Review: Romantimatic14th Feb, 2014
Because you're too busy for the one you love.
For anyone in a relationship, getting that completely random text in the middle of the day saying “I love you” or “thinking of you” can seriously make your day. Particularly on a bad day. It’s incredibly nice to know that someone is thinking about you in the middle of the day. For most people, this isn't a daily occurrence, so the occasion is special. And let’s be real, sometimes your days are simply too busy to think about telling your sweetheart how you miss them. Romantimatic aims to solve this problem by reminding you to send that special text message.
Fire up Romantimatic and you’re presented with brief informational session on the philosophy behind the app. The app claims:
We live in a world where it’s easier to communicate with another human being than ever before - a world that also places relentless demands on our time and attention. Even with the amazing technology we have in our pockets, we can fly through the day without remembering to send a simple “I love you” to the most important person in our lives. Romantimatic can help."
To start, you select a contact from your phone to set as your “sweetheart”. From there it’s a matter of browsing the available messages and selecting one you want to send. The messages are separated into categories like “All-Time Classics”, “Busy” and “Funny”. There are some more interesting categories too, including “Emoji”, “Nerd” and “Romantimatic”. The All-Time Classics are simple messages like the basic, “I love you”, whereas the messages in the “Nerd” category are things like, “Anha zhilak yera!” (Klingon?)*. Selecting one of these messages prefills a text in the messages app, meaning all you have to do is hit send. Two simple taps to send your sweetheart a message.
You aren’t limited to what the app offers, either. The entire list is fully editable and you’re free to add additional messages to the list. Romantimatic will also keep track of how often you use each message and tell you when it was last used. Messages can be sorted by category, least frequently used or least used. You know, so your significant other doesn’t catch on to the fact that you say precisely the same thing all the time. Romantimatic has your back.
The reminders can be configured to match your needs. You can be reminded twice a day, once a day, every other day, or once a week. Reminders can also be set to only happen on work days, if you don’t want to be reminded on weekends, which is a pretty nice touch. The best touch for reminders, though, is probably what happens when you ignore the notifications. The app is persistent and mixes up the message before eventually giving up. Before giving up it attempts to guilt you with a, “C’mon! Nobody is that busy.” When it does give up, 4 reminders later (in the span of an hour), it says, “OK, you win. I’ll leave you alone. All alone.”
While the app is humorous, I think Joshua Topolsky put it most succinctly in this tweet by saying: “Because what’s more romantic than having to be REMINDED to tell someone you love them!” I couldn’t agree more. I understand that sometimes people get really busy and can’t always reach out to the people they love most, but if you genuinely care, you’ll remember to send them a message with being reminded, even on days where you’re pretty busy.
Other than the not-so-great interface, this app isn’t terribly designed. Feature-wise it’s about all you could expect from an app whose sole purpose is to remind you to send a text. And that’s where Romantimatic fails. Sure, people may use it, but it’s encouraging lazy behavior in relationships. I’m not trying to preach relationship advice, but I’m pretty sure if your sweetheart found out all those nice messages you send “randomly” throughout the week are all because your phone reminds you to send them, you’ll lose more than you gain from sending the messages.
Romantimatic costs $1.99, but that might be better spent elsewhere. This app isn’t worth using.
Romantimatic: 4/5 piles of poo.
*Update: I've been corrected: it's Dothraki.