Modern Love, Modern Communication:
An App for Couples

Apartment Therapy Tech Lab Review

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The main purpose of your smart phone is to keep you connected to people in your life — and who would you rather be connected with than your significant other? Couple is an all-encompassing way for couples to communicate, with chat and sharing functions. I've been using it for over a year now. Here's an in-depth look at my experience with Couple and why I thoroughly recommend it for smartphone savvy couples.

My wife and I have been using Couple for well over a year now, and I can safely say I have a firm grasp on what the service has to offer. Currently available for iOS and Android devices big or small, it allows two people to connect much more easily and put all their communications into a single app. Messages, photos, videos, lists, calendar dates, and locations can be sent to your significant other, and are kept only within the app for safekeeping. Couple can sync up with calendars or grab photos from the photo library, but it's always a one way street that won't compromise sensitive photos or information.

So how does it fare in the real world challenge? Admittedly it can feel a bit bizarre to switch out of the native messaging app to respond to another message, but it's worth it for the ease of use. There are a few kitschy cute distractions, like the send a doodle or thumb kiss, that I find myself returning to every now and then. I'll send a quick drawing of a heart to feel a little more connected.

With many important details and information on the line, it's also worth noting that Couple can have a passcode lock of its very own. And for long distance couples who are concerned about particularly risqué photographs, Couple photos can self destruct after they serve their purpose. Every angle has been thought through, and the only complaint I have is its already being Beta-tested, bringing the same features available on the smartphone to the desktop browser.

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Left: The Menu Interface - Right: Communication Icons

Couple is cute, effective, productive, and adds a human element to the romantic side of smartphone use. It can be as expansive as required, or merely serve as a more secure version of text messaging.

(Image credits: Couple App)