Live Esoteric Chat – Oranum is an app that is bound to create a polarized reaction in a lot of people. It’s created for the purpose of horoscopes, psychic consultations, tarot reading and various other forms of pseudo-science, which people either believe in or don’t. However, despite the inevitably opposing reactions of the “Ohh, that’s so cool!” people and the “Get that away from me, I don’t care” people, what’s presented here is actually quite extensive for those interested in what it has to offer, though it is also hindered with technical issues.
One of Oranum’s definite shining points is its ability to offer a lot of different information and options into easy to read menus and submenus. There’s one for horoscopes, and once you’re within your personal sign you get options for daily horoscopes, weekly ones, monthly ones, etc. There’s then another menu for various articles about birth stones, mediumship, and metaphysics, just to name a few. These articles are free and quite interesting, though not organized in any particular way beyond one giant scrollable blog-like format.
Unfortunately the controls are where this app surely suffers the most. Though they’re all laid out in an easy-to-understand format, sometimes button presses simply do not work for several seconds because of the app’s uncomfortably slow loading. This happens frequently whether you’re switching between menus a lot or not, and is very noticeable.
This app is functional in some ways and dysfunctional in others. The aforementioned articles and horoscopes are laid out well, and that’s honestly what many people will be using the app for. Many of the other features (such as chatting live with a psychic) cost money and range in cost depending on who you would like to speak to. I admire the ability to video chat with a psychic for free first and discuss whether they can help you or not, but even that feature is generally for those who are very dedicated to believing in psychic abilities.
Customer support is also full of options – just within the iPhone app, you can contact support by live messaging, phone, or e-mail, and it’s nice to see that the creators are putting so much effort into satisfying their customers. Unfortunately, the app has crashed fairly frequently (as much as twice within a couple of minutes when switching between menus quickly) and as mentioned before, the page loading is slow. This makes the buttons feel unresponsive, since I sometimes did not receive feedback for several seconds.
The Oranum app does offer a variety of information, as well as a plethora of unique services. Hopefully an update to tweak some issues is around the corner, and at that point this will be quite a nice app for those interested in their future.
Live Esoteric Chat iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
The iPhone app review rating: