Crackle is available on Android tablets and for iOS and, on paper, sounds quite good. But beyond the headline claim of being able to offer Hollywood movies and full-length TV programmes is a very thin set of content. At its launch on Android (in conjunction with Sony and following a five million-downloads success on iOS) in mid-2011, Crackle boasted of more than 200 films and 1000 full-length TV programmes. There’s far less than this now. See also See also Samsung Galaxy S3 release date, specs and rumour round-up

We used Crackle on our Sony Tablet S running Android 3.2. Crackle crashed and left us with a splashscreen advertising the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris (we’d seen the trailer for this several times as it preloads whenever you try to watch a film, so were pleased to discover that most times you can click on the default sixth-of-the-screen viewing area ad it brings up a web page for Disneyland that you can close and your chosen programme then immediately starts – click the fullscreen option to the right). See all tablet reviews.

When we got programmes to play, the video quality was a disappointment, with blocky artefacts and jerky panning shots. Cartoons were a better bet, with Sin Creator Frank Miller’s Creatures Great and Small the best. Even here, the resolution was limited though. And many of the American sitcoms and Japanese anime offerings were rather young for our tastes. The Three Stooges plays well, and there’s a handful of behind the scenes making of programmes (DVD extras, we assume) but the rest of the offerings are simply clips with links to buy the full version from Amazon. Should you deicde Crackle is for you, it’s worth creating a free account so you can keep tracks on your viewing history and other personalised details. Visit Crackle - TV & Movies for Android review

Crackle – Movies & TV: Specs

  • Size: Varies depending on platform - on average, less than 5MB
  • Available for iOS tablets and smartphones, Sony Tablets and smarthphone, Android Tablets and Smarthphones
  • Size: Varies depending on platform - on average, less than 5MB
  • Available for iOS tablets and smartphones, Sony Tablets and smarthphone, Android Tablets and Smarthphones

OUR VERDICT

If you’ve a teenager to entertain, handing them the Crackle menu may divert them for a while at no expense to you; otherwise, move on. There’s little to see here.

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