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Review: Fandango for BlackBerry

Fandango
By Ryan Blundell on 13 Jul 2010 03:38 pm EDT
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I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure how I’ll survive if this Summer gets any hotter. The AC in our place may force me to become a recluse. Of course I may be able to withstand brief periods of heat, when I dash to the car, then dart into work, the mall, even a movie theatre; anyplace with air conditioning! Actually, I wouldn’t mind catching a flick right now; I’ll trade sweating buckets for a bucket of popcorn. I wonder what’s playing? One option would be to hit up a site like Fandango to check out trailers, promotions and show times. But what if you’re already on the road? It’s time to load up the Fandango BlackBerry application. Just make sure you’re not driving, you know, being mostly illegal and all these days.

The Fandango application provides you with “movies at your fingertips”, but shouldn’t it be thumbs in this case? Whatever digits you are using, you will be able to look up theatre locations, read theatre details, browse through movies and even purchase tickets; all without taking a single step out of your air conditioned car. If you’re lucky, you get to the theatre early enough to avoid sitting in the front row.

About Fandango

The Fandango application is available for BlackBerrys that are running OS 4.5 or higher. The compatible devices are listed as being the Curve (8900, 83xx), Tour 9630, 88xx Storm 95xx and Bold (9000, 9700). The current version of Fandango is 1.0.12 and has a file size of 771.9KB. Fandango works well on BlackBerrys with or without GPS. When you first open up the application, you are presented with two choices; enter your location or find your location. If you choose the first option, Fandango will allow you to search by zip code or postal code. You won’t have to do this every time, but you do have the option to edit your location if you are looking for theatres in another area.

main menu
the main menu

The main screen is where you can browse through movies. Two menus are available; In theatres and Coming Soon. Under “In Theatres” tab are three sub menus. The first shows what is opening this week, the second shows the top box office movies and the third shows what is playing near your location. Fandango offers detailed information on each film listed. At a glance, you can see the film rating, run time, movie poster thumbnail, release date and fan rating. Under Top Box Office, you can also see what appears to be the weekend gross revenue.

Further details are presented to you when you click on a film entry. For movie details, the application lists the plot/synopsis, director, main cast and genre. On top of this, Fandango displays the theatres, showtimes, location and phone number (well…not always). For example, the phone number for Famous Players Colossus in Langley BC is 604-513-8747. Fandango provides me with a phone number for Famous Players Inc in Toronto Ont. At least the address is correct. Regardless, the Fandango app allows you to call the theatre with a single click. To help you map it, the application makes use of BlackBerry Maps (doesn’t appear to have any Google Maps support). To search through theatres much more quickly, you can set up favourites. Movie trailers are also available to view quickly and clearly, no need to download.

Fandango Movie Details
Check out the main cast, trailers and more
Fandango Theatre Details
get directions, see showtimes and call to make sure the popcorn is fresh

If you’re lucky, one of the theatres near you may have mobile ticketing available (I’m not so lucky). Over 16 000 theatres are set up for mobile ticketing so far. To purchase, you simply have to click on your desired showtime. The app will then ask the type and quantity of tickets. Payment can be made with your credit card or through your Fandango account. You are one step closer to your tub of extra buttery popcorn.

I did find the Fandango application to be a little power hungry; I would lose 2 bars of battery within 20 minutes. This is far more draining than if I were to use Poynt. Fandango interface offers smooth navigation and snappy response to commands.

Conclusion

Fandango offers a nearly solid performance for movie goers. It needs tweaking as far as phone number retrieval and Google Maps support are concerned, but I was impressed overall. Personally, I will stick with Poynt, as it offers similar services on top of other ones (Yellow Pages, Restaurant lookup, Weather, etc). If you want to check out the Fandango application, head over to http://www.fandango.com/blackberryapp

Pros

  • Look up movies and theatres via GPS
  • Clear full screen trailers
  • Purchase tickets from within the app

Cons

  • Battery life drains
  • Wrong phone number generated at times
  • No Google Map support

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Review: Fandango for BlackBerry

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Not sure if it's me or not, but I can't get trailers to actually play on my 9550, which is a shame, because the trailers on Flixster are pretty low quality.

...and it works as advertised. I have had no problems at all and have purchased many tickets through this app as well as checking out trailers of the new stuff.

Not really a big fandango fan up until now. I am still not a huge fandango fan but it is a useful app for the moviegoer. Being able to buy the tickets and watch the trailer on the phone is quite nice...I just don't go to the theaters enough to care.

Very nice app that works as it should. It stopped playing trailers on my 9700 recently, probably because of all the OS changes, I have to figure it out. Everything else works well, I recommend it.

Just curious if Crackberry.com complies with the 2009 rules promulgated by the FTC mandating that bloggers divulge whether or not they're being paid for their opinions and endorsements of products or services.

Since Crackberry.com uses servers in Salt Lake City and is registered with ICANN in Florida, the site falls under the jurisdiction of the FTC.

More information can be found in this document:

www.ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf

The details are indeed listed at the footer of every page and blog post. You can view it via the T&C page - http://crackberry.com/terms-and-conditions

As posted therein:

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Fully compliant.....

http://crackberry.com/terms-and-conditions

I spoke directly with Kevin!

EDIT: What the irony is is that MOST of what the companies give CrackBerry, gets given back to the CB community, a MASSIVE ammount of apps, but most of the actual booty too gets given out. Cases, Bluetooth headsets, even devices and what do the bloggers do after they give their review??? CONTEST TIME, lets give them to the members!

EDIT2: And not ALL of the stuff that gets reviewed is a gift either, often it IS just a loaner for a review, and it goes RIGHT back to the company, but my point is when it IS a gift from the company, the bloggers give it away in a contest 99% of the time!

Looks like the other guys got to this, but yup. Just scroll to the very bottom of this page and every page on CrackBerry and the CrackBerry forums and you'll see this statement and link back to our full statement...

 

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I just downloaded this app a couple weeks ago. It's way faster than going through the web. Considering it supports BB Maps I see no reason for it to suppor Google Maps, though I guess I don't see why it wouldn't either.

I like this app. It's easy to navigate and super quick over WiFi.

I wonder if the battery drain had to do with his GPS being on because I don't personally experience this.

I got this to install on my Sprint 9650 but it took a roundabout way to get to it. When I went to the link that Fandango gives to load the app, it says it is not compatible with the 9650, and gives an option to go to the mobile website. When I click okay and it takes me there, the link at the top says click to download Blackberry app. What the heck, I try it, and it then downloads the 9650 version. Go figure. But at least it works.