iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Almost since the iPhone first came out, one of the platform’s weakest points is actually its video support. Apple has always been known for being opinionated, and nowhere is this more apparent than with video.
With lots of lockdowns on file formats, playback rates, and streaming potential, it’s no wonder the general populace is constantly ready for more firepower.
nPlayer offers a great way to expand the potential of your device, enabling it to stream multiple new video formats, extend you closed captioning range, and open up a world of new streaming options.
Want to stream video files on from your iPhone to your Smart TV or Chromecast? Not a problem.
If all of that sounds like something you could get into, then scroll down below the break for our full review!
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind the app is blissfully simple: What if your iPhone were capable of pulling media from just about anywhere, playing it no matter the file format, and supporting it with just as many features as the static photo side of the apparatus? In essence, that’s exactly what you’ll find here with nPlayer.
To begin with, the app supports all the file formats you’ve always wanted on the iPhone but couldn’t previously use. These include (but aren’t limited to, incredibly) MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, OGV, RMVB, TP, and more. It also officially supports DTS (DTS HD) and Dolby (AC3, E-AC3).
That’s a huge list, and it’s definitely an improvement over the stock MP4 support.
Likewise, you aren’t limited to just using iTunes. For those of us (aka me) who hate iTunes and always have, this is a huge boon.
In fact, nPlayer lets you hook up just about any cloud-based storage service around. Have a DropBox account with tons of movies? Plug it in and away the app goes! This saves storage space on your device, and means you don’t have to change your lifestyle to use the app.
Finally, nPlayer comes loaded with an incredible amount of gesture-controlled tom-foolery. You can play, pause, speed-up, rewind, zoom, etc. your videos all by using your fingers. It’s breathtaking, and it’s an experience that feels natural on iOS.
Design and Interface
Here’s where things get a bit tricky for nPlayer. Now, we have no major complaints with the user interface. However, plenty of reviewers have mentioned the complexity as a downside.
nPlayer’s UI certainly does take some getting used to, all these touch controls. And though we think it’s highly worth it to get acquainted, several users have reported a frustrating level of difficulty.
Outside of this, though, the interface looks good, performs well, and never hindered our experience. And at the end of the day, though we will provide a caution, we can’t knock the app too hard because of this.
Lastly, nPlayer clocks in at a whopping $8.99 in the App Store. That’s a lot (in app terms) and we imagine a lot of you are feeling a bit put off. But it’s worth remembering that that’s still less than two cups of Starbucks sugar-coffee.
And for that money, you get a much better video experience on the iPhone and iPad.
So at the end of the day, is nPlayer worth it? Absolutely! It offers great features, a solid interface, and more than enough functionality to keep you happy. There’s an old saying that you get what you pay for, and in the case of nPlayer, it’s absolutely true.
nPlayer requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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