The online dating industry is now worth $4 billion worldwide each year. That figure alone is why this app guide was so hard to write and why so many people have been asking me to write about it. The App Store is filled to the brim with Free and Paid "solutions" (most of them terrible) to dating, dating advice, "sex positions", chat rooms, etc. People that want to use the power of the internet to find a partner have to sift through the tons of garbage every random developer is putting out looking to grab a piece of that $4 billion dollar pie. That, mixed with "1 star reviews" from people who can't find anyone in a day or people who can't do "dirty things" with it and just delete it make it impossible for you to search on your own. In this guide, I'll do my best to wade through the madness and deliver you the best App options if you want to dip your feet into Internet, or shall I say, iPhone Dating. Feel free to leave comments with your luck, or lack there of with any of the apps here or anything I might have missed!
OkCupid — social dating, meet new people
This App is my favorite for a few reasons. One: Its free. Completely. No strings. You can pay for an upgraded account, but its not needed. Two: Their site just works. Most people say this app completely replaces the browser based one with the ability to upload pics and edit your profile. You can even take tests in-app. Their site is easy to use and they really do care about finding you someone of quality that matches your personality. That alone makes it the top selection. Three: I met my current girl on here. Going strong for 4 months. And I used the iPhone App to do it. But, where there is good news, there is usually some bad. One major drawback (and why the app has any bad reviews at all, it seems) is because they have quite a few app-side bugs. It crashes occasionally and message, answered or not, keeps the badges up. I myself didn't experience many, if any, crashed. I did have the bug for message badges though. I think, though, these bugs don't make this app un-usable. I say you download it and play around with it. Its free so all you have to lose is time. If they update it with a fix for the bugs, I doubt you'll find a better solution.
Match.com - #1 Dating Site
Match.com. One of the biggest players in the dating community is on the iPhone. You can edit your profile and upload pics from right inside the application. With its new update, you now have an expanded ability to edit your profile and more search options. This is of course primarily a paid service, but at least you know your getting your money's worth if you chose to go the paid route. It was started in 1995 and is now in 24 different countries. They've gotta be doing something right.
Dating DNA Plus - Premium Edition of #1 Date App for iPhone and Facebook with Free Service
People are raving about this App and for good reason. It mixes the Free mindset of dating like OkCupid with the features of an eHarmony interface. This app is $5, but that is all you'll ever spend. Of the three apps, this one is being embraced by its users most. If your put off by the price tag, try the free version!
Flurv - Meet, Chat, Friend
The self-proclaimed "Facebook for Singles," this app delivers a clean interface with enough free features to keep people coming back. It has quite a few features like free messaging and winking that make it an attractive service for the free app hunters out there. The main complaint with this is that there are MANY people under 18 and no real way for the site to verify age.
Skout - Meet, Chat, Friend
Just another Dating App. Mixed reviews. The main complaint seems to be that there are too many "fake accounts."
myDate - Free Dating App for Singles
A newish location-based dating service. It seems its main drawback right now is that it can't get users to it. Released June 10th, I don't have much to say about it yet but I will keep tabs on it!
Not just strictly for dating, but I added it here because we all know that a great friendship can turn into something better. That mixed with their location based service makes this app at least try-able. Note that there is a picture upload limit and while I'm not much of a "gallery" person on apps like this, some people are. It has a number of privacy settings so you don't need to be worried about stalkers finding out where you are.