Lumiappaday #20: IMDb demoed on the Nokia Lumia 800

| December 6, 2011 | 27 Replies


Here’s an application that has had petitions before to bring to the Nokia platforms. It’s IMDb, the Internet Movie Database – find news on the films and those film stars. Being on a phone you have social location features to point you to cinemas and shows near you (a bit like a feature in #18, Poynt)

IMDb is always my one stop shop to find any film/tv related info. The ratings is of great help as that sometimes decides whether I’m going to go get a particular DVD or sometimes heighten or underestimate expectations for a movie. I like using it for those moments where I’m like “I’ve seen her in a movie before…is that…., or that cartoon character’s voice sounds familiar, is it….”

Apologies for delay in posting. YouTube is under maintenance and won’t let us publish the video.

#20) IMDb

Price: Free



Developer Blurb:

I MDb is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information, and has the leading app for Windows Phone to find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD and Blu-ray releases, explore popular charts and share movie information.

We aim to list every detail about every movie and TV show ever made, including who was in it, who made it, the plot, user ratings, trailers, photos, reviews, quotes, goofs, trivia and much more.

  • Over 1.5 million movie and TV titles
  • Over 3.2 million celebrities, actors, actresses, directors and other crew member 


  • Movie trailers
  • User reviews for movies and TV shows
  • Critics reviews for movies and TV shows
  • Quotes, trivia and goofs about movies and celebrities
  •  Your browse and search history on IMDb

Look up:

  • Movie showtimes at local theaters near you
  • TV listings for your local time zone
  • Recaps of TV shows from previous night
  • Upcoming movies
  • Latest entertainment news

Explore popular charts:

  • Best Picture – award winners
  • Top rated movies of all time (IMDb Top 250)
  • Most popular movies of the day on IMDb (MOVIEmeter)
  • Most popular celebrities of the day on IMDb (STARmeter)
  • Lowest rated movies of all time (IMDb Bottom 100)
  • Most popular movies listed by genre (Action, Horror, Romance, Comedy and many more)
  • Most popular TV shows
  • US Box office results
  • Celebrity birthdays

Rating: 9.75

 Design: 10

The app looks very nice, starting with a golden splash screen and the beautiful colour scheme of black and yellow in flowing panorama. At the back you have a sort of faded scene from random featured movies which is very subtle, not impeding on the readability of text, in fact adding to the classy appeal.

Due to being all about movies, the app is constantly colourful with movie poster thumbnails and star photos.

 Usability: 10


The application is extremely usable. First and foremost you just have three main screens – stuff for today (divided into show times, movie meter and top stars). Pan right from here and you get top news, pan left (or pan right again from top news being panoramic) is your menu. Here you can go through movies, find theatres near you, tv info, celebrities, dvd and blue-ray releases, surprise me (a random shake and get a random IMDB page) and history.

One thing that’s often overlooked – a home button to quickly bring you back to bring you quickly back to the surface (quite apt that Inception is featured in the main view). The IMDB icon is that home button. It’s always visible and pressing it brings you back to the main view. Another really useful thing is having another persistent search button. Just need to look something up? Press that magnifying glass that’s always at the top right corner. I like how it inconspicuously blends but you know it’s there when you want to use it.


I’ll go through just two of the main ways I use this:

Finding out about movie/actors.

To find movie or actor just click whenever they appear or click the search button at the top right corner.

You have metro UI that shows 3 panes. First an overview where you can look at the film poster and pictures of the movie as well as movie details, ratings, options to watch the trailer, show times, plot summary and synopsis, all of which are clickable.

Pan to the right and you can look at the top billed cast, each with a picture and you can click all cast, top billed .

Pan again to the right and you can see reviews, fun stuff like quotes, news related to this film and actions to view on imdb direct or email the link.

The actor page consistently has the same lay out, so pictures of the actor, details about them, a bio.

Pan right and you can see films they’re known for with an option to look at all their films. Pan right once more and you can view fun stuff, trivia, quotes, news etc.

Finding where to watch a movie.

Clicking on a movie  show times. Shows you where its playing – location based showing whats near.

But you can also click the in theatres portion for show times which can be organized based on movies that you want to watch or theatres near by.

Clicking a theatre shows you their movies as well as a map and option for direction. Unfortuantely it opens the bing maps and not Nokia Drive.


You have additional features such as movie meter that is ranking the top films or star meter for well, the top “stars”. There’s panel separate for top news.

Going back to menu you’ve also got some great features such as TV , celebrities, DVD/Blueray and surprises me (As well as history for films you’ve been checking out). DVD is pretty good if you’re looking to buy/rent out a DVD it’s nice to see what’s newly available in shops or coming soon.

On the theatre page itself you can view the map directly to look for nearby theatres.

Performance: 9

Start up is about 3 seconds. Not super slow but I’ve grown to be impatient. The rest of the site is as usual, fast and fluid to navigate. You will be needing an internet connection of course to load up content, and surprisingly, without WiFi on average 3G signal it’s still quite fast at loading content.

Videos are high quality when streaming and the full screen button on the player allows you to remove the black bars.

However, there is a portion of the app that makes it crash 100% of the time. When clicking on a movie’s synopsis, it will close. However, that’s a very small portion of the site and it’s completely possible to navigate the whole entire app without ever clicking synopsis (unlike that other instability issue with #16)

Price: 10

It’s free – no ads.


