Review of HMates Chat iOS AppRating 3.5/5 by Josh
Part of the Hmates.com website, the HMates app is a functional and easy-to-use extension of the full site. In fact, the focus of this app is mainly in the communication between members, so this app acts as a messenger/instant messaging app for on the go chats.
How the app works
It is possible to register on the app itself, and an email address along with a verification is required. The registration process is then continued out of the app and on a web browser. Here, new users will be asked to fill in a rather lengthy information form for their profile and to increase their chances of finding matches. After the process, profiles will be reviewed by administrators within 24 hours.
Once approved, standard members are able to do a quick search for other users, send winks and only respond to inbox and chat messages. There are 2 forms of chats available. Members can chat one-to-one on the app or even join group chat discussions for a more lively way to pass the time. Members can manage their profile (like change the profile picture) through the app as well. An added bonus is the video chat functionality directly possible within the app itself.
Members can further more share photos and videos much like in a social media application, and also block or unblock other members. The developers claim that the app is Norton Safe Web certified, so you can use the app without worries of any malware invading your phone. A good thing about the app is that it does not require the tracking of your location, so your privacy is somewhat protected as well.
The dating pool
A quick look showed that HMates had a total of 10,000 members in its database, which seems like a great pool to meet someone new from. However, the whereabouts of where the majority of the members are from is unknown. To make searches easier, gold members are able to do a search by location.
Payments to consider
The website is free to use for both standard and gold members, however the latter gets more features such as the choice to send a message to another member, or the ability to do a more refined profile search. Payments are called ‘donations’ and comes in denominations of US$10, US$25, US$40, US$60, US$100 for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 60 months respectively.
Should you join?
Free usage with some good functions as well as a handy voice, video and text chat client make HMates.com a great herpes dating choice. While some say the app could do with a little more functionality, its sole focus on instant messaging makes it a simple app that does its job well.