Want to keep in touch with your sweetie? These apps are hoping to help your relationship stay afloat. Avocado by Avocado Software, Inc., and Pair by TenthBit Inc., are apps that seek to help you and your significant other communicate, organize and store your memories. Both of these apps seek to create a mobile communication experience for couples to share moments and maintain a private source of communication.
Avocado is $0.99 on the Apple app store and allows couples to upload photos, share their mood, send a hug or kiss and maintain shared lists. Here is why you should use Avocado and what works best:
- Shared lists – Couples can create lists and add photos to them to, mark items as important, and more. This is my favorite feature of the app and what I think is the most useful. User interaction with the lists mimics Clear app and allows users to quickly manage task with motions. (The interaction is also quite fun.)
- Send a kiss or a hug – Hold the phone to your heart or kiss the screen to let you boo know you are thinking of them. This is another fun and quick action you can take in the interface. Kissing the screen or holding the phone to your heart initiates a message to you significant other.
- A kick-ass visual style - with subtle gradients, shadows and a “pop” of green.
Here is where there is room for improvement:
- Lightning bold menu icon – In the main feed there is a green lightening bolt icon that upon clicking takes you into an actions menu. It was not immediately clear to me this was a menu due to it’s placement next to the text box and the icon itself does not seem to fit the theme nor indicate a menu.
- Swipe right for more options - Also within the main feed, you can swipe right to remove a post, find photo sharing options and tweet a post. This function is not easily discoverable by users and could be moved into the feed with small and slightly transparent icons for quick navigation.
- Feed not easy to scan – The main feed feels a little cluttered and its difficult to make distinctions between who has posted what. This could be remedied by creating a back and forth conversation feed or by changing the conversation colors so they appear more distinct.
Pair is Free on the Apple App store and features include: photo and video share, thumb kiss, paint, location share and thinking of you. Here are the best interactions in Pair:
- Feed readability – Users can easily scan their feed for updates with an interface that mimics Messages and has smaller photo icons with switchbacks.
- Actions menu is discoverable – Users can navigate into the actions menu intuitively with the add button to indicate that they are adding a new item.
- Send location option – No need to navigate into any map app to send your location. Users can share their location within the app
What needs some more thought:
- FaceTime button – While it’s useful for couples to easily initiate FaceTime, it is not clear from the button that it initiates this action. The person icon on the button makes it seem like you will be adding another person and it will take you to an off canvas menu.
- Moments and Shared Tasks – These items are currently hidden under the off canvas menu to the left of the screen. These items are not easy to discover here and may be better served up under the actions menu from the live feed. Additionally, the moments interface seems superfluous since users can scroll through their feed to attain the same information.
- Actions menu scrolling unclear – Within the actions menu there is no indication that there are more options available when you scroll further to the right. This could be solved with an arrow indicating there are more items.
These apps are both great ways to keep in touch with the one you love and serve as quick and simple means of communication between couples. If you are looking for a lot of different actions and features, Pair is probably best for you. However, if you are looking to manage shared tasks, Avocado will be better for you as a couple.