[Note: The Collide app is no longer available in the App Store and it appears to be off the market. If anything changes, we’ll update our review. For other online dating options, check out our list of the Best Christian Dating sites.]
Collide Christian Dating App Review: There’s a new app on the market…
When the creators of the Collide app tweeted us that they’d just released a new Christian dating app, we figured we would check it out. The SingleRoots Team had just been discussing the void of a free Christian dating app in the ever-expanding dating app market. And lo and behold…
The Collide concept is similar to other recent free dating apps: You sign up with your Facebook account, and the app matches you with nearby singles who meet your search criteria—age and distance. And, like the other apps, you touch yes or no if you’re interested in talking to a match. If they say yes and you say yes, well then, you have a match made in Heaven. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Collide Christian Dating App Review: How easy is it?
Once you connect your Facebook account, the first question you’re asked after your gender is your favorite Bible verse. Then you’re able to choose whether or not you’re interested in males or females.
You’re also able choose your denomination. While they don’t list all of the denominations we know of, they do have some generic ones like “Christian,” “Evangelical,” or “Protestant,” if yours isn’t there. They also list Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness, among others.
The profile setup process is pretty quick. After you answer those questions, you can add a small paragraph about yourself, but that’s it. The rest of the decision on whether or not you want to connect with a match is based upon looks, mutual Facebook friends, Bible verse, and—if the person gives you more information—the basic “about you” paragraph.
Collide Christian Dating App: How’s the dating pool?
Of course, as a new app just released in April 2015, there aren’t many users. But that’s to be expected. It takes time to build a database. We live in a large city and tried the app several times with no restrictions on age or distance and netted 2 results. Both were not in our typical age range either.
Even though it connects via Facebook, you don’t have access to more information on the match’s Facebook profile, so you don’t have the convenience of knowing if you have common likes or interests. And you aren’t given the person’s last name upfront, so unless you have mutual friends with them you can’t put your stalking skills to good use to find out more about them. But you don’t know which mutual friends you have with them; you only know how many. Which leads us to money…
Lest you think everything is free on this app, it’s not. If you want to see which specific friends you have in common with a match or the exact distance you are from a match, you will have to pay 99 cents per match. Which, let’s face it, can get pricey over time. If you want to do denominational filtering, you can pay a one-time fee and get a premium feature for $4.99. If you’re going to get the information you need to find out if a match really is someone you’d want to go out with, it really is to your advantage to pay the premium price. However, if you want unlimited access to all those things at a one-time fee, you can get Collide Premium at $19.99.
Here’s our candid Collide Christian Dating App Review:
Remember when we reviewed Christian Mingle and said that it felt more like it was created for the Christian stereotype rather than actual Christians? Yeah, Collide feels the same way.
Most Christians don’t care to see a person’s favorite Bible verse when they’re looking for an online date. We can count on two hands the number of people we’ve ever had that conversation with in our entire lives and those were back in the youth group, so it’s certainly not a qualifier for a night on the town.
And, many Evangelical Christians are going to be put off by the fact that this app is LGBT-inclusive, which we learned from conversations the app creators have had on Twitter. Evangelicals might also have a problem with the app listing denominational options for Mormons and Jehovah’s Witness, too.
Those Christian singles who’ve been using Tinder or Hinge successfully—and we’ve heard from some who have found dates using them—would probably see Collide as a valid option, if they paid the price of a premium membership. But, as in all online dating/dating app options, you still have to vet your matches carefully. The word “Christian” means many different things to many different people, so even though it’s an app targeting Christians, you’ve still got to do a good bit of work to figure out if they’re like-minded or not.
[Note: We reached out with some questions to the creators of Collide. In the coming weeks, we’ll run an interview with them so you can learn more about the app.]
Have you tried out the Collide Christian dating app? What are your thoughts on it?
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