IMDb Mobile: A Must Have App for TV and Movie Aficionados

They saw you don’t talk about religion and politics if you want to keep your relationship smooth with someone. They’re forgetting one more thing: which movie to see!

More often than not, trying to pick a movie to see takes more time than watching the darn movie in the first place! This is where a aggregator of some sort helps as they give you a quick idea of what the movie is about and how the critics and fans feel about the movie. IMDB is one of the forerunners of this category and today we’re going to take a look at IMDB’s Windows phone version.

Getting Started

IMDb is one of the popular apps in the Windows Marketplace which means finding it is a piece of cake. Once you do it, just tap on the Install button and it will be up and running in a couple of minutes depending upon your mobile internet, though. The setup is less than 1 MB like every other mobile apps.

User Interface

My initial impressions were quite positive. I realized that I was quite impressed with the interface. It was clean, not even closed to cluttered and very neatly categorized. The app offers you two themes – dark and light. The background of the app is a scene from the movie Inception and I guess they change it periodically.

Personally, I like the mobile app of IMDb better than the desktop version. I might be the only one, though. The app breaks down in to three screens viz., today, top news and menu. We’ll see the functionality of these screens in a little bit.

Search

Search is this app’s quintessential functionality isn’t it? Without the search it is hard to explore movies, TV shows or celebrities in IMDb. Inside the app, it is located at the top right corner of the screen and it is pretty hard to miss. You can just tap on it and type in the name of the movie or show. You know the procedure, right?

The functionality is just as same as the desktop version except that the results are displayed within the app. I was afraid it would open in the browser – thank god! But I guess that is the basic rule.

The basic information, like the plot summary, ratings and the poster, is displayed in one screen. Flip through the screen to find the cast and crew of the show in one screen and the rest of the junk in the other screen named Explore.

Through the Explore screen, you can browse through the trivia, quotes and the reviews. Now, it is like a rule that every app should be able to share data with your social groups. The app lets you share and email the page to your social networking accounts, messengers and your friends and family.

If you wish, you can also open the link in the browser window if that is comfortable. But hey, the app is much much better. You don’t have to zoom in and out unlike the mobile browser version.

Today

When you load the app, it displays the “today” part first. Well, that makes sense because the today screen consists of showtimes, MOVIEmeter and STARmeter. Those three above gets updated everyday.

Showtimes gather information about the movies, theaters and the time of the shows around your location. Make sure to set “use current location” option that you’ll find in the settings of your mobile. You can also manually set it inside the app by specifying your country and ZIP code.

One thing I noticed was that the country list lists only four countries and sadly mine was not one of them. Anyways, you can also check for the showtimes for the next four days so that you can book the tickets days prior to the show. That is a very thoughtful feature.

The MOVIEmeter and the STARmeter screens showcases 25 movie and celebrity names. Please read the logic of how it works in the IMDB webpage.

Top News

I guess this section is pretty obvious. IMDb app collects every bit of celebrity and media related news from various sites and displays it in here. When you tap on a particular piece of news, along with the news, it also displays links related to the content like the persons involved and the movie or TV references in the content so that you don’t have to manually search for that.

Surprise Me!

One thing that amused me in the menu section is the “Surprise me”. If you want to know or read about random TV shows, celebrities and movies, just tap Surprise me and shake your mobile. Every time you do that, a random thing appears on your mobile. It was fun!

In the menu, you see the rest of the things that you find in the desktop version of IMDb. It is categorized into movies, celebrities, TV, in theaters, DVD and Blu-ray.

The movie category consists of everything related to movies like top 250, movie news, best picture winners etc. You can also do a search on the genre. The same applies to TV except that you can get recap timings and shows running tonight.

If you want to know which celebrity was born today or who was born on which day, that is available in the menu screen of IMDb app. You can get the news about latest DVD and BLU-ray releases too. Everything is neatly sorted out and if you want to buy a DVD or a BLU-ray, the app connects you to Amazon store.

Wrapping Up

Overall, this is a very good piece of application which is very useful when you are about to place a bet on who acted in which movie or the plot line of the 6th episode of season 1 of Modern Family. You get my point, right? The app just makes sure you don’t miss anything from the desktop version and I should say that they have done a very good job. I give it a 8/10.


Summary

IMDb is the world's largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information, and has the leading app for Windows Phone to find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD and Blu-ray releases, explore popular charts and share movie information.

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