Review Plex for Android
Great app that lets you stream video content and more!
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 21 May 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Needs money to be worthwhile
Plex for Android is an innovative streaming service that lets you view your content on a variety of different devices that you may have around the house.
Getting Plex to work should be a relatively simple process, if not without some mishaps. First, you get the app on your phone and create an account, and then you log into your computer and go to the Plex website. Once you do this, you have to download a media server onto your computer. From here you should be able to use Plex.
What caught my eye initially about Plex is that I would be able to watch any content I had on my computer from my phone, or my Chromebook, or through my TV with a Chromecast. In order to do this, you must pay for Plex by purchasing the 4.99 app, or by just getting the free app where you can make an additional purchase called the Plex pass.
With the Plex pass you are able to stream the same content you can with the paid version. With the free version, you can watch YouTube videos, or email yourself some videos on the internet to then watch on different devices. I guess this would be convenient for someone who wanted to watch YouTube on some smart TV with the Plex app but I think a lot of people are looking to use Plex for the main service and they don't care about these minor additions. If you fall into this category, consider paying for the app. In that way I feel like Plex advertises its services a little vaguely, although there are a variety of different options for different users.
In terms of how Plex actually works, it can be a little tricky. When I was trying to get my Plex account on my computer to sync with my account on my phone, I had to restart my computer in order to get it to show up. The idea of Plex itself is also seems very powerful, because they made it available in a variety of different platforms including the Google Play Store, Xbox, Smart TVs, and mobile devices. I also had some issues with syncing one of my TV shows. Most of