Five iPhone Apps for Valentine’s Day
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and Valentine’s Day apps flooding the app store, I decided to take a look at them and see if I could help out any lost souls looking for last minute Valentine’s ideas. If you’ve been looking at the genre you also know that there are too many V-day apps to choose from, so hopefully what follows here will help. From all the apps I looked at I found some helpful, some amusing, and many not worth your time. Here is a quick look at the ones that stood out to me.
First Place: Voice Valentines: Professional eCards With Sound by Bottle Rocket
This app allows you to email valentines that you create right from your iPhone or iPod Touch. You choose from several different themes for the background, add your own message, photo, and sound recording. Yes, you send an audio clip along with the card. It is nice to send a card on Valentine’s Day, but it is even nicer to send one as personal as these can be. You can send the card to one or several people at a time. The application and user interface are clean, neat, and easy to use. The only problem that I ran into in using it was that I could not see what my valentine looked like before I sent it. I guess to preview it, you could always send it to yourself first. Just be sure to email off your valentine before you exit the program as it does not save your work.
Voice Valentines is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Second place: Compatible by Chikchak, LLC
Are you and your significant other really compatible? This app is designed to tell you just that. Simply identify the astrological sign for both partners and tap the “compatible?” button. The app will tell you what your chances of romance really are. It provides a heart rating (a ten being perfect). It also will give you some advice about how people with the two different signs interact. I can’t speak for the validity of the information, but it is fun and entertaining to see what it has to say.
Compatible is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Third Place: I have a tie. I guess it all comes down to the age-old dilemna: Candy or flowers?
Candy Valentine Hearts by White Husky Software
Mushy-gushy not your style? Here is a fun and easy way to wish someone a happy Valentine’s Day. Conversation hearts have come to be synonymous with Valentine’s Day. In this app, you can personalize your own candy conversation heart (or chocolate heart if you buy the paid version) and send it to your valentine. You can choose between different backgrounds and different candy hearts. Then, choose your font size and type in your short (1-4 line) message. When you have created your candy heart, you can save it to your photo album and from there email it out to someone or set it as the background on your own device.
Candy Valentine Hearts is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store. Or you can opt for the free version.
Send-a-Bouquet (Valentine’s Edition) by Matthew Paxman
If flowers are more your style, but you would rather not splurge on the real thing, this app provides an alternative. It allows you to send a virtual bouquet. Although, for some it may prove as overwhelming as the floral shop down the road. You choose your flowers, your vase, and your background. Some backgrounds even allow you to personalize further by adding a picture of yourself, your valentine, or the two of you together in a frame next to the flowers. With all of the options, there is bound to be one that fits you. When you are done creating your bouquet, snap a shot of it and email it off to that special someone.
Send-a-Bouquet (Valentine’s Edition) is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Fourth place: iLuv Bubbles by Artixels
This app is a cute way to celebrate Valentine’s Day using your iPhone. When you launch the app, blue bubbles begin flowing across the screen. To “warm” the bubbles and cause them to turn red, place your finger or fingers on the screen. The more fingers on the screen the faster they will warm up. As they continue to warm, the bubbles go from being red to being heart-shaped and then they begin to stick to your fingers. Lastly, they start to change into rainbow colors. Naturally, this process is best achieved with two people. Once the bubbles are warmed you can let them cool and start over again by removing your fingers from the screen or you can insulate them and keep them warm by double tapping the screen. Another double tap brings up a clock. For what purpose I, will never know. A third double tap resets the bubbles.
iLuv Bubbles is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Fifth place: Lover’s Kiss by Eyebolt, Inc.
Along with Valentine’s Day comes kissing. This app allows you to share kisses without having to actually share the germs too. You choose the background for your kiss and the type of kiss. A pair of kissable lips will appear on the screen with the background of your choice. When you touch or kiss the screen, hearts will fly and the sound of the kiss will play. There is even a special zombie kiss appropriate for this Friday the 13th.
Lover’s Kiss is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Honorable mention: A Valentine 50 Ways by Adams Technical
If Valentine’s Day just isn’t going to work out, consider this app. It provides you quite literally with “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” 50 sound clips to help you get rid of that not-so-special person or just have a good laugh.
A Valentine 50 Ways is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
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