First things first, £4.99 isn't cheap for an app. So if you're going to pay that much, then you want quality in return, and before you get your hopes up, you should know that this app definitely doesn't deliver on the that front. Don't get me wrong, Jamie's meals are delicious, tasty, and do indeed take 20 minutes to prepare, however the app has more than a couple of glitches when you try to use it on a tablet device and it's definitely not 'pucker'.
Let's start with the positives. £4.99 gets you a wide range of 60 recipes; each recipe comes with a comprehensive guide about what ingredients and utensils you need to prepare the meals. Jamie and his merry team of developers split each recipe down in to bite size chunks and from a user's point of view, following the instructions is a couldn't be easier.
They've done well with the look and feel of the user interface too, as it's easy to digest and stylish at the same time. The app comes with five handy tabs at the top of the page which lets you navigate yourself round the app and jump from section to section with ease.
Each recipe is broken down into relevant meal types and the app provides picture guides and video tutorials to help you along your way. Jamie's shopping list is a very clever addition indeed, as with this feature you can add ingredients from one or more of the recipes straight to the shopping list - the shopping list will then tell you which aisle of the supermarket you need to be in to find the ingredients too. Very handy!
However, the fact that his meals are tasty and his baby steps are easy to follow does not do enough to paper over the (massive) cracks that the app has. To put it bluntly, the app just doesn't work. I downloaded and used the app for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and within about 30 seconds of use, the app had already crashed. The crash is a reoccurring problem that happens when you try and turn your device to the horizontal view to look at the recipe's pictures.
Another fault that the app has, is that videos in the app have to be pulled in from the Internet and take a lifetime to download. The app doesn't offer a video streaming to ease the pain of waiting for the video to download either and to top it all off, playback of the video is a non-starter.
Finally, and albiet this is a small problem, when you click on the Shopping List tab there is a unsightly line that goes right through the items. Not a deal breaker, but it's just another in a long line of faults with the app.
To sum up this app, it's fair to say it's a bit of a waste of money and more importantly it's a waste of valuable storage space on your tablet too. The app takes up over 100MB and the only thing that works properly and smoothly is what appears to be a simple PDF of step by step instructions on how to cook Jamie's 20 minute meals. If you've got a tablet and you're thinking about downloading this app, I'd suggest holding off and waiting for the bugs (and there's a lot of them) to be fixed, alternatively just get some other recipes and video tutorials from his website for free.