Two perfume iPhone apps were released this week: an updated version of Givaudan’s iPerfumer app, and Roja Dove’s new Scent Selector app. Because I am both a perfume geek and a regular geek, I immediately downloaded both. I now feel qualified to advise y’all as to which app is the better choice for passing time while studiously avoiding eye contact with your fellow Metro commuters. My personal choice is iPerfumer, for three reasons: it is free, it contains information on a greater number of fragrances than does Scent Selector, and it offers three recommendations per perfume as opposed to Scent Selector’s one. For a more detailed explanation, I present this table. Will you be downloading either of these apps? What kind of perfume apps would you like to see?
|Price||FREE, baby.||$4.99. Not cheap, but not terrible.|
|Visual Appeal||VERY nice. Clean and sharp. A big improvement on the first version of iPerfumer.||Elegant black-and-gold color scheme.|
|Features||This is where iPerfumer really shines. You can search for fragrances by name or browse four categories: Fragrance Family, Fragrance Notes, Recent Launches, and Brands. Each entry for each perfume contains information on the fragrance notes and brand, and also recommends three similar perfumes.||Scent Selection allows you to search for fragrances by name or by scanning the perfume’s bar code. Each entry for each perfume provides information about the notes (this information is allegedly “described by Roja himself, but reads more like ad copy) and recommends one similar perfume.|
|Scope||iPerfumer contains information on a larger number of fragrances than does Scent Selector.||Scent Selector contains information on a smaller number of fragrances than does iPerfumer.|