Developer: Damien Fagnou
Price: free Download on the App Store
There are numerous entertainment apps that feature information on current and upcoming movies and Trailers is just one of the many. Trailers is the paid version of Trailers Lite, the previously available free app that allows you to view Apple’s high quality movie trailers. In its full version, not only are there considerably more movie trailers available, there are other features that make it a purchase worth considering.
Available from the App Store, Trailers has the ability to search, categorize, and shuffle movies and available trailers. The developer claims Trailers is built to be fast, which for the most part it is. Unlike many movie preview apps, Trailers allows you to store movie trailers for viewing where Wi-Fi is not available.
Additional features that are pretty cool, include the ability to save movie posters to your iPhone/iPod Touch in higher-quality resolution than the standard screen shot, which means you can set it as your wallpaper, and the shuffle option allows you to explore movies you might not even know about. You can view details of a movie, including actors, directors, and movie synopsis.
Developed by xTeo, Trailers has the ability to be viewed on Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE. The viewing quality is sleek and sexy, which is what we really want in a movie trailer, and the categorization and search features are user-friendly. The one problem I ran into with the search function was some delay in the touch keyboard when inputting my search. The delay wasn’t a huge hang up, but I do wonder if it’s a common problem and since the search function proved to be an advantage to the Trailers app, it would be disappointing if the delay was a chronic issue.
It’s also worth noting that while the database does seem to be comprehensive and frequently updated, some information appears to be blatantly absent or incomplete. For example, when first testing this on my iPhone I searched for “Will Smith,” and though it displayed his newest film Seven Pounds, Trailers supplied a rating of “not yet rated” even though the film is already in theaters.
Overall, the search and categorization features that are absent in some of the free iPhone movie apps, such as Movies by Flixter, make Trailers a nice entertainment application. Yet for a paid iPhone app, I would prefer an all-in-one package that includes a search function, movie trailers and information, as well as local theatre show times.