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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Battle of the Dating Apps #2: Score vs. Tinder and OkCupid

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 8:01 AM

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A few months ago, we did a "Battle of the Dating Apps" between Tinder and Clover. Now we're back to pit the new-ish dating app Score against Tinder and OkCupid.

Although Tinder and OkCupid are two of the most well-known online dating apps, they're pretty different from each other —Tinder matches people based on photos and minimal information, while OkCupid matches people based on their answers to a series of questions.

Score combines Tinder's minimalistic approach and OkCupid's question format to determine the compatibility between two people. 

Like Tinder, users swipe through other users until they find one they want to "score" with, which they indicate by pushing a button that literally says "Let's Score." 

Unlike Tinder, each user's pictures — you can upload three from your camera roll (whereas Tinder only lets you upload pictures from Facebook) — are blurred out until they answer the questions another user has asked them.

Once a user finds someone they like, they then select a category from which to ask the other user questions. Score contains more than 800 questions in 16 different categories, which range from "Have You Ever?" to "You Just Got To…"  And each question has three possible answers.

When both users have answered the same questions, they are each shown a compatibility "score" with each other and can see each other's profile picture for five seconds — much like the private chat feature on Blendr. They can then message each other, or move on.

Score takes your name and age from Facebook, but you can make up your own username. When creating a profile, each user is asked to select their sexual preference (the choices are "straight," "gay," or "open") and set their location preferences (the choices are "exact," within 100 yards, within 1000 yards, or custom).

Profiles list each users' "likes," "loves," "wants," and "desires," and are allowed only a one word answer for each one.

Users are also asked to write a one sentence bio about themselves — one user's bio simply read, "Hi I m Real Man, Honest I Know What I Want." (Yes, the typos are intentional — that's how he wrote it. Well, at least he's honest.)

We asked a Score user what he thought of the app. He said he didn't like that each question only has three potential answers, and that "it would be better if there were more options."

He also added that he thought the questions were "vague" and that he wanted to know what the other person answered, instead of just the differences in his answers and those of his matches.

Check it out and see how you think Score scores in the Battle of the Dating Apps. See what we did there?
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