Break the Ice!: Meeting New People with the Same Old iPhone

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Break The Ice!: Written and Video iPhone App Review

Break the Ice for iPhoneReviewed by Luke Patrick

No matter how you slice it, meeting new people can be quite difficult. Whether you’re looking in bars, trying out singles courses, or just looking for new friends in a fresh city—it’s a rough-and-tumble jungle out there, and you might find yourself with fewer options than you’d like. Thankfully, though, you can use Break the Ice! to get the job done! The app makes it incredibly easy to find people in your area (or in the same room) and can be a real godsend when you’re lonely. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break, as well.

Concept and Functionality

The idea behind Break the Ice! looks something like this: The app allows you to look for people in your immediate location—not miles and miles away—who are also looking for people. You start all of this by creating a profile for yourself. This can be as detailed as you’d like (pina coladas and walks in the rain) or as basic as you’d prefer. Once you’ve finished your profile, that’s it! You’re now ready to get to looking for others at your location.

The app, of course, does this using your phone’s GPS. It scans for other app users nearby, and then displays the results. You then send an anonymous “hello” to the other users. If they respond and are equally as interested, then your identity is revealed. This is a great way to preserve your privacy and keep you safe while you’re out and about. And, of course, the chat function in the app behaves exactly as an SMS conversation should. That is until you decide to actually go face-to-face, but then you hardly need Break the Ice! at that point then, do you?

Graphics and Interface

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We have to admit, Break the Ice! looks rather spiffy on the iPhone. Its interface could not be simpler to manipulate, nor could it be any easier to get around. We had our profile set up in only a matter of seconds, which shows you just how speedy the app can be to use. Quite feasibly, one could have a profile setup and be looking for new friends or hookups in only three minutes—give or take. That’s an impressive feat, and one that we’re happy to recognize. All in all, Break the Ice! is a solid looking app, and we have no real design complaints with what it’s packing.

Overall Value

We can hardly argue with Break the Ice! in terms of value, either. It costs nothing to use, which is always a good element to throw into the mix. So at the end of the day, if you’re looking for a convenient, secure, and private way to look for public acquaintances, Break the Ice! is perhaps one of the best apps we can recommend. It’s free, it’s pretty, and it’s easy to use. Need we say anything more than that?

Break the IceBreak the Ice! requires iOS 4.0 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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