Apps for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day can be stressful to plan when everyone else has the same idea. Restaurants don't always have availability and florists are sometimes overwhelmed. These apps will magically get everything ordered and done within minutes. You'll look like the hero while your iDevice did all the heavy lifting.
If you want to dazzle your special someone, try opting for a truly unique gift. Etsy is a wonderful marketplace where artists sell their creations. The app is easy to navigate and has a very welcoming feel to it. Making a purchase is easy and you can even track your item through the app itself. Not sure what to get? You can even choose the Etsy gift card route.
ProFlowers: Flower Delivery - Send Flowers, Bouquets & Plants
If you prefer flowers to handmade gifts, then you don't want to be without ProFlowers. This app makes putting together a floral delivery easy as pie. Simply choose your bouquet, type up your custom message, choose your delivery date and time, then pay. Ta-da!
Before scoring a reservation, you'd better make sure the restaurant is a good one. Yelp will never steer you wrong with their wealth of eatery data and reviews. This must-download app will narrow your search down by distance or rating, price, area, and hours of operation. Yelp features the ability to check in at your destination and get deals. Yelp's search is a great way to discover new places to eat.
Chefs Feed - Local Food and Dining Reviews by Top Chefs
Yes, there are apps like Yelp and Urbanspoon that help you get an idea of what a restaurant is like or what foods are being offered on the menu, but what if you want something more refined? You open up the Chefs Feed app, that's what you do. Instead of hearing what your fellow peers have to say about a restaurant, why not see what a chef has to say about it? Better yet, find out which dish they recommend and why. This app opens up a different way of viewing restaurants. While chef reviews aren't readily available in every area, it is an up and coming app to keep an eye on.
OpenTable - Restaurants, Reservations, Reviews, Menus, Local Food & Dining
Making sure you have a place to eat is paramount. OpenTable ensures that you're all set with its well-known reservation system. Their iPhone app filters restaurants by price, neighborhood, cuisine, and available times. After tapping on a restaurant you're given a description, a link to view the menu, parking information, and most importantly: reviews. Once you know when you want to be there, you simply lock in a time and make your reservation. On such a busy holiday for places to eat, OpenTable has you covered.
Movies by Flixster, with Rotten Tomatoes
Going to the movies is the quintessential date event. Valentine's Day is a great reason to take that special someone out to the must-see film that everyone's talking about. Flixster uses your location to find the closest theaters and easily lets you see all movies now playing. After tapping a film you can view the trailer, get showtimes, rate it, and even check in on GetGlue. Flixster flips over to Safari letting you purchase tickets through Movietickets.com. This app rounds out its fantastic feature set with Netflix integration, DVD release information, quizzes, and more. Besides the popcorn, Flixter is a must-have when it's showtime.
Fandango Movies – Times & Tickets
Fandango is another great way to get to the movies with your iPhone. This app stands above Flixter because it integrates with PassBook. If the theater supports electronic tickets, you can add the ticket to your phone. Simply flash your phone at the door and you're in. Along with this convenience is the Siri integration. When you ask Siri for movie information, it'll use Fandango. By having the app installed, you get the entire end-to-end experience. The app looks fantastic and is really slick.
The right music always sets the mood. From cooking a romantic dinner to dancing in your living room, Slacker Radio should be your go-to app. With over 250 themed radio stations, Slacker Radio has something for any mood you're looking to set. A powerful search finds anything you're looking for and gets music playing on a 3G tailored station that won't cut out. Connected to Wi-Fi? Just flip the setting to get higher quality music through your speakers. A basic account gets you five skips per hour, the ability to favorite a song, and ban tracks or artists to help tailor your station. If you pony up $3.99 a month, the ads go away, you gain unlimited song skips, you can see lyrics, and you get offline station access.
Your iPhone has a fantastic camera for your special day, but when you want your shots to be perfect, Camera+ is what you need. This pro-style app takes your camera to the next level by introducing revolutionary features. Aside from a grid, this app features a level to ensure your photos are straight. Focus can be separated from the white balance, helping you get the best lighting. The app even flashes your screen white when using the front-facing camera, to get the best lighting possible. Once you get your shot, Camera+ has a ton of editing options such as: cropping, lighting, rotation, and Instagram-style filters. The light box can sync with iCloud so everything is backed up and sharing is a cinch. Once you try Camera+, you'll know your Valentine's Day memories will look amazing.
There are a ton of sites offering a deal every day, but LivingSocial has sprung out to be one of the best. Its app is spectacular in that it lets you easily see all the deals for your neighborhood in a beautiful catalog-style layout. Tapping on a deal gets you the details while showing you the time and quantity remaining at the bottom. A large buy button at the bottom entices you to get in on the action. A quick swipe to the right reveals a navigation bar for: Today’s Deal, Escapes, Fun & Events, your previously purchased vouchers, and Settings. LivingSocial’s app is visually appealing and will have you an expert in scoring daily deals in no time!
Whether you're out of town or just want to spend the night alone and away from the kids, Hotel tonight should be your go-to app for booking a room. Simply choose the kind of hotel you are on the search for and book from within the app. You can book up to seven days before your stay or the day of, so it's great for planning and great for those spontaneous outings.