Endel app review

Endel is an app designed to help enhance focus. It creates musical and semi-musical soundscapes that use the principles of neuroscience to make it easier for you to focus, relax, study, or sleep. But what makes it stand out from say, a focus playlist on Spotify or YouTube? The answer, quite a bit, actually.

What makes Endel unique is that the soundscapes it creates are tailored to the user and vary depending on the circumstances. It takes inputs from a wide array of sources, such as time, location data, and weather. If you have an Apple Watch, it can even factor in your steps and heart-rate. All this data is used to create individualized and dynamic soundscapes to help you focus or relax throughout the day.

Probably the most striking thing about Endel is its visual design. The app’s look is nothing short of incredible. Its monochromatic and minimalistic style draws you in and blends perfectly with the sound design. There are different visualizations for each of the modes, from Focus to Sleep, which change in sync with the music.

In addition to the standard modes, Endel also has some additional options based off of collaboration with different musical artists. Right now, there are only two, with techno artist Plastikman and the Canadian DJ and partner of Elon Musk, Grimes. Both are excellent, and there is a lot of room for expansion in this area. There is also a mode where you can listen to quotes from Zen philosopher, Alan Watts, playing over various soundscapes.

Endel is all packaged very neatly. Every aspect of it is glossy and sophisticated. Their website and other promotional materials emphasize the scientific basis of what the app does. At its simplest, Endel’s soundscapes are fine-tuned to work with users’ circadian and ultradian cycles to help get the most out of the body’s natural rhythms of focus and relaxation. Within the app itself, it breaks down the science in a lot more detail.

Endel comes with a 1-week free trial, after which you have to pay to continue with the app. The options are $6/month, $50/year, or $90 for a lifetime subscription.

Endel is available on Google Play and the App Store.

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