Nokia Trailers app hands-on for Nokia Lumia
If you’re a movie buff with a Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 900 or Nokia Lumia 710, you should be mightily interested in the release of Nokia Trailers. We take this new free app for a spin to see if it’s a blockbuster or a flop.
As we run deeper into blockbuster season, the buzz around various megabucks movies set to launch over the rest of the year is huge. At the time of writing, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit are both ahead of us – surely two of the biggest films of the decade.
We want to know more about these behemoths, which is where Nokia Trailers comes in. It’s a simple yet stylish way to access movie trailers on your Nokia Lumia phone, and it also adds a few bonus features into the mix.
The core purpose of the app is realised beautifully. Open it up and you’ll be confronted with the Featured page, with the hottest upcoming film of the moment given a full page spread along with some blurb, artwork, and cast details. From here you can opt to stream official trailers and teasers to your phone over a data or network connection, or to download the trailers for later viewing. You can also share the trailers over email, SMS or social networks.
Scroll right in familiar Metro UI style and you’ll reach the Just Added section, which features a bunch of thumbnails linking through to various other upcoming films. Hit one of these and you’ll be taken through to the same full page spread of movie info and trailer links.
As for the actual experience of watching the trailers on your phone, it obviously varies depending on the handset! While it’s ideal for the Nokia Lumia 900′s 4.3-inch AMOLED display, though, it works well across the whole range. Each of the Lumias presents a suitably sharp, clear picture.
The quality of the videos themselves vary depending on how you watch them. We found that streaming them produced a notably inferior picture to downloading them – even when watched over a solid Wi-Fi connection. Still, it remained watchable, and the flexibility of being able to watch decent movie trailers however you want to is welcome.
Elsewhere, the Menu screen is a handy way to monitor your downloads, and check out your watchlist – films you’ve marked out to keep an eye on. You can also find your nearest cinemas through this tool, although it’s a shame the app couldn’t also pull through film times.
And that’s our one hesitation in recommending Nokia Trailers. There are two excellent dedicated movie apps on the Marketplace, IMDb and Flixster, and both offer everything Nokia Trailers offers and more. If you’ve already got one of those installed, you might not find much purpose for Nokia Trailers.
Still, neither of the above apps is as lean, focused or downright stylish as Nokia Trailers. If you just want to monitor the latest movie trailers, and nothing else, it’s a more than worthwhile download.