Hypnotic Sleephour: iPhone App Written Review
If you’re like us, you have a really hard time getting yourself to sleep. In fact, it’s basically a nightly struggle for you simply to go out cold, and then not wake up the next morning with a raging case of the “groggies.” If that sounds familiar than go ahead and queue up for today’s review, as we’ve got Hypnotic Sleephour by developer SiynApps. The app makes it quick and simple to fall asleep using a combination of ambient noises and beautiful images. And with a plethora of extras, including a timer and a catalog of more sounds, we have a feeling your good night’s sleep will be getting even better from here on out. For our full review, simply scroll on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
As stated, the basic idea behind Hypnotic Sleephour is relatively simple: The app is designed to lull you into a position where you can more easily and more readily fall asleep. It does so firstly by presenting you with soothing sounds of desert winds, the calming ocean, or the sweet rainforest. No matter what the ambience, you can rest assured (no pun intended) that you’ll be relaxed. From there, the app throws in images of those places associated with the sounds, providing you with rich and engaging landscapes to look at. The idea behind this is basic: By relaxing you and giving you soft visual stimuli to make use of, you’ll very quickly feel tired enough to sleep.
The app even includes a few extras, like a napping timer which you can turn on and adjust to meet your napping needs. You can also integrate directly with social media, or pause and play the images at will. You can even like the images as they scroll by, saving them for later. And with a handy catalog, you can purchase even more materials to fall asleep to.
Design and Interface
Sadly, though, the app just isn’t the most gorgeous utility we’ve ever seen. In fact, we weren’t really fans of it at all. For instance, it seems a bit rough around the edges, using icons that don’t quite match, stock iOS elements that look ripped out of a drag-and-drop editor, and even a lock screen player that’s too garish for our tastes. Still, the app does work and it works well, which means most of our complaints are aesthetic and not functional in nature.
For the money that you’ll spend, you’ll get an handful of free sounds and photos. This seems like a decent bargain to us, and with the option to buy more material later, you will certainly not be running out of content. The effectiveness of the app, of course, largely relies on you and is difficult to judge. But if you’re looking for a new way to try to fall asleep, consider using your iPhone and Hypnotic Sleephour.
Hypnotic Sleephour requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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