Hong Kong-based app, Say Hi, seems to hold a lot of potential as a new mobile dating app that caters to the new generation. It combines several features of other dating apps such as MeetMe's nearby user location map, Blued's Groups, and Chatroulette's random video chats.
However, the app’s user reviews are conflicting. Some commend the app for its wide array of features, yet some reiterate that it is a scam for advertising that the app’s features are entirely free to use.
Are you getting hyped with what is really going on? Read the full review below to verify which of these opinions are true.
Registration can be done through Facebook or Google
Basic personal information is required to be disclosed
Uploading a profile picture (avatar) is needed
Filters are available to use for your avatar
There is no email verification required
The registration process of Say Hi only takes about one to three minutes. You need to provide your email, name, gender, and birthday (to ensure that you are over 17 years old).
Once you set your gender, you can no longer change it. You also need to nominate a password, answer a captcha, and upload a profile picture (avatar). Once you’ve successfully uploaded an avatar, you can set filters to make it even more delightful.
After registration, Say Hi will track your location using your phone’s GPS. If the app is unable to locate you, you can set your location yourself.
Aside from the contacting features that Say Hi offers its members, they also have several other distinctive features. These are represented by colorful motion graphics and can be found on the ‘Explore’ tab of the app.
When you click most of the graphics, there will be a pop-up notification saying that you need to download a plugin. When you click ‘Yes’, it would take you to your App Store, where you can continue the installation.
Once you’ve downloaded the plugin, you can access all the apps in one-click through the ‘Explore’ tab. You only need to download one plugin to use all the special features.
Random Video Chat
This is similar to a video chat roulette, wherein you will be matched randomly with another user who is also using the video chat. You get five seconds to leave the app before the random video chat begins.
Random Voice Chat
This feature matches you with another member for a random voice chat. Similar to the Random Video Chat, you may also leave the app five seconds before the conversation begins.
HQ Trivia Online
HQ Trivia Online is a game feature wherein you will be matched randomly with another user who is also playing the game. You will be quizzed and the user who gets the most points wins. This feature makes use of your video camera, and there is no way to turn it off.
Match History simply lists all the users who you’ve matched with randomly by using the three features above. This helps you connect with them again.
Shake Shake requires an additional download. This feature matches you with a random SayHi member to chat with whenever you shake your phone.
This feature also requires an additional download. This feature is similar to a discussion forum wherein you can post conversation starters or reply to posts made by other members.
The other special features that don’t need downloading are:
Who Checked Me Out
This feature lists all the members who have visited your profile. It allows you to connect with them in just a click quickly.
I’m a Superstar
‘I’m a Superstar’ is a VIP feature. Being a Superstar puts your profile on the featured members' board.
The Chatroom is where you can join random live discussions of currently active members. This is free for all members. However, not many use this particular feature of SayHi.
Emojis are graphics that you can send to other users. Some emojis require additional downloads, but some are already ready to be sent.
Themes are skins you can use for your app to foster personalisation. Most themes need to be downloaded.
Profile photos and information are visible to all members
Profiles show which social media accounts are connected to your account
Some icons represent your ‘social status’ in the app
Profiles show how far you are from a member
You can verify your avatar by undergoing a verification process
Profiles of Say Hi members have limited information, but it has everything you need to know to spark a conversation. Say Hi only shows you members who are near your location to encourage actual meetups after connecting online.
Member profiles display how far you are with a particular member, and the last time that member was active. It also shows the necessary information about the member’s lifestyle and appearance. There is likewise a small photo gallery if that member uploaded another photo beside his or her avatar.
On some profiles, you may see a fire icon, which represents being a popular member. This particular icon can come and go, and it depends on how many other users message that member on that day.
Using Say Hi is relatively easy even to new users of the app. You can find everything you need on the collapsible menu which is represented by the three lines located on the upper left side.
The app’s main contacting features are on the dashboard as banner tabs. The default page is set to a list of nearby users to your current location. You can view this list in three different layouts, which are:
List - a linear directory of users wherein you can see their profile picture, name, gender, headline, time of last activity, and how many miles you are from them
‘Waterfall’ - shows only the profile photos of the users that is similar to how a waterfall looks like
Location map - maps where the current locations of the members are plotted on the actual map of your city
The special features of the app are on the ‘Explore’ tab. The features are each represented by cute, colorful, motion graphics, and are arranged in a table layout.
