Handmark decided to flip pricing models on this one. Their TV Guide application is now free and supported by advertisements in the application. Personally I think that is how it should have been for the get go. The information and options in the application are great but it has one fundamental flaw. It is slow as all hell. The process involves. Start the application, wait for download, click, wait for download, scroll, wait for download, select… you get the idea. Just to see the current listing can take over a minute.
I will describe some of the pictures below so you can get an idea of the capabilities of the application. As I said the functionality is there but the speed is horrendous. Handmark needs to work on optimizing the data flow. If Handmark fixed the speed/data issues they would have a solid 9 rating for this application. Thanks to Josep for pointing out the post on Geek.com about the free version release.
Forgive me, this post started as a news article and after I got down to writing it I decided to make it into a review.
You will need to fill out a bit of a registration form when you start the application for the first time. You have to give them your name, phone number, birth date, zip code, and your cable / satellite / broadcast carrier in your neighborhood.
First the application has the most annoying loading screen I have seen to date. You have to stare at this picture for upwards of 20 seconds while it tries to give you a seizure. The little gray boxes just flicker on and off constantly. After that you get a pretty straight forward menu.
You click on listings and wait again for it to load. Get used to it. There are a bunch of sub-categories that you can filter by. As I said the content is great but speed… Also notice the bottom ad. You can say thank you to Dish Networks for the application.
If you click on a show you get the following description and two options. The application can remind you to watch the show or you can forward the show to a friend. You can also add the channel to your favorites list.
There is a good set of configuration options such as setting reminder lengths and favorite channels.
You can also read news and see what is hot on tv that day.
- Great information
- Lots of customization options
- Cool interface
- Lots of data usage
- Slow application
Conclusion: All in all a well rounded application but the data usage would do some serious damage on a limited data plan. The application has a ton of potential but needs some work on the execution.