This official application from IMDb is a must have for any film fans. Not only can you get rich, beautifully presented information on your favourite movies, DVDs, film stars etc, you can also find out where new released films are showing.



Category: Applications, Lumiappaday, Nokia, Windows Phone

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  • john

    Looks amazing !! In fact this is the 1st app I’ve seen that makes me want to get this phone.

    • Jay Montano

      Wow, good to hear. There are tons of apps like this. Just scratching the surface (especially since the order I’m putting things out is mostly based on my own preferences rather than things that would show of Windows Phone and the brilliant apps available).

      • john

        So when you getting your 1st Nokia blog app written then 🙂 ? Now that would be something.

        • Jay Montano

          I know nothing about writing apps sorry. We have one for Symbian but that was made through Ovi App Wizard. As for WP, lol, if they make some RSS reader type app creator we’ll make one then :p

          • Jesse

   does just that!

          • Jesse

            errrrr… or

            Sorry.. It does seem to be down now too but many blogs are using it to make apps. It works pretty well.

  • Jesse

    It’s a good app, but the app “Good Movie?” is for sure better 😛

    • MDF

      good movie is good but overall imdb is better
      and dont forget imdb looks amazing and can lure people on the wp7 ecosystem just by looking at it ;p
      they need though to update it to mango and maybe a live tile

      • Michael Faro-Tusino

        Agreed! I want a Lumia 800 even more, after seeing how sexy the IMDB app is

      • Jesse

        Lol, well I might be biased.. I made GoodMovie? : )

        IMDB is awesome though, they have so much information.. I wish they would make an API!

        • MDF

          nice i am using good movie
          i like the live tile

          are you planning any updates?

          • Jesse

            I am definitely planning on some updates. Always open to suggestions too! I want to keep it free and without ads so I am limited to open API’s but I will try my best!

            • MDF

              hmm if i have to suggest something i would like a flipping live tile and be able to search for actors

              • Jesse

                What do you want on the other side of the tile, that one will be easy? Tomatometer score maybe?

                I am trying to come up with a user friendly way to search actors. So far none of the API’s give very good results but I am definitely working on that. I will try to get something out with that soon!

        • Jay Montano

          Hey that’s awesome? You made that? I tried out as soon as I saw the suggestion – it’s really well made too. I like the background pulls an image from the film – IMDBs ones are set to certain featured ones.

          I also really like the youtube feature, pulling related videos from youtube.

          I was wondering what the take a screenshot feature was for – but that’s brilliant too.

          It would be really interesting to if IMDb did make an API – I think it would be nice if you could sign in to the app and rate films, possibly view the discussion boards.

          • Jesse

            Screenshot function is to make wallpapers for the phone from images of the movie or actors. Just resize them to wallpaper and take a screenshot!

            Does the IMDB background update? Seems like it has been the same for over year on my phone 😀

            Yeah, I wish IMDB had an API so badly!

          • MDF

            yeah i like the screenshot feature because i can make wallpapers lol

            tomatoe score is a nice idea
            if i will think anything else i will tell you

  • stylinred

    my cousins looking for a new phone.. he wants something simple (find symbian too complicated) he wants an IP4s (he’s a blackberry user btw)

    so i thought id sway him with WP7 *shudder* it worked though i showed him a quick overview and he’s already in love

    • MDF

      yeah show someone imdb and cocktail flow and it will be difficult for him to not want to buy a wp7 phone lol

  • Harangue

    This app is the only so far that has kept crashing and crashing on my Lumia. After installing I can only open it once and after ‘closing’ I can’t start it again, just get the splash screen and then I’m dumped back into the applist. Don’t know why or how, annoying as hell though since I do use IMDB quite a lot.

    • Jay Montano

      Odd. Has been very stable for me except the moment I click synopsis.

      I noticed after the 7740 update one of my apps that was fine before kept randomly turning off :S Not an issue as hardly ever use it.

    • Jesse

      It is the most unstable app for me as well, although I have never experienced that particular error, usually crashes when I do a search.. Same company that made the official Twitter client that is lagging behind all the 3rd party clients “IdentityMine” also made the IMDB client.

      They seem to never update their apps : (.

      • Jay Montano

        Oh these guys that made twitter for WP (official) also made the IMDb app?

        I hated the original twitter app. Used mobile twitter as a shortcut tile on my Omnia7 as it used to lock up. Don’t need original twitter now cos of the people hub thing. Still use the mobile twitter though as the browser is just too fast.

        Not had issue on my Lumia 800 except, as said, in synopsis.

        • Jesse

          yep, they have made a few apps for Windows Phone. They are a great company except when it comes to updating their apps haha.

          I just use builtin twitter as well but I know some people download clients for toast notifications! Official client is missing that still though too

  • MDF

    works fine on my phone never crashed

  • dss

    Its amazing how much attention this phone gets.. I really hope they are paying well for your time Jay

    • Jay Montano

      Who’s they and when are they paying me? I’d like to know coz I seem to be messing out on something you know.

      I’ve been reviewing apps on Nokia phones since forever. It’s only just coz it’s the lumia it is easy for me to find an app that I find interesting to share every day.

      I’m getting the sense that you’re another. Utter WP doubter. When I get a N9 and try something similar, will you cry the same accusations?