iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Despite the gap that technology has made in face-to-face communication, there are still many ways to meet new people and even find potential people to date. One of these ways is through Halfeet, a location-based mobile app developed by independent publisher, Yuying Xiao.
Concept and Functionality:
The homepage features a list of people, listed from closest to farthest in distance, who have the app turned on. You can switch between a scroll-friendly layout, which gives you more information on each person, and a gallery layout, which puts the focus on users’ photos.
As mentioned previously, Halfeet tracks users’ locations, so you can see just how close or far people you interact with are. If you’re looking for people who meet certain criteria including gender, zodiac sign and distance, there’s a filter option which narrows down your specifications. When you check someone’s profile, that person will receive a notification through his or her chat inbox.
Since Halfeet is designed with a more international audience in mind, the information that the app asks you to provide include blood type as well as height and weight in metric units. But there are also the traditional profile details such as interests, hobbies and more.
Halfeet is breaking into a category that is pretty saturated already. Apps like Tindr and Grindr are both location-based dating apps. What makes Halfeet standout from these other apps is that its audience is multi-lingual, and not just English-speaking.
Like other messaging apps such as LINE and WeChat, Halfeet has stickers, albeit a small selection, of its own. When chatting with someone, you can choose from a number of emotions to express including happy, angry, pitiful and even sinister. In addition to stickers, Halfeet allows you to send photos, doodles, map screenshots, and canned jokes and phrases to break the ice.
There’s a level of customization that Halfeet also offers to users which mimics other messaging apps. If you’re getting bored of the default setting, you can change the theme of the app as well as the style of the chat bubbles and wallpaper.
Halfeet also doubles as a semi-social network. If there’s something you want to share with everyone in the Halfeet community, you can post a photo or whatever is on your mind as a status. In this way, using the search feature, you can type in a phrase and see if there are any posts that match up to your query.
Despite the customization, the interface could be more polished. It’s a bit rough here and there, but these minor user interface issues do not take away from the Halfeet experience.
All dating and people-discovery apps are different in their own way. In Halfeet’s case, there’s more to the app than just dating – there’s a nice level of customization as well as a unique way to look up people through their posts.
I received a couple of messages through the app – some friendly, some not so much. If you run into the latter case, Halfeet gives you the ability to not only report users but also add them to a personal blacklist.
A good amount of people use Halfeet, so whether you are looking for love or just someone to chat with, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Halfeet is compatible with with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 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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