When comparing Insight Timer Meditation Timer vs Apple Watch - Timer App & Alarm App, the Slant community recommends Insight Timer Meditation Timer for most people. In the question“What are the best meditation timer apps for ios?” Insight Timer Meditation Timer is ranked 5th while Apple Watch - Timer App & Alarm App is ranked 7th. The most important reason people chose Insight Timer Meditation Timer is:
Has a good free intro course.
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Pro Good free course
Has a good free intro course.
Pro Huge range of meditations
Pro Select the opening screen
You can choose from three options as the opening screen (the first thing you see when you open the app):
- Community map
- Meditation library
Pro Detailed metrics on your meditation activity
The application features a statistics section where you can view your past meditation activity. Metrics include amount of time spent and your overall statistics for a certain time period. It also is a good method to see how your meditation is evolving.
Pro High sound quality
The meditation bells in Insight Timer have a very high sound quality which helps to bring a person into a meditative state.
Pro Able to engage with worldwide community
Insight Timer is used by over half a million users in over 140 countries and features a world map, discussion groups and the ability to share your progress with friends.
Pro Notifications can be disabled while the timer is running
Pro Built-in journal feature
When you're finished with a meditation session, the app allows you to write notes about that session. These notes are stored in a journal and can be exported.
Pro Works without iPhone
Almost entirely functional without iPhone. The only thing that requires the iPhone is renaming the labels for the alarms. This comes in really handy for situations where phones are confiscated or frowned upon in monasteries or temples, retreats etc.
Haptic Feedback is as nice as it gets for a discreet but clear and unmistakable alarm for those drowsy moments.
Pro Dead simple
Timer App: Select from several preset timers, or set a custom amount of time before the timer goes off.
Alarm App: Click Add alarm, pick a time you want the alarm to go off and you're done. Optionally you can go back into the alarm if you want it to persist, give it a name (provided an iPhone is connected), or if you want to disable the snooze function or to delete the alarm. From the main screen all you can do is toggle alarms on or off.
Con Too cluttered for a meditation app
Con Quickly drains battery
Insight Timer has some technical issues and the application won't close in the background in some cases. This causes your Android device to be quickly drained of its battery.
Con The marketing banner is horrible
Everytime you open the app you have a huge banner in your face trying to sell you stuff. It's the worst thing about the app.
Con Expensive in-app purchase for bell intervals
There's an in-app purchase of roughly $6 that will add an interval feature between bells, to let the user know how far they've progressed in a session.
Con From the great to the not so good
Con Must charge daily
With the Phone on Airplane Mode the Apple Watch will easily last all day leaving plenty of buffer room to charge, but still, it will require recharging on a daily basis. For many, the most convenient time to do this is as part of their bedtime or wake-up routine. Sometimes both if the watch is used as a wake-up alarm or sleep tracker.
Con No bells or whistles
No sounds of bells, no warm up periods, no statistics, no homekit integration. It's the equivalent of a kitchen egg timer except it's strapped to your wrist and it's silent.