Originally Posted by michaeltscott
Huh? The PS3 Amazon apps is a thing of great beauty. It's one of the finest UI designs I have ever experienced. Visually gorgeous and beautifully laid out, it makes all other Amazon players look like crap by comparison. If my ancient launch-model 60GB PS3 wasn't a noisy power hog, I'd be using it. (The Roku 2 XS, which I do use for Amazon, is completely silent in operation and draws literally 1% as much power).Amazon
does not support a queue, which is something which has been requested of them for years--it's not the app's fault. Something that it does do which mitigates that to a certain degree is keep a list of recently watched titles. If you find something you're interested in just start it running for a few seconds and it will put it on that list. It's a bit of a PITA, but its better than nothing (and all other Amazon players have nothing).
I've only used the PS3 app, so I can't compare it to other boxes, but I'll take your word for it. But, that still doesn't make it a great app. I'm judging it based on Netflix's app, which I think is wonderfully designed, no matter which box I've played it on (which is the Xbox, PS3, and Wii).
Things I like about the Netflix app that isn't on the Amazon app:
1. Many categories to browse
2. Recently Watched tab/category
3. Merging of all TV seasons into one link
4. The aforementioned queue.
I know that's a short list, but it makes all the difference in the world. This makes it very kid friendly, and that's what's important to me, as my kids are the main people in my home that use it. You may not think the queue is the fault of the app, since you say Amazon doesn't offer it in general, but I don't think of it that way. Amazon can put in a queue whether or not they it's on their website. It wouldn't be hard.
One other big negative is them mixing up their Prime material along with their pay material. When testing the app out I browsed to a season of one of the kid's shows that showed it being on Prime, but when I went to a later season, I had to pay for it. Now I didn't click through on the material, but if I did, would it automatically purchase it, or would it ask for a password? If it would purchase it, this would be disastrous, since my kids would be clicking on many episodes to watch.
If they can work out these issues I would be more than happy to switch over.