Reviewing Social Networking apps is always fun. More often than not, though, I end up with the ‘been there, done that’ feeling. After all, with established players like Twitter and Facebook already offering great features, you can’t help wondering if there are any bases left at all to be covered. It was with this slight apprehension, that I began reviewing Haloo – Live Chat, Dating, Meet New People , a new Social Networking application for iOS from ROIKMYERS PTE. LTD.
To my surprise, Haloo turned out to have a ton of cool functionality. One of the first things you notice in the app is a visually rich interface, which quite befits an app meant for social networking. When it comes to core functionality, Haloo leaves nothing to the imagination. It contains a locator feature, which shows you a list of potential friends both within walking distance and all the way on the other side of the world. You can view their profiles and start chatting right away.
Chatting is where haloo truly shows its mettle. From random chatting to virtual chat rooms, Haloo excels in them all. You can exchange your photos or movies by simply dragging them in the window or share your location if you choose to .
Haloo offers you a bunch of paid features, if you feel like shelling out for them. Features like making your profile dominate on the locator to increase your exposure, or completely or partially hiding your profile have to be paid for. You can, however choose to just stick to the free features, which are many.
I mentioned earlier that there is little that Facebook, Twitter and other apps haven’t already covered. Any good magician will tell you, however, that the trick lies in the execution. The success of any Social Networking platform lies in the number of users willing to adopt it. With a lovely layout, great design and nifty features, Haloo is definitely worth checking out. My only qualm is the steep price for subscription. At – 1 month [$15.99]– 3 months [$34.99]– 6 months [$49.99], upgrading is anything but cheap. I believe the developers will see a lot more upgrades if the price is reduced. Until then, the free version is an excellent package by itself. Go for it!
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPad touch. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.