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Local Hookup Apps Shootout: Reviews of the Best location-aware Dating Apps [2012]

I’ve been play­ing with a vari­ety of “local meetup” / “flirt locally” apps — the type that let you post a pic and chat with peo­ple near your GPS loca­tion on your smart­phone. There’s some pretty con­sis­tent fea­tures between the dif­fer­ent apps: You get a pro­file pic, you get a pro­file. It shows you peo­ple near you. That seems to be where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end, though, since they’re all posi­tioned a bit dif­fer­ently. Read on for my reviews of the most pop­u­lar apps.

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Table of Contents

  1. Badoo App Review
  2. Skout App Review
  3. Flurv App Review
  4. Blendr App Review
  5. OKCu­pid App Review
  6. Plenty of Fish (POF) App Review

Badoo App Review

Thanks to an adver­tis­ing cam­paign in New York (and likely other cities too) Badoo has def­i­nitely got the mind-share when it comes to GPS dat­ing apps. Because of this there are a LOT of users on the site, which is cer­tainly a good thing! Over­all, it’s def­i­nitely worth a try. Every­one on Badoo seems a lit­tle bit ten­ta­tive, but that’s not  too much dif­fer­ent from the other apps here…

Like: plenty of users. slick inter­face.

Dis­like: no pic mes­sag­ing. mediocre fil­ter­ing options.

Skout App Review /
Flurv App Review

As far as I can tell, Skout and Flurv are the exact same app. I’m not sure how that’s allowed by Apple’s App Store, but appar­ently it is.

I found out about Skout from an arti­cle say­ing sev­eral sex­ual assaults had been linked to the app, so I down­loaded it. Yeah, I’m creepy like that. Unsur­pris­ingly enough, Skout/Flurv have shut down their “teen com­mu­nity” as of the time of this writ­ing. Attempt­ing to keep a teen com­mu­nity clean and safe is a tall order indeed — I’m not sur­prised they shut it down.

Like: A lot of users on the ser­vice. Bet­ter fil­ter­ing options than Blendr. Best photo-sharing options of the bunch. Mul­ti­ple pic­tures per pro­file.

Dis­like: some­what con­fus­ing app — too many fea­tures. App wants in-app pur­chases to buy points to unlock stuff like “see who checked you out”. Lots of users speak­ing gHeT­tOsTyLeeeee~~~ and other forms of poor Eng­lish.

Blendr App Review

Blendr is like a Grindr for straight peo­ple… almost. The main dif­fer­ence is that every­one knows Grindr is for … well … grind­ing. Blendr users are a bit more ten­ta­tive, and that seems to con­fuse the pur­pose of the app.

My friend Rick Tas­tic made an obser­va­tion about the dif­fer­ent types of girls on this app:

Although each girl on Blendr is obvi­ously dif­fer­ent, for the most part each falls under one of 3 basic cat­e­gories:
1) Pics – These girls lit­er­ally just want to get off via exchang­ing erotic pic­tures… my dick is all over that app at this point as a result of not ini­tially real­iz­ing this, but don’t take that to mean I actu­ally give a shit because my dick is awe­some.

2) Hook Ups – These girls are gen­uinely inter­ested in meeting/fucking in real life, it just takes a while to warm them up before they’ll be will­ing to give out their num­ber. They’re still will­ing to exchange sexy pics though.

3) Con­nec­tions – These girls are look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle deeper than just a hook up, whether it’s a FWB sit­u­a­tion, dat­ing, or just friends. They’re down to meet up, but respond best to being treated like actual human beings as opposed to “I wanna put my dick in your mouth” which would work well for me with Pics girls and ok with Hook Ups girls.

Like: girls that wanted to be on Grindr, but couldn’t, are on Blendr. Easy to share pho­tos or loca­tions. Girls fairly recep­tive to mes­sag­ing.

Dis­like: only one pic­ture per pro­file. Not enough users on the ser­vice (it’s still pretty new). Adver­tised as “a new way to meet new peo­ple” — not for hook­ing up. There­fore, most users aren’t nec­es­sar­ily look­ing to hook up, although some def­i­nitely are.

OkCupid Locals App Review

The first app to add “locals” to a (straight) dating/meetup/hookup app (see my orig­i­nal post on OkCu­pid Locals) With OKC and POF we’re get­ting away a bit from the ‘local hookup’ type of apps since there are full pro­files and ‘com­pat­i­bil­ity scores’ and what­not.

Like: many cute girls on the ser­vice, detailed pro­files, mul­ti­ple pic­tures

Dis­like: I don’t like that it comes with the assump­tion that it’s for “dat­ing” and not “hook­ing up”. (I’ll try to use less “air quotes” as we go along here…) I also don’t like that I can’t send a pic­ture from my cam­era roll — only take a new one. It’s slower than other apps to mes­sage mul­ti­ple girls — too many dif­fer­ent screens to go through. Finally, you can’t send a mes­sage to start chat from the “locals” fea­ture — only click “let’s meet” and if she’s inter­ested she can mes­sage back. Mobile mes­sag­ing has issues — if you leave the mes­sage screen it deletes your mes­sage (so you can’t ref­er­ence her pro­file or pre­vi­ous mes­sages)

POF iPhone App Review

Plenty of Fish is appar­ently a big­ger site than OkCu­pid, although both are free–this has advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages. There are plenty of users, but you’ll have to sort through more users to find the worth­while ones.

Like: Again, LOTS of chicks to choose from, nice fea­tures like who viewed you, matches, “want to meet me?” and a favorites sec­tion. Pro­files with mul­ti­ple pic­tures.

Dis­like: Cre­at­ing an account is pretty painful — two full screens of info before the pic upload and then a sur­vey after! The mobile mes­sag­ing has issues. For exam­ple, you’re in the mid­dle of a mes­sage, and you want to ref­er­ence some­thing on her pro­file, leav­ing the mes­sage screen deletes the mes­sage entirely (on Android). Balls.


My favorite apps so far are Skout and Blendr, in that order. I don’t have a lot of expe­ri­ence with Badoo yet, so it’s pos­si­ble I might change my mind about it and add it to this top tier. How­ever, pic­ture mes­sag­ing is really fun and that’s a big lack IMO for Badoo.

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  1. I think it would be cool if dat­ing sites had a built in sys­tem that lets peo­ple do brain activ­i­ties which are recorded so oth­ers can see how they rank in cer­tain motor skills like math,figuring out equa­tions, and just what skills that are good at in gen­eral. You know like they have games like Brainiver­sity. It would be cool to see what other peo­ple are good at. Some peo­ple like to see how intel­li­gent oth­ers are before get­ting into any rela­tion­ships. It would be kind of like e-harmony with a lumi­nos­ity app built into pro­files. Any­one else like this idea?

    • Great idea. Might work very well with Lumos­ity as they have the largest com­mu­nity and API’s avail­able.

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