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We trialled five of the weirdest dating apps - here’s what we think

14 Feb 2017
Mariah - amaysim blogger

Mariah

amaysim's content guru

We live in a world where swiping left or right can make the difference between finding your soul mate or becoming a spinster.

Online dating is old news. It's so mainstream now that nobody blinks an eyelid when you say you’re dating someone you met on Tinder. It can be draining and time-sapping to find the right person on these mainstream platforms for love.

So we decided to put on our detective hats and uncover the new players in mobile dating. Here are five of the best dating apps to help you find the one and avoid a home full of cats.

1. Hindur – For the (Seriously) Committed

Does the tedious process of swiping, chatting and dating to find ‘the one’ stress you out? Well, lucky for you Hindur has come to the rescue! Inspired by Hindu principles of arranged marriage, you’re only allowed a singular swipe to find your S.O. That’s right folks, one flick to the right and you’re married.

Despite the name, all backgrounds and cultures are welcome to find their happily ever after on Hindur.

2. Bristlr – For Facial Hair Owners and Lovers

Whether you rock a goatee, a signature ‘stache or have been hanging onto your handlebar for years, you’ll find yourself at home on Bristlr. This app is connecting women who love the scruff with the men who can grow it.

With over 100k registered users, the beard love in this community is on the rise. Its sole purpose is to enhance the dating experience for grizzlies, but that isn't all it does. The platform also facilitates the exchange of beard tips with fellow follicle brothers. We can happily say Bristlr is helping the greater good… Of woolly men, that is.

3. Sizzl – For Bacon Lovers

Breakfast lovers unite! The dating app Sizzl runs on your bacon obsession. Yep, there’s an app for that. Simply sign in, customize your preferences (crispy or chewy… why is that an option?!), upload a photo and start swiping. It might be one of the weirdest dating apps we have come across, but we can’t think of a more perfect opportunity to swine and dine. You like what I did there?

But, if this food group doesn’t suit your tastes, we suggest the leafy alternative, Saladmatch. Turns out you can make “friends”, and gluten-free vegetarians need love too!

4. Tindog – For Man’s Best Friend

Does your perfect date involve big grassy fields filled with slobbering pooches? If you answered yes, grab your canine and download Tindog.

Unlike most apps, Tindog focuses on dog’s compatibility before humans. Before you start, share a snap of your pup with their breed, age and personality along with a few details about yourself. Sadly, you must be a dog owner yourself to use this.

If your fur-baby fancies a new four-legged mate, things on the dating front could be looking up for you. Puppychino for two next weekend anyone?

5. Wingman – For World Travellers

Passport? Check. Luggage? Check. Now all that’s left is someone to share the journey with, and if you want to catch flights and feelings we’d suggest checking out Wingman.

Using the in-flight Wi-Fi, you can create a profile in minutes and strike up a convo with the cutie sitting in 23A. You never know, your next mile-high chat might have your love life taking flight.

Now that you’re equipped with all the apps you’ll ever need to find your true love, you’ll also need a phone to keep up with all those swipes! And don’t forget to check out our mobile plans to find your phone’s perfect match.

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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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