Canoodle: The Smarter Way to Date From Your iPhone


Price: Free
Canoodle: Written & Video iPhone App Review

Canoodle for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We’re not sure what it is—likely the fact that Spring is in the air—but we’ve been seeing a lot more dating applications arriving on the iPhone lately. With that in mind, we’re locked and loaded to bring you yet another entry into the field, this time with a fairly unique twist. The application is called Canoodle, and it offers the ability to tie directly with your Facebook account to find those in your area who have similar interests. It’s a fairly efficient method, and at first blush (pun intended) it looks to be a promising one. For our full review of Canoodle, you need only to slide on down below the break!

Concept and Functionality

As stated, Canoodle offers one truly revolutionary twist to its makeup that makes it noteworth—aside from its deliciously decedant name, of course. The app ties in directly with your Facebook account, should you choose to hook them up, and then polls the area for users with similar likes to yours. If the stars align, you’ll get a full readout of those matches directly from within the app. Considering most of us use Facebook to begin with, and often put a lot of our interests on the site, it’s a surefire way to find at least a few individuals worth checking out.

Other than this, it’s a fairly standard dating-via-iPhone affair to be hand here, though certainly a good one! The app provides you with a way to send suggestive winks to potential matches, or a message. You can also chat with other users. All in all, it’s a solid, classically inspired approach that deals a lot more with the social side of the dating scene itself, rather than creepy hookups run through your iPhone. We appreciate this a lot, actually.

Graphics and Interface

Canoodle for iPhone

Canoodle for iPhone

It also doesn’t hurt that Canoodle is one good looking application. It’s got a rockin’ interface, as well as some solidly simple performance. It took us hardly any time at all to hook our Facebook account up to the application, and then start looking for potential dates in our area. Furthermore, the bevy of tabbed navigational controls, fly overs, and sliders makes the app a breeze to flick through. Heck, it even comes with a handy news tab to keep you up to date with what’s happening. And if that isn’t class, we don’t know what is!

Overall Value

Like most dating services for the iPhone, you will need to eventually pony up with a subscription to continue to use it. As far as these things go, it isn’t a terrible price to pay, and you’ll get a lot of free functionality out the gate. Still, if you’re looking for a totally free way to meet people, this ain’t it. Then again, it’s likely safe, better, and more accurate to your tastes than anything else.

CanoodleCanoodle requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.

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