Date-Radar iPhone app gives few details, even fewer options

Jan 26, 2011
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The Date-Radar iPhone application is useless, whether you’re looking for a meaningful relationship or a one-night fling. The app does not require users to register, or create a user name and password, which is a nice change from so many other apps. But it’s mostly downhill from there. You’re prompted to enter very basic information about […]

The Date-Radar iPhone application is useless, whether you’re looking for a meaningful relationship or a one-night fling.

The app does not require users to register, or create a user name and password, which is a nice change from so many other apps. But it’s mostly downhill from there.

You’re prompted to enter very basic information about yourself, including a nickname, gender and age range, such as 18 to 25, 26 to 30, etc. Users also enter what gender they’re looking for, and for what purpose — one night, companion or relationship.

Hit “Search,” and Date-Radar is supposed to provide you with a list of potential matches. If you spot someone of interest, you can send a message to that individual through the app. The app also includes a feature that lets you block someone from messaging you.

The problem lies in the fact that the information is so basic, it’s hard to differentiate between potential matches. All you can see is their gender, age range and what they’re looking for. The app does use GPS tracking to create matches, so you know he or she is in your general area, but that’s about it.

There is no photo feature, and no way to really verify if the information being shared is accurate. For all you know, you could be chatting with someone who is 30 years older or younger than you.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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