LoveThis – Recommendations with Friends: Written iPhone App Review
One of the things I love to do is share discoveries with others. This is especially true if I have dinner at a new restaurant or find a great book at the library. If you’re like me, you’re aware that it can be pretty difficult to keep track of what you’d like to recommend and who you want to recommend it to.
Concept and Functionality:
When it comes to productivity apps, my view is that simpler is better. I’m not a fan of apps that require you to go through 50 different steps just to do one little task. This is especially true for note-taking and keeping track of the little things.
When you first open LoveThis, you’re asked to sign up either via Facebook or by creating an account with your email address. The app has a beautiful design which was completely redone in the last update. The main page is clean and organized really well. Finding your way around doesn’t take long at all thanks to a recently added trainer which guides you through creating your first recommendation.
Creating a recommendation can be as simple or as detailed as you like. Simply give your recommendation a title and choose the related category (shops, food, books, movies, etc.). You can even attach a picture and comments, along with contact information such as a location, website, email address, or phone number.
Once the recommendation has been created, it’s displayed as a beautiful reference card which can be shared via email or with your friends who also use LoveThis. You can even search for the item they’re recommending on Google and add your own comments.
Found a friend’s recommendation that you really like? All you have to do is press the “Collect” button on the recommendation’s page. LoveThis is like the Pinterest of the recommendation world.
I have to say that my favorite LoveThis feature is the ability to save the actual location of a place you’re recommending. This is much easier than trying to correctly remember and spell the name of a restaurant or other business. Not only that, but it makes it a lot easier for friends to navigate to your recommendation.
The main screen also allows you to filter your recommendations by categories, friends, and keywords. Plus you can see a map which gives you a wonderful overview of all the recommendations you’ve added a location to. There’s even a recommendation feed for your friends who are also LoveThis users.
Lastly, the red bookmark ribbon in the top right corner of the app gives you a very detailed look at the types of recommendations you’ve made based on categories. This is perfect for users who have made a ton of recommendations and would like a simple and quick way to access them by category.
The only problem I experienced with LoveThis is I couldn’t find a way to edit or delete recommendations I created. If there is a way to do so without having to use the website version, it definitely isn’t easy to find.
Who doesn’t love free app? Better yet, who doesn’t love a free app that’s actually really fun to use? LoveThis takes the effort out of creating and sharing recommendations with friends and family. Download it in the App Store and give it a try!
LoveThis – Recommendations with Friends is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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