- Editor's Rating
- Streamed video is of very decent quality
- Handy 30-second rewind button
- No clear directions given as to how to use the app
- You must buy or rent the movies from a browser, not the app
Amazon\’s Instant Video app gives users access to any Prime content as well as any downloaded content on their Amazon account. Amazon\’s Instant Video app is available for free in the Apple App Store and is also available on the Amazon Kindle Fire. At the time of review, it is not available on other Android OS devices besides the Kindle Fire. The app has great features for Amazon Prime subscribers, but those without a subscription might be disappointed.
TabletPCReview notes that upon opening the app, it features Amazon Prime content. For those who do have an Amazon Prime subscription, they can watch everything on Amazon Instant Video for free. Those without a subscription, have to download content using the Amazon website, then put the content into an Amazon Watchlist, and then the content will be available within the Amazon Instant Video app. Reviewers at TPCR feel that this may be due to Apple\’s terms and conditions and the percentage of profits earned on apps in the Apple App Store.
For those who do not mind the process of downloading content externally, or for those who have an Amazon Prime subscription, the video quality is respectable. TCPR felt \”For the most part, watching the rented video was pretty much the same as watching a video downloaded and played back directly from the iPad, rather than streamed over the Internet.\” Reviewers also noted that the app did crash once, but that was the only issue during testing; testers also noted that crashing can be due to Internet connections and bandwidth, among other reasons.
Anyone who frequently downloads content through Amazon, or for those with an Amazon Prime account, the app will suffice for watching content on the iPad. TPCR found the process of switching back and forth between the browser and app a little frustrating, but not a deal breaker. For easy access to Prime content and slightly less easy access to downloaded Amazon content, the Amazon Instant Video app will deliver a decent user experience.