Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Valentine's Day Apps
For those who have been out of town or simply hiding under a rock, this Friday is Valentine’s Day. If you have a significant other and have completely forgotten about this “special” day, we have a few Windows Phone apps that may keep you out of the doghouse.
This week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup falls a few days early, to help those who suffer from losing track of time and possibly saving countless relationships globally. Quick disclaimer though, we don’t guarantee any of these Windows Phone apps will save you from sleeping on the couch, save you from the silent treatment or successfully wooing your partner if you have completely forgotten about Valentine's Day.
We’ll touch on a few greeting card apps that may give you a little more time to run down to the local gift store, an app that will let you order flowers from your Windows Phone, a shopping app from a merchant that offers overnight delivery and a dining app just in case you forgot to make reservations.
Say it with Flowers (free)
Say it with Flowers is a Windows Phone 8 app that lets you add a customized message to a picture of flowers and share it with that special someone. Say it with Flowers may not take the place of a real bouquet of flowers but it may help stall for time while you hunt down the real McCoy.
Say it with Flowers Main Menus
The app has a core set of flowers (fourteen images) with additional flower image packs available through in-app purchase. The Valentine’s Day pack is currently free.
Message options include sixteen font styles, six font sizes and a handful of text/background colors. There are also six options for text placement on your image.
Say it with Flowers Edit Screens
Say it with Flowers is a simple Windows Phone 8 app for sharing picture notes with your friends or your significant other. Again, Say it with Flowers is a free app, available for Windows Phone 8 with various in-app purchase opportunities.
You can find Say it with Flowers here in the Windows Phone Store.
Flowers Fast (no trial/$.99)
I struggled to find a Windows Phone app to order flowers from and in searching FTD, florist, Edible Arrangements, and other variations; the only app that popped up on the radar was Flowers Fast. It was rated at five stars so it had to be good, right?
At first glance, Flowers Fast appeared to be a Windows Phone app for the website that shares the same name. Technically, it is a Windows Phone app for the website but only in the sense that it provides you a link to flowersfast.com. The high rating also technically accurate, but it is based on only one review.
Flowers Fast Main Page and Website
We usually do not plug an app that we would not recommend for your Windows Phone (or at least think it is worth trying) but without a trial version for Flowers Fast, we decided to keep it in the roundup. You can consider this a PSA of sorts.
When you launch Flowers Fast, you get a Home Page with a Flowers Fast link center screen. Tap the link and you are sent to flowersfast.com. I couldn’t help but feel that simply launching your Internet Explorer and going to flowerfast.com would be just as easy and wouldn’t cost you $.99.
For those curious, Flowers Fast is available for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices and you can find it here in the Windows Phone Store. Again, no trial version and the full version is running $.99.
Amazon Mobile (free)
For those who are scrambling to find that special gift for your Valentine and have no time to hit the local stores, Amazon Mobile is a great app to shop on the go. You can find jewelry, flowers, chocolates, and gift cards that can be delivered overnight.
Amazon Mobile Screens
Item listings follow suit with the website offering product details, customer reviews and a listing of related items. You can log into your Amazon.com account and if you happen to be an Amazon Prime customer, enjoy free two-day shipping as you would when ordering from your computer.
Amazon Mobile is a free app that is available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices. You can pick up your copy of Amazon Mobile here in the Windows Phone Store.
We highlighted OpenTable in last week’s Food and Dining App Roundup and felt it should come in handy this week for those who slipped up and forgot to make dinner reservations for Friday. Granted, you still may be hard pressed to find reservations but OpenTable will help you make them on the fly.
OpenTable has a database of more than 20,000 restaurants in the U.S. Canada and Mexico. The app will provide a summary on the restaurant, customer review, and map things out so you can find your way. Most importantly, the app will let you make reservations under your OpenTable account, Facebook account or as a guest.
Membership with OpenTable is free and can be created at the OpenTable website or as you make your reservations as a guest.
OpenTable is a free app that is available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices. You can find OpenTable here in the Windows Phone Store.
Sendtiment (the “d” is silent) is an easy to use greeting card app for Windows Phone 8. The app has over one hundred greeting cards in the free version and an additional four hundred plus cards in the paid version.
Sendtiment Main Pages
Card categories include birthday cards, miss you cards, thank you cards, invitations, congratulatory cards and Valentine’s Day cards. The Valentine’s Day card section is available with the paid version but you do have the “I love you” section with the free version that is a nice alternative.
Greeting cards can be customized with a personal note and shared via email, text message, or NFC. You also have the ability to share cards through your favorite Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter app. Sendtiment is a nice greeting card app for Windows Phone 8 that can come in handy year around, let alone Valentine’s Day.
Sendtiment Cards Lite is a free, ad-supported app that has a limited number of cards available (you can view the full collection though). You can find Sendtiment Cards Lite here in the Windows Phone Store. Sendtiment Cards gives you access to the full collection of cards and will cost you $1.99. You can find Sendtiment Cards here in the Windows Phone Store.
This is the time we give you a run down on which of the apps in the roundup stand out amongst the others. Well to be honest, most of the apps perform as advertised. Sendtiment has a larger selection of greeting cards while Say it with Flowers is basically dressing up a picture of a flower (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
Amazon Mobile is a handy app for ordering gifts on the go and, as we mentioned last week, OpenTable can be a helpful app for the times you need to make dining reservations. I would be inclined to pass on Flowers Fast and opt to use your Internet Explorer to go to flowersfast.com. It is a simple app but $.99 for a web portal is a stretch.
Will any of these apps save you from a last minute rush/panic on Valentine’s Day? One can only hope for the best.
If you have a favorite Windows Phone that has helped you prepare for a romantic evening such as Valentine’s Day or have any helpful hints on surviving Cupid’s Arrow, speak up and let us know in the comments below.