I chose Movies to try it out on this mid-length flight and the content streamed almost immediately, with a clear picture. Even the scrub bar (that option that allows you to scroll through the movie length) was quite large and reacted quickly. This felt better and snappier than some "state of the art" seatback systems.
Under "TV Series" I was happy to find shows loaded up with more than just two two episodes, and playback responsiveness was equally as impressive. There was some slight pixelating every now and again, much like when the satellite goes off for a half a second or so at home when the weather is bad, but it barely hurt the watching experience. I did not have a chance to try it on a laptop, but if the quality was anything like the iPhone I’m sure I would be just as happy.
Their entire title selection was impressive, and scrolling quickly through lists was far better than the tedious click-and-wait menu lists of most seatback entertainment systems. One gripe is I have is regarding the lack of power outlets in the seats. If an airline expects passengers to use their own devices for a flights of 2 hours or more, there should be a way to keep it charged. Who wants to land at a new airport with 2% battery (or 0%)?
Despite this one qualm, I truly loved this system as it combines the selection of most IFE systems with the far superior interface of an Apple device (scrolling, touch, screen quality). Yet, as I disembarked and said to the flight attendant, “I love your wireless system,” she replied, “yeah, when it works!” Ouch. At least it worked for this traveler and worked very well.
This is the app to download from the iTunes app store
Some of the menus
Watching a film
The app automatically pauses shows for crew announcements--cool!
[Photos: Max Graham]