Thanks to iPads, iPhones, and Android phones and tablets, it’s much easier (and more fun) these days to mark, entertain, enlighten and share the joys of Valentine’s Day with your significant other(s). All it takes is a few swipes to download, program and play special songs, change to suggestive ringtones, install ainimated hearts-an-flower wallpaper, enjoy clever or even erotic solo or couples’ games, or send and share beautiful or poetic ecards or videos.
To help make your Valentine’s Day more memorable and exciting, we’ve sifted through scores of apps on our iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.2 tablets (as well as our Samsung Galaxy IIs and iPhone 4s mobiles) to ferret out 10 apps that might interest you most. Some of these apps run on iOS only, some on Android only, and others on both types of devices.
FOR BOTH iOS AND ANDROID:
How much do you love your significant other? More to the point, how well do you know him or her? Take these fun-to-follow although decidedly unscientific quizzes to get a good idea of how compatible you are.
Once you’ve done that, you are then offered a number of dares, or challenges, to do something ultra-romantic, or silly, or brave, or just plain fun, such as blindfolding your significant other and taking her midnight bowling. If you run out of things to say, just swipe over Tender Words and rattle off a few romantic quotes.
We only wish that there were more questions and dares and quotes to choose among, and that the app would auto-rotate, but it only operates in the vertical position.
Build-A-Card, Cupid Edition
This simple but highly useful app allows you to anchor your Valentine’s Day cards with your favorite photos or pictures (from your albums or Facebook).
You can also place the card in one of a number of attractive hearts-and-flowers frames, add/move/size/rotate your choice of embellishments (like hearts, candy boxes, teddy bears, etc.), personalize and address the greeting card message, and then easily email or post it to the one(s) you love.
With this app, you can listen to any of more than 40 hand-picked radio stations that play love songs, soft jazz, low-key pop, and other Valentine-themed music. The channels are eclectic and truly multinational, ranging in origin from Italy to Brazil and from Romania to Australia.
While you can’t add directly to the mix, you can email BluMediaLab and suggest a favorite station. What we’d like to see in next year’s Valentine Radio are better graphics and a way to turn off background play once you activate it.
Tom’s Love Letters
Tom’s Love Letters is a great looking, nice sounding, entertaining one-trick pony of an app that will win lots of oohs and aahs, smiles and laughs from girls (and maybe some boys!) of any age as Tom(cat) and his delightful wide-eyed furry friend Angela cavort and carouse together.
You can either email or Facebook Tom’s canned love letters, or personalize or embellish them to your heart’s content. If your kids fall in love with Tom, you can extend the franchise by downloading a bunch of related Outfit7 apps, such as Talking Tom Cat 2 or Tom Loves Angela.
FOR iOS ONLY:
Valentine’s Day Special
We’re sentimental suckers for a good story…a poignant poem…a pithy epithet…especially when they are all flavored with the affectionate aura of Valentine’s Day. These well chosen collections of relatively short text-only, sharable Valentine’s Day-related gems range from sayings and sage advice to depictions of history’s greatest love stories (Anthony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Abelard and Heloise, as well as famous fictional couples).
The app also gives you lots of quirky suggestions on sharing this special day (such as, “On a frosty winter morning, scrape the ice off her car windshield”). And in case things don’t work out, there’s even a cluster of sad breakup quotes that will help you cope and commiserate. We just wish there were complementary graphics and music to give visual and aural reinforcement to these mood creators.
One of the craftiest design-it-yourself apps we’ve seen, Vintage Valentines matches a collection of charming antique line drawings — of individuals and couples (and Cupid) — with a variety of classic, ornate or flowery borders.
You can then easily add a romantic quote (Thoreau to George Sand to Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Anonymous), After that, paste your pen-and-ink creation onto the back of an antique-looking postcard and send it via email or save it to your photo album. Visiting yesteryear’s Valentine’s Day, if only through a postcard from the past, offers a refreshing dose of nostalgia.
The sound of love is in the air when you access this collection of 26 dreamy, mood-inspiring ringtones. Setting up and navigating among the melodies is both fun and easy, allowing you to specify the length and volume of each ringtone.
At 99 cents, Best Romantic Ringtones is quite a bargain, because each download from the Valentine’s Day Ringtones collection on iTunes will cost you a hefty $1.29 each.
FOR ANDROID ONLY:
Valentine’s Day Love Quotes Pro
Skol Labs LLC
Want to express your love or affection, but you’re tongue-tied or at a loss for words? You’re sure to find just the right Valentine’s Day sentiment in this app.
You can choose and share from literally hundreds of quotes, from the profound and philosophical to the sentimental. Alternatively, you can be naughty (“The prettiest dresses are worn to be taken off”), funny (“It’s amazing how stupid you can be when you’re in love?”), or romantic (“Don’t interrupt me? I’m busy living my happily ever after”). The app is also packed with fantasic pictures and smile-eliciting cartoons.
Valentine’s Day Ideas
Don’t expect snappy videos or toe-tapping tunes, but this fascinating text-only app will give you both the lowdown and highlights of everything you need to know about surviving Valentine’s Day with your heart intact. It’s all here — Valentine’s Day ideas, gifts, cards and poems — in concise but eminently readable paragraphs bursting with good advice.
For instance, if you don’t know what to give your loved one, just check out the possibilities: Cheap Gifts, Gift Flowers Online, Fun Gifts, Gourmet Gifts, Last Minute Gifts, etc. Each entry reveals a gift’s whys and hows and gives specific shopping details so you can select the item to match your love’s moods and preferences. Ditto for Valentine’s Day games, dating, poems, and even breakfast in bed ideas.
Valentine’s Day Ringtones
This free collection of 33 ringtones can actually be easily configured as ringtones, alarms, contacts, or notifications. It’s an eclectic mix with something for everyone. The tunes range from an Alvin-and-the-Chipmunks-like “I love you!” song to romantic violins and celestial bells. However, none of the ringtones are particularly recognizable melodies or tunes, and none are played by well known artists.
A few are lugubriously romantic. A few are downright obnoxious, but you can quickly delete any individual ringtone. And hey! They’re free. What’s more, this app is linked to themed Christmas, New Year’s, family, sexy, etc. streaming audio music from which you can download other free ringtone collections.