fonts are nice and large.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 Whenever you need a quick break to decompress, you can open this app.
Downsides Rating = 0 Other than the fact that you have to pay for more functionality, there are no difficulties with this app.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 This app was introduced on April, 2014, and now has just about 40 ratings.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 Setting time aside for your health is always a good idea. This article outlines some of the benefits of meditation.
How does it work?
- The app opens up to a list of five different breathing exercises. The first two (Equal and Square) are free. The others open up if you choose to pay for them.
- You tap on your choice of meditations (Equal for example) and see instructions to inhale and exhale. You are prompted by words and by a beep – in case you want to close your eyes. It will continue for 3 minutes. While it is playing, all options are removed from the screen and you simply see the circle and your progress through it.
- You can tap the screen to see your progress, and potentially pause it. You could also tap “Close” at the top left.
- Back at the home screen, you can see the “Settings” wheel at the top right. On the settings screen you can increase or decrease the timing of the breathing (if you open up the “all the things” option.)
- On the “Settings” screen you can open up the notifications to get reminders. Also on this screen are the usual support options.
Just one additional thought. I do some meditation and I thought it would be a good idea to close my ideas. When I did that, my mind started racing with all the things I needed to do. For me, it was more restful starting at the screen and concentrating on the prompts. Try it and see what you think. Will you be sold on the app and upgrade to the extra features, or will you find the free exercises meet your needs?
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It requires iOS 8 or later. The App was developed by Honeyseed Limited.