Between app review

Between app review

Between app is an app used by two people (e.g. a couple).
A person signs up and connects with another person. From this point on the app can be used.
Between is used for communication with each other, for sharing media, special days and events.
Personally I use this app within my long distance relationship of over 9000 km.

Name app: Between
Version: 5.3.2 (used in this article)
Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows, MacOS
Company: VCNC (Value Creators & Company)
Country of production: Korea
Release date: 20 November 2011
Website: https://between.us

I will introduce you to some of the main features with some improvements we found is useful for the app to become better.

Front screen

On the front screen a picture can be chosen to set as the background picture.
For couples it is a beautiful picture together. I like that the background is animated.
Something flowing over the picture makes the front screen highly attractive.
This can be configured when setting up the background photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another feature here is the weather forecast and the current time of that person.
In a long distance relationship this is quite useful information.

The shared calendar makes it possible to add events.
An event can either be for both or one of the person. The event can be exported to Google Calendar.
There is a possibility to set a notification for an individual or for both.

Last but not least is the creation of special days.  Here you can think of anniversaries.
Examples would be: First kiss, First meeting, Bought a pet and the birthdays.
It will count down until the same day next year. A notification can be set that pops up on that day.
One of the special days can be set to display on the front screen.

Communication

There are two ways of communication. One is using the messenger to write texts similar like in other messengers.
The other is having a voice call. I’ll elaborate a bit more on the messenger functionality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides writing a text you can add emoticons and stickers (animated emoticons).
A first glance on the stickers it is obvious they were made by Asians. It has a taste of cuteness in each of them.

Another feature, which I discovered later, is the recording of a GIF.
It is located on the right side next to the text field to enter message.
It records up to 5 seconds or less a video with a nice, cute animated frame around.
It is more obvious for the first time usage to have this GIF together with the stickers.

Photos

Within Photos is a tab with Story and a tab with Albums.
The name Photos here is to me somewhat confusing, a better name would be “Collection” or “Archive”. Basically it is a collection of different media files.
A story is a collection of media grouped by a certain date.
An example is putting a Munich weekend trip pictures, videos and notes in a story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Albums we find collections of all the videos, photos and notes that were created before.
Note that the photos and videos shared in the messenger are not located here.
To see those media files, just go to the messenger, top right triangular button and choose “View shared media”.
The photos and videos under albums can be viewed, deleted and mark as favorite. More about favorite is written below.
The plus button at the bottom right allows one to add a new photo, video or a note.

Do you want to write down long texts? Then a note is the option.
We use notes to keep track of some lists, examples would be “Movies to watch” and “Places to visit”.
After the creation of a note I discovered that only I can edit it.
It was not very clear neither for me as for my partner about the “Edit alone” at the right bottom corner.
I did not even notice that there is an option, probably too enthusiastic to save the note and move on.
The option is “Edit alone” by default, click on it to turn into “Edit together”.
As it is a couple app, I would suggest to set as default “Edit together”.
Also to work on the visibility by using some obvious colors or put this on top of the screen.

Any media marked as favorite will go into the Favorites.
In the Favorites is a button that plays a screensaver like functionality.
It zooms in and out in case of pictures.

 

Conclusion

Before using this app, we tried “Couples” app.
The lists functionality crashed on the iPhone, so we switched to Between app.
Beside some of the not so straightforward, not so user friendly points, it is overall a nice app.
I personally like and use a lot of the nessenger, stickers and notes.
The front screen is also very nice to look at. So I would definitely recommend to try it out.

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