One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is Spideo Instant Movie Discovery. This is a very clever movie discovery app with a fresh approach:
Spideo is a new way to discover instantly movies and TV shows matching your moods and wishes.
If you are tired of spending more time searching for movies and shows than watching them, Spideo is meant for you.
Although the app is mainly focused on movies, there are some good TV shows among its suggestions as well.
Spideo’s main section is Wishes – where you just tap on keywords to express your mood or what sort of movie you’re looking for. As you can see in the screenshots above, these go beyond just typical genres and are more descriptive – using words like twisty, sensual, spectacular, subtle and more. You can select more than one keyword to further hone the suggestions – for example, choosing twisty and historical, or spectacular and fantasy.
There’s also a Highlights section that showcases some movies and TV shows.
Spideo’s interface is elegant and easy to use. For each individual movie (or show) you tap on you get a preview / trailer page, a summary page with cast and plot details, and a page showing similar content to the movie you’ve selected. Here’s a look at these:
The app shwos you your history and lets you create a playlist of movies/shows you’re interested in and offers a Recommended for Me section based on your choices.
There’s also plenty of social elements to the app. It’s easy to share your favorites via Facebook and Twitter and to give items a quick rating (loved it, good time, nothing special, hated it etc). You can search for movies and shows and hit the Watch button to go out to iTunes to rent an item when you’ve made a choice.
I got hooked on Spideo very quickly. I enjoy its sleek UI a lot and I like the content it suggests. It seems like all high quality choices here, nicely curated. I can see this app getting some regular, heavy use on my iPads.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.