Grindr - Gay chat

Grindr - Gay chat

Review

Since its launch in 2009, Grindr has become the go-to social platform for gays, trans and queer folks. This isn’t an app which you should use if you’re looking for a real relationship, rather one that is designed for casual hookups. Controversy always courts Grindr, but the app’s popularity has not been slowed down even with a leak of customer data recently revealed.

Design 4/5

Grindr is location-based; therefore, the primary UI is based on being able to view a full photo avatar, with the person’s distance displayed prominently at the bottom. The design is elegant and sleek, with crisp-looking photos and neatly laid-out menus. At the top of the screen, you’ll see a menu tab with various option icons such as profiles, chat, and star. You’ll see fresh faces and also who’s nearby, with a neat stack arrangement. You can also see a list of all your previous chats. The app design is simple and pretty straightforward, although there is a persistent banner ad at the bottom.

Content and Features 3/5

Registering on Grindr is free, and you can do that directly on the app once installed. You have to provide a profile photo which has to be approved by the Grindr moderation team, though surprisingly, email verification is not required which means there are lots of catfish accounts on this app. You can also choose not to have a real photo for your account, and provide very little information on the app. If you enable your photo to be publicly viewed, the chats will start rolling in. Users without real photo profiles tend to send pictures of themselves first before chatting you up to assure their authenticity, although in most cases these end up being lewd pics.

You can favorite new profiles and bookmark them for later. From the location service, you’ll see who is nearby and also get suggestions for fresh faces.

User Experience 2/5

Most complaints that are leveled against the app are due to incessant crashing. A lot of complaints have also been brought about cases of discrimination on the app, and failure by admins to act on them. You constantly have to uninstall and reinstall the app, even when you’ve just booted it up. The most common complaint about the app is the loss of photos from one’s profile. You can’t refresh the app, and even if you do, it all ends with an unceremonious reset or forced uninstall. The app has too many fake accounts if this isn’t your cup of tea.

Compatibility 5/5

The app is compatible with all major OSs such as iOS (iOS 9.0 or later for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and Android (version 4.3 or higher). With BlueStacks, you can download the app for your Windows device.

Conclusion

Grindr isn’t an app for gay people looking for lasting relationships, rather a casual hook-up. The free version of the app inundates you with tons of banner ads, which completely takes away from the experience. There are also too many catfish accounts on the app, and you have to be careful who you send information to.

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Grindr - Gay chat review

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Grindr - Gay chat review

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Since its launch in 2009, Grindr has become the go-to social platform for gays, trans and queer folks. This isn’t an app which you should use if you’re looking for a real relationship, rather one that is designed for casual hookups. Controversy always courts Grindr, but the app’s popularity has not been slowed down even with a leak of customer data recently revealed.

Design 4/5

Grindr is location-based; therefore, the primary UI is based on being able to view a full photo avatar, with the person’s distance displayed prominently at the bottom. The design is elegant and sleek, with crisp-looking photos and neatly laid-out menus. At the top of the screen, you’ll see a menu tab with various option icons such as profiles, chat, and star. You’ll see fresh faces and also who’s nearby, with a neat stack arrangement. You can also see a list of all your previous chats. The app design is simple and pretty straightforward, although there is a persistent banner ad at the bottom.

Content and Features 3/5

Registering on Grindr is free, and you can do that directly on the app once installed. You have to provide a profile photo which has to be approved by the Grindr moderation team, though surprisingly, email verification is not required which means there are lots of catfish accounts on this app. You can also choose not to have a real photo for your account, and provide very little information on the app. If you enable your photo to be publicly viewed, the chats will start rolling in. Users without real photo profiles tend to send pictures of themselves first before chatting you up to assure their authenticity, although in most cases these end up being lewd pics.

You can favorite new profiles and bookmark them for later. From the location service, you’ll see who is nearby and also get suggestions for fresh faces.

User Experience 2/5

Most complaints that are leveled against the app are due to incessant crashing. A lot of complaints have also been brought about cases of discrimination on the app, and failure by admins to act on them. You constantly have to uninstall and reinstall the app, even when you’ve just booted it up. The most common complaint about the app is the loss of photos from one’s profile. You can’t refresh the app, and even if you do, it all ends with an unceremonious reset or forced uninstall. The app has too many fake accounts if this isn’t your cup of tea.

Compatibility 5/5

The app is compatible with all major OSs such as iOS (iOS 9.0 or later for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and Android (version 4.3 or higher). With BlueStacks, you can download the app for your Windows device.

Conclusion

Grindr isn’t an app for gay people looking for lasting relationships, rather a casual hook-up. The free version of the app inundates you with tons of banner ads, which completely takes away from the experience. There are also too many catfish accounts on the app, and you have to be careful who you send information to.

Pros:

  • Elegant design
  • Offers a great concept of a private meeting place for the gay, trans and bi community

Cons:

  • Complaints about privacy and security
  • Unreliable and unresponsive support team

Design 4

Content and features 3

User Experience 2

Devices 5

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