Valentine's Day apps for iPhone

By Lex Friedman, Macworld |  Personal Tech, iPhone apps, Valentine's Day

Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches. If you prepare carefully, love can also be on your iPhone. I looked at a trio of Valentine's Day-themed apps. My advice? Stick with roses and chocolates.

I recognize that the $1 LoveAffinity from Antonio Curci is most likely meant to be charming and cute, but I found it neither. The app purports to calculate a numerical "affinity" score for you and your (potential?) beloved, based on your zodiac signs and what the app calls "other things"--which I chose to interpret as "other nonsense."

You tap in your name, your loved one's name, and your respective dates of birth, and the app outputs your love quotient. You can generate one for today, and one for your overall relationship. Today, my wife and I scored a 57 percent--we're apparently 64 percent overall. Of course, I'm not entirely clear what that number's supposed to mean, and I shudder to think about the V-Day battles that could ensue if you and your date try the app out and score poorly. Even as a semi-romantic gag, Love Affinity's mediocre design and total lack of genuine usefulness, coupled with its incessant suggestion that you share your affinity level on Twitter or Facebook, hardly seems worth the bother.

iFallinLove, on the other hand, is actually a bit cute. But I doubt you'll keep this $1 offering from Softly Software on your iPhone very long. (It's not iPod touch compatible, by the way).

If you're using the app solo, you'll launch it and tap the heart when you're in a place you love. From then on, when you launch the app, the bright red heart will loom large if you're near that beloved locale, but get progressively smaller the further you move away from the spot.

If you find a friend or loved one with the app, you can both tap your hearts simultaneously, and then they'll theoretically swell when you're close, and shrink when you're apart from one another. I wasn't able to test that.

iFallinLove's interface, like the app's capitalization rules, is minimal at best. There's not much to do other than tap a heart or look at it, though the latest version adds a compass-like arrow that "points you to your love" as well as the ability to send a message to your beloved. If this app sounds like it's up your alley, then by all means snag it. It couldn't hold my interest.

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