Movies come to the iPhone via Netflix

Another perk of the new app is the ability to easily searching through the Netflix library — which keeps getting bigger and better with each new corporate partnership. You can search by genre, recommendations or title, which is nice since some other NetFlix apps (like the ones on the PS3 and the Wii) don't have that ability, and it's much easier to type in "Doctor Who" than to browse for it for 10 minutes.

The app ran a bit slow on my IPhone 3G, but it wasn't too annoying. The main thing that was slow was the cover art for the titles. The one disadvantage to this app (besides the fact that you're watching a movie on a tiny screen) was the fact it drained the battery pretty quickly. The app drained a little under half my battery after only an hour of viewing, which means you should be able to get a full movie in, but you won't have much battery left for talking and texting afterward.

Overall, the Netflix app is a great addition the iPhone, and something all movie geeks should have. There is something comforting in knowing that at any point, if you don't want to hear what the person talking to you is saying, you can pull out your iPhone and Firefly or Doctor Who is simply a click away.

has finally released an "official" app for the iPhone, months after a version of the service was available for those who jailbreak their phones. (Something Apple seriously frowns upon, by the way.)  The official app has something the others don't, however: Free streaming of Netflix's library of movies right to your phone. Cool, eh? Sure, the iPad has done it for a month or so, but now it's on your phone!

The first thing I did was go to my instant queue and load Firefly, which played nearly instantly. There was no lag in video performance in 3G and it played straight through. The WiFi was even quicker, and provided almost no lag in browsing. The picture and sound are very good and surprisingly crisp.


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