Review: Nokia PlayTo for Windows Phone 8

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It’s been a long time since the launch of Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 device and there are still some some apps missing which were available (and very popular) on Windows Phone 7. I asked Nokia Germany when Viber with HD calling and Nokia PlayTo will be available and unfortunately  no date was available for Viber, but as you may have read already Nokia PlayTo was published only a few days ago.

I have taken  a close look at it and, although it is a beta, can say that PlayTo is a really nice app, like it already was on WP7. See the full review after the break.

Nokia PlayTo is a client for streaming pictures, videos and music to your DLNA certified device like a TV or a home system. And as you may already have imagined this work really well. The app opens really fast (it has finished loading everything after about a second) and the UI is clean and smooth. The start screen has two segments, one which contains the menus for the media (music, pictures and videos) and the connection, the other one contains all recently used files.

You can choose if you want to stream pictures, music or videos. Unfortunately I was not able to test the video streaming because my TV does not support it, but music and pictures work perfectly. There were no lags or crashes when viewing pictures or listening to music on my Sony TV and all this even worked in the background. Yes, you read right! You can press the Windows button without needing to worry about the connection, the app does fully support multitasking. Even the music stream continued when I minimized the app. This is a very cool feature, particularly  because Windows Phone does not support this natively. I don’t know about  the video stream, but I assume this does also work in the background. However, you cannot deactivate this feature in the settings as the app is not listed in the background task menu.

Nokia PlayTo is of course totally free and can be found here (for Nokia Lumia only).

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