Just days away from Valentine’s Day, it is time to think about gifts, cards, chocolate, dinner reservations and flowers. With Valentine’s Day landing on a Friday this year, most of you are mired in the middle of the work week. Whether it’s your best girl, guy or your Mom, your iPhone might be the most effective way to send flowers. Here are a few apps to help you order flowers using your iPhone.
Using the official ProFlowers app, you can choose from an assortment of arrangements. The app is very visual, so you can easily get an idea of the the floral arrangement. All include a glass vase, while some arrangements include chocolate or a teddy bear. Each choice provides a description of what’s included. If you login with Facebook, ProFlowers will import your address book. It will also alert you of upcoming events from Facebook. Likewise, you can access contacts from directly on your iPhone.
The app looks sharp, but there are a few drawbacks. For one, the main menu has a field for Radio/TV promo code. That’s great if you happen to see a commercial or hear an ad. For most, it’s a reminder of a discount that you likely don’t have. It should be noted that if you use ‘vdayapp‘, you’ll receive 15% off your order. In a future update, they should simply push promotions to the app.
When you first enter the app, it shows you all products. ProFlowers suggests you refine products based ‘how you would like them to feel’. You can choose from Desired, Encouraged, Celebrated, Appreciated or Comforted. Count me among those a bit creeped out by the ‘Perfect for Moms’ selection appearing under Desired. If you shop the app, you’ll notice the flower selections are different from the website, which I found odd. There are more flower selections on the website, but you won’t find the arrangements in the app?
Overall, the app is nicely done. In some ways, perhaps the lack of choices is preferred, since it’s easy to narrow down a selection. Prices also appear to be very fair and that’s before the coupon code is applied.
Download ProFlowers (Free)
If you are looking to break the bank, this app is for you. They list the ‘Love Affair’ flowers, which presumably include a dozen red roses, for the low-low price of $129.95. Unless these are magical roses that never die, I’d recommend you take a pass on this app.
Download Flowers (Free)
The other big name in online florists is 1-800-Flowers. Their app offers all sorts of gifts, letting you shop by occasion, type of gift and more. For example, you can select ‘Same-Day Delivery’ and choose a sub-category for the event ie. Birthday, Get Well, etc. Some arrangements can be purchased in different sizes as well. There are an abundance of choices, which is good, but the app itself feels dated.
If the overwhemling assortment of choices is to much to process, the app has a tab dedicated to calling them. After all, this is 1-800-Flowers. Prices appear to be on the high side, but it’s possible you are getting more flowers.
Download 1-800-Flowers (Free)
This app taps into the huge network of 15,000 FTD florists. Buttons let you select from categories including Most Popular, Valentines, Flowers, Roses, Under $0 or browse all. This app looks like a bad Windows Mobile 5.0 port and acts like one. Tapping on categories will result in the button pulsing before delivering a list of products. It’s hardly the type of app that instills the confidence you need before entering your credit card. FTD is a recognized network of florists and if you’ve had wonderful arrangements sent or received, the app will save you time. For a company whose main business is creating beautiful arrangements, they clearly did not bring that mantra to their app development.
Download Mobile Florist (Free)
These are all free apps. As a reminder, sending flowers is not free and even though these apps can save you time, expect to see floral arrangements get their seasonal price increase as a result of Valentine’s Day. My best advice is to go with what’s worked for you in the past, but use the app for added convenience. When it comes to iPhone apps, ProFlowers offered the best user experience, good prices and easily the best design of the bunch.