The design appearance of Say Hi is modern that it perfectly fits this generation’s taste. The app uses pastel colors, which are soft in the eyes, and cooler shades for contrast and emphasis.
“The logo and UI design of Say Hi was what intrigued me at first. The colors and graphics captured my interest immediately. The app was minimal in size, so my download was done in less than a minute. After signing up, I instantly saw the active users who were near me. I initiated chats with some, and some sent me messages first. I’ve already met up with some and had an enjoyable time. SayHi offers a lot of features! I haven’t even tried the special ones yet, but the app has already given me new friends.” - Marvin, 19, NYC
Say Hi has four different payment plans to offer. If you get a VIP or a Super VIP membership, you get unlimited access to all the features of the dating app. This includes sending unlimited messages to all members, removing advertisements, and being a priority in other members’ inboxes.
However, you can also choose not to avail a VIP membership as it is a tad expensive, and instead get either a Messaging monthly plan or buy points. Messaging plans allow you to send messages to popular users, while points allow you more freedom on where you want to spend them. For instance, if you're going to chat with a popular member, you need to give 10 points, and you will be able to do so but just for an hour.
You can earn free points if you do some tasks listed by Say Hi. You can find the tasks on the Store tab.
Say Hi does have a lot of special features to offer to its members. And what they say on their app’s download pages are true—the features are all free to use. However, there are limitations. Free usage is only up to a certain extent. Even so, Say Hi provides a reliable platform for connecting nearby users. It makes it easy for its members to interact and make connections through its different contacting features.
If you want a more straightforward dating app, you can browse our other Dating Apps reviews.
Say Hi FAQ
What is Say Hi?
SayHi is a chat and dating app that is available to download and use for free.
Who owns Say Hi?
SayHi is owned and operated by Unearby Limited.
In what languages is Say Hi available?
SayHi is available in English, Chinese, and Arabic.
Who can join Say Hi?
Anyone over the age of 17 can join SayHi.
Can I join Say Hi for free?
Yes, joining SayHi is free of charge.
Does Say Hi offer premium membership?
Yes, SayHi offers two kinds of membership—VIP and Super VIP. They also have a Messaging monthly plan which gets you exclusive access to their messaging features.
I want to delete my Say Hi account permanently, how do I do that?
You can delete your SayHi account by going through your ‘Settings’ and choosing ‘Account’ from the menu. Once you’re there, you can click the ‘Delete my account’ to delete your account.
Can I retrieve my account after deleting it?
You cannot retrieve your SayHi account once you have decided to delete it.
How does Say Hi work?
SayHi puts all nearby members on your dashboard, which you can view in three different ways. Clicking a member would take you to his or her profile, where the contacting features are.
How do I send a message to another user?
You can send a message to another SayHi member by clicking the ‘send message’ button found on that member’s profile.
How come I can send messages to other members for free, but for some, I have to pay 10 points?
If you’re not a VIP member or you don’t have a SayHi Messaging monthly plan, you need to pay 10 points to chat with popular users for an hour.
When I clicked on a particular feature, it said that I had to download another app, how come?
The special features of SayHi are add-ons to the main app, so you need to download them separately. Once you’ve successfully installed them, you can access these apps through SayHi’s main app.
What is ‘BBS’?
‘BBS’ is SayHi’s forum-like message board, where users can post their thoughts.
What does it mean to be a ‘Superstar’?
Being a ‘Superstar’ means that you are a featured member. However, only VIP members can become one.
Why can’t I view my match history?
Viewing your SayHi match history is only for VIP members.
Is it safe to use Say Hi?
As with other dating apps, SayHi is not 100% safe. Users are advised to remain watchful for scammers and to report abusive users.
What are the security measures of SayHi?
SayHi abides by Privacy Policies required by the state, and they also have a published Terms & Conditions that are strictly moderated. The report and block buttons are also accessible in every chat conversation.
How do I block a user from messaging me?
Just click on the three dots found on the upper right side of that SayHi member’s profile and choose the ‘Block’ option.
I want to report an abusive Say Hi user, how do I do that?
Just click on the three dots found on the upper right side of that member’s profile and choose the ‘Report Abuse’ option.
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