IMDb Movies & TV for iPhone full review
It might be the world’s favourite internet movie database, but IMDb is a real pain to use when you’re surfing on an iPhone or iPod touch: there’s just too much pinching and scrolling to do. This app gets around that by presenting your favourite facts in an easy-to-use way. And it’s optimised for the iPad, too.
The app’s makers certainly seem to understand that screen space is at a premium on the iPhone and iPod touch. Its Select A Movie search field is very visible and easy to type into, with plenty of shortcuts and the app stacking information in a scrollable list. Instead of cramming an entire cast list into a single screen, for example, IMDb lists the top billed actors. You can tap their names to see which other films they’ve appeared in, or tap a link to the full cast list on another screen.
The IMDb experience is even better on the iPad, where the app makes full use of the larger display and employs a range of panes and pop-up windows. Here, when you tap on a link to see the entire cast list of a movie, it appears as a separate, scrollable window overlaid on the main screen. Clicking to see an actor’s filmography also shows up as a separate window.
Other nice touches include a built-in video player that takes you right back to where you left off when you’ve finish watching a film trailer, and an omnipresent IMDb logo that kicks you back to the Home screen no matter where in the app you are.