LoveThis: You can’t search for what you can’t remember [Review]

My short-term memory is crap. So when I receive a recommendation — whether it be for an app, restaurant, or birthday gift — I immediately make a note (or try to, at least). If you’re looking for a better way to keep track of all of these notes, or maybe you have a few recommendations of your own to share, LoveThis aims to provide you with a solution.

LoveThis encourages you to build a collection of recommendations you love and recommendations you want to try. You can collect recommendations from others or share some of your own while giving a local business some much deserved love. But while it’s a smart app choice in theory, the execution leaves much to be desired.

My first impression of this app was “something feels off.” I’m not sure if it’s the interesting font choice or the almost completely white background, but it feels pretty bare-bones — and not in a less-is-more kind of way. That may seem harsh, but design-wise, I don’t LoveThis. Additionally, it doesn’t help that the photos can take a while to load (even on a Wi-Fi connection) so parts of the screen remain blank for quite some time.

LoveThis displays tips, which is much appreciated as a new user. However, no matter how many times I open the app or visit its various tabs, I can’t get rid of them. It’s not clear that you must perform the action in order to dismiss the tip. It’d be nice if there was a setting to fix this — I might not see anything worth collecting, but I sure don’t want to be reminded to do so every time I open the app.

Beyond that, I don’t like that LoveThis automatically pulls in the photo associated with the email address I used to create my account. It’s possible that not everyone will want their Gravatar image used on their profile. Unfortunately, unless you change your Gravatar account, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to fix this. It’s also worth noting that when you sign up for a LoveThis account, by default, you’ll begin receiving a weekly digest via email. I recommend checking out your app settings and adjusting which actions you’d like to receive alerts for.

Creating a recommendation is pretty self-explanatory: create a title, choose a category, upload a picture (unless you like the one automatically generated for you), and add more information about why you’re recommending this particular business or product. For businesses, LoveThis will try to generate a location, website, email, and phone number. Otherwise you can manually add those details.

Your profile is pretty simple as well. You can access it by tapping on the red bookmark in the top right corner of the screen. Below each category icon is a number, representing the number of recommendations you’ve shared for each one. Tapping lists will provide the same information, except it also includes recommendations you’ve collected from other people. I should note that I didn’t know the lower navigation bar in the screenshots above existed, because it doesn’t appear on my phone.

Aesthetically, LoveThis and I don’t click, which is unfortunate because I’ve heard the web version is great. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t. If Yelp isn’t cutting it for you and you don’t mind apps that are a bit rough around the edges, then LoveThis might be the recommendation collector you’ve always needed but never knew you wanted. Plus, it’s free, so there’s really no penalty in trying it out.

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