Serenity App Hopes To Soothe Away The Worries Of The Day [Review]

Serenity for iPad screenshot

New from Tap Tap Tap is Serenity, a relaxation app for iPhone or iPad.

Relaxation app? What’s one of those? It’s an app for relaxing by; in this case, a digital jukebox of all things peaceful, calm, tranquil, and imperturbable. It plays sounds and moving images to lull you to sleep, or at least to a less troubled state. It’s an anti-alarm clock. Without the clock.

You’re presented with five pages of calm settings to flip through, and a shuffle button for those times when you’re too damned stressed to decide which peaceful scenario you want JUST INJECT THE CALM RIGHT HERE BUDDY.

Ahem. As I was saying, there are five screens, each one with a theme and six peaceful serene moods for you to choose from. There are beaches at sunset, babbling streams at dusk, roaring waterfalls, birdsong-rich woodlands, and floaty-spacey places playing something that sounds like Brian Eno.

There really isn’t that much to it. The only other control is a sleep timer, so you can leave this thing babbling, roaring, birdsinging or Eno-ing in the background until you drift off.

It’s beautifully made, as you’d expect from Tap Tap Tap. Not all the different moods (places? settings? concepts?) work, at least not for me. I found the ones with natural soundscapes far more interesting than the ones playing soft piano.

It’s only a dollar and purely in terms of the work that’s gone into it, that’s a bargain. The question you need to ask yourself is: do I want to relax in front of another screen? For me, the answer is no, I’d rather do my relaxing away from screens and gadgets.

But it’s not always about going to sleep. You might like Serenity playing in the background while you work, or playing while you meditate or do some yoga. It’s only a dollar, and you certainly get a helluva bucket of calm for your money.

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • ErgoOrgo

    I am sure this has a niche in someone’s office cubicle / meditative commute, but I agree that relaxation is best done away from a screen. I also think almost the same is possible with a nicely arranged slideshow. As I struggle with app clutter enough as it is, this is not the app for me

  • Tombo

    Sleep Sounds and Sleep Songs are also good relaxation apps. Many people use them to relax at night. You can lock the device so it’s dark, ergo not relaxing in front of a screen. The sounds and songs are high quality so you can plug it into your stereo or headphones at night and it will sound even better. I’ve gotten reviews about people with sleeping disorders and it even helped one gentleman relax while stationed overseas. It’s a niche market, but for the people that like this type of app, they *really* like it. I was surprised at the popularity.

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