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So much has changed over the course of the last decade or so when it comes to how, where, and when we are able to watch our favorite movies and TV shows. In just 15 or 20 short years, the whole game has changed. We no longer, for example, have to wait around for weeks at a time to see a new episode of our favorite shows. We no longer need to go to the cinema every time that a new movie comes out. We are no longer under the thumb of big cable news networks and film studios when it comes to how or when we consume media.

Nowadays, the viewer is more in control than ever. Thanks to the rise of streaming sites and apps, we now watch whatever we want, whenever, wherever, and however we want to. This is the golden age of the viewer.

I, of course, can only speak for myself, but I hardly doubt that I am alone in rejoicing at this fact. Who wants to have to wait around for every new episode of their favorite show to be broadcast? I mean, okay, sure, this is still the case for some shows that are on certain networks that refuse to let go of the ghost of traditional cable. But at least if I ever do have to wait for a new episode to come out, there is a nearly infinite well of other incredible shows and movies to choose from that can tide me over while I wait.

The viewer is put in more of a power position when it comes to consuming media, though, is not the only way that things have changed drastically over the last ten years or so. It’s not only that we can watch what we want to watch when we want to watch it. It’s also that we can now watch what we want to watch where we want to watch it. Maybe, like me, you’re old enough to remember the days when we were sort of limited to having a physical copy of a movie. We had no choice but to park ourselves in front of the TV and pop in a DVD or VHS. That was sort of the only option there was (excluding, later, portable DVD players, but those were trash). These days, though, thanks to all of the great premium streaming apps available to us, we can take our movies and shows to go.

With nothing more than the tap of a screen, voila, the actual television becomes irrelevant. Your mobile device becomes your portable TV, with no DVD or VHS necessary. Take that unbearably long subway commute and make it a thrilling adventure with your favorite streaming movies and shows. Planning a lengthy trip? Not a problem at all … you can use that 15-hour plane ride as a chance to finally catch up on that series you fell behind on or get around to watching that movie that all your friends have been raving about for months.

Even though I, personally, do not prefer to watch movies and shows on my phone screen (it’s usually cracked anyway), I can see the appeal. Plus, there are a few cases where being able to stream a movie or TV episode on my phone is invaluable. One of those times, for me, is while working out. Nothing helps me to forget the dread and burn of exercise quite like slipping into a binge-worthy show or losing myself in a captivating movie. I do a lot of my streaming, actually, from my favorite premium streaming apps while running on the treadmill. Maybe you like to throw on a show on your phone when work gets too unbearably boring. Whatever your preference, you can’t argue with the fact that premium streaming apps have made it more convenient than ever to enjoy hours of awesome movies and TV shows.

Which premium streaming app, though, is going to be the perfect on-the-go companion for you? Well, I think that the best place to start is first to figure out which premium streaming app has the most content that you know you will enjoy. The performance of the app itself, of course, is important – but that’s kind of a given. It’s to be expected that a premium streaming app should be well-designed, streamlined, easy to use, and intuitive. Right? Firstly, I think you have to gauge which premium streaming service is right for you and then judge the apps from there.

Maybe you are a huge fan of Netflix’s original content. If so, the Netflix app is probably the way to go. Perhaps you find that you like what Hulu has to offer more. Then, well, I think that you get the picture. Don’t forget that each of these apps is going to require you to subscribe before you can truly use them. So, choosing the right one based on its content is the safest way to begin this decision-making process.

That being said, with some of these streaming services, the type of content is virtually limitless. This is certainly the case with Amazon Prime Video. I mean, sure, not every movie and TV show will be available with your Amazon Prime Video membership … but the great thing about Prime Video is the fact that, if a show or movie is not included with the streaming service itself, you can still buy or rent most titles. So, if there is something that you want to see badly enough, it’s not like you will be limited.

But how is the Amazon Prime Video app itself? Well, let’s delve in and take a look, shall we?

Design

Honestly, I very strongly prefer the Amazon Prime Video app over the Amazon Prime Video desktop site. I have always hated the way that the streaming service is simply built in to the Amazon website, meaning that you find titles by searching in the main search bar like you would if you were looking for new socks or something. It always bothered me that there was not a specific page dedicated to the video streaming service on the Amazon website.

The Amazon Prime Video app, however, solves that issue elegantly. This is what I always expected Prime Video to look like. The app is very sleekly designed, easy to use, intuitive, and logical. Browsing titles is as easy as it should be, finally. In fact, the Prime Video app might be the best-designed streaming app currently on the market. Simply swipe through genres and categories, such as Originals, TV, Movies, Kids, etc., and scroll through each page with ease. It doesn’t get any simpler than this.

I seem to be far from alone in this opinion, too. The Prime Video app is one of the highest-rated premium streaming apps on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. On Apple, the app has an average rating of 4.8 stars (out of 5) from 1.7 million individual reviews. On Google Play (where users tend to be a little more critical), the app still has a 4.4, this time from 1.45 million reviewers. People seem to love this app, and for a good reason – it is beautifully designed.

Content

As I have already touched upon, Amazon Prime has an enormous library of titles to choose from – whether they are included in Prime or are available to rent or buy. No matter what, though, users can download their content from the app and view it even when offline.

In addition to that, the app allows for easy projection to TVs and other devices. It is compatible with Chromecast and tvOS, which means that, if you prefer, you can use the interface of the Prime Video app and sync it with your TV at any time. Another feature of Amazon Prime Video that I love is X-Ray, which allows you to get a glimpse at behind the scenes info without missing a beat on the show or movie in question. With each scene, select X-ray to see the actors and plenty of other info pertaining to how it came to be.

Devices

As I just said, the Prime Video app is compatible with tvOS, as well as Chromecast. It is obviously able to be used on iOS and Android devices too. And, of course, there are Roku, Firestick, and other smart TV apps for Amazon Prime Video as well. So long as your hardware is relatively up to date, you’ll be able to enjoy Amazon Prime Video no matter where you are.

Likes & Hates:
Tons of titles to stream, rent, or buy
Download movies and shows to watch offline
Great design
Compatible with almost every device
Amazon Prime can be pricey and sneaky with charges, so, be careful