Pair: The Messaging App for the Two of You

In the past 5 years or so, text messaging has really started to take off; more and more people are starting to use it and see its advantages. Heck, even my mom, started texting this year — never thought I would ever see that happen! With the advent of the iPhone, texting has become so much more than just typing someone a short message. But the big question is, can we make it even better than what it is today?

Take for example, an app called Pair, which takes text messaging to another level by simplifying the experience. I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes, I am texting with so many different people, that I accidentally type a message to the wrong person. That can be quite embarrassing, especially if it is a message that was personal and not really meant to be shared outside of you and the person you meant to share it with. Well, Pair, makes sure this doesn’t happen and makes the texting experience more intimate in the process.

Getting Started

Right away you will see what exactly sets Pair apart from every other text messaging app that is out there. It’s the fact that it is meant for only you and one other person — hence the title. That’s right, just you and some other lucky person that you choose get to experience Pair together, no one else. For some people, this could be an instant turn-off, but for others, this may be exactly what they need.

Inviting someone to join you on Pair

Inviting someone to join you on Pair

When you first get started, you are asked to create a profile and then invite someone to join you in your “pair.” You can send them a video invite if you want, or just enter in their email address. That person will then get an email with or without the video to download the app and join you. At this point, you now just have to wait for that person to link with you and the rest of the app becomes useless until this happens.

Invite sent with a video

Invite sent with a video

Using Pair

The thing that I appreciated about Pair is that even though it is limited in that you can only connect with one person, they don’t limit the features that you can use to interact. Besides being able to text, you can send the person a picture and/or a video, as well as initiate a FaceTime call. Pair also has a sketch feature where you can draw a picture and send that. The cool thing about this feature is that if both of you are on the sketch feature at the same time, you can draw on the same picture together in real time.

Main features that are in the app and the Sketch feature

Main features that are in the app and the Sketch feature

There are a few other features that are worth noting when it comes to using the app itself. If you are anything like me, dates get all mixed up after a while. Pair helps you out with this so you don’t get in trouble when you miss your anniversary by letting you put in the dates of your anniversary, your significant other’s birthday as well as your own.

Other features of Pair (Dates, Shared Tasks and Moments)

Other features of Pair (Dates, Shared Tasks and Moments)

Another feature which is kind of cool is the shared tasks list. Both you and whoever you are paired with can add and check off tasks from the list. This is a great way to do this and I found that I used this feature a lot instead of using a separate app for sharing task lists.

Shared Todo List

Shared Todo List

The last feature is called Moments, and I was a little underwhelmed by this feature, to be honest. It basically stores all of your pictures that you take as well as the sketches that you and the other person create. I wish you could also add in other special moments either by text or by voice or have the ability to add text to a picture to enhance the moment.

Can This Really Work?

I remember when I first saw this app, the first thing that came to my mind was, “Really?” I was skeptical at first, but as I strong armed my wife into using this app with me, the more I started to like it. For one, because I use texting a lot in my life, this was a great way to cut out all the noise, and just know that if I got a Pair message, it was from my wife. I can definitely see this working for couples that maybe are long distance or if someone travels a lot.

There really is no huge advantage to using an app like this. Yes, it is free and there is no cost to it, but so is text messaging from iPhone to iPhone. I think if Pair is going to succeed they are going to have to create more features that are going to make people want to use this to connect to someone on a more personal level. For most people, I believe, it will be too much of a hassle to use both the text messaging feature on their iPhone as well as this app.

Conclusion

Overall, although Pair is more of a gimmick application, they really did a good job on it. It had some great features that I liked and the functionality of the app was well done. As far as the app itself, I don’t have any complaints, but I do know that if it is going to get past the initial hype, they are going to have to add more features that are going to make it worth using. Enticing people by the fact that this is an app where they can connect with a loved one probably just won’t cut it.

What do you think, am I not seeing something here? Do you think Pair has a fighting chance or is this just a gimmick?


Summary

A messaging app for only you and someone else.

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