WeDate: Written iPhone App Review
Dating apps can be compared to fish in an ocean. Some are cool and pretty to look at, and others are downright dangerous and sketchy. WeDate, developed by Changming Li, is a free and well-designed dating app for iPhone. Whether you’re looking to chat or meet new people in person, this is definitely an app to consider.
Concept and Functionality:
WeDate seeks to eliminate the awkwardness by allowing you to provide as much or as little information as you want. Unlike other apps and services, you won’t be grilled with 500 questions about your personality. There are no secret formulas, just the ability to connect with people via chatting and creative question based games.
WeDate allows you to create an account by linking the app with Facebook or via email. As you’re completing the sign-up process, you can immediately upload an avatar. The app asks for your location because it uses geolocation to find other members around you, and disabling location services for the app doesn’t hinder you from using it. Once you’ve signed up you can browse profiles and chat with members who are online. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create dates or attend dates created by other members.
One thing I do want to mention is that you need to be at least 17 years old in order to sign up and use WeDate. Though many member profiles were fine, I came across quite a few vulgar images that definitely wouldn’t be suited for younger audiences. While this isn’t terribly unusual for dating sites and apps, I quickly got the impression that these sort of photos were allowed.
One of the first things I look for in an app like WeDate is how well personal security is handled. This covers things like what sort of information is available to anyone who is browsing your profile. Unfortunately I couldn’t find many settings that would allow you to have complete control over your information, which made me pretty uneasy. For example, anyone can see who is currently online and available to chat, and I couldn’t find a way to disable this feature. Also, I don’t see a way to delete your account if you don’t want to use the app anymore.
Security aside, WeDate does offer quite a few features that make it a pretty useful social app. For example, you can upload photos to a personal album that is viewable by other members. Also, keeping track of people you’re interested in is as simple as “Liking” their profile.
Lastly, you can choose to partake in The Truth Game, which is a question-and-answer game designed to bring members of WeDate together. Everyone can see answers to questions and you can easily track which questions you’ve asked or given an answer to.
WeDate is available for free in the App Store and isn’t supported with ads. This is a very “what you see is what you get” dating app. If you’re looking for a new friend to chat with our new group of friends for a night out, I definitely recommend giving this app a try.
WeDate is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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