Haloo: Written iPhone App Review
Haloo is a free app designed by Roikmeyers Pte. Ltd that seeks to provide consumers with a new way meet others for the purpose of building friendships or dating. Haloo is a social networking tool that is currently available for “free” although a subscription that enables a user to enjoy all of Haloo’s features can also be purchased for $15.99 per one month. Discounts for longer subscriptions are also available through the iTunes store.
Haloo is an app designed to connect iOS users with others interested in meeting new people within their region. This app’s main focus includes a “locator” feature that informs Haloo users of the proximity of other Haloo users; this enables users to potentially get to actually connect in “real life” with others who they meet through the app. At the same time, Haloo also gives people the option of simply browsing through profiles of users throughout the world; to connect with someone through Haloo you don’t need to be within any specific proximity of them. Within the app itself, private “hang out” sessions can be set up, allowing two Haloo users to chat in private. Instant notifications are available through Haloo to alert users when other Haloo-ers are in their area (such as at the same coffee shop). Accounts can be linked with Facebook accounts or they can be set up separately. While some users might be wary that their security is compromised while using Haloo, the app’s developers assure them otherwise. However, in general, it is obvious that anyone who is not interested in meeting pure strangers should not create a Haloo account; Haloo is an app created primarily for the purpose of connecting users with others (presumably strangers), just like many online dating sites.
Appearance and Layout:
The layout of Haloo was practical and not overly cluttered. An intro explanatory session loops through the various features of Haloo, informing new users of all they really need to know about the app. The profiles created through using Haloo are relatively clean, with very little unnecessary information featured, and users can display just one or multiple photographs of themselves if desired. Chatting through Haloo is simple enough, and anyone who enjoys internet chat rooms will be pleased with what Haloo has to offer. Graphically speaking, I thought the icons in this app were well-designed, albeit entirely practical.
Although Haloo is promoted as being a free app, to really get the most out of its features, users will need to purchase subscriptions. While the fee for Haloo is arguably cheaper than that of other dating-focused subscriptions (like those of internet dating sites), this is still a somewhat expensive price for in-app features. Overall, Haloo is an app that will appeal to some, but many others will probably not find it worthwhile to actually purchase a subscription to Haloo.
Haloo iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 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.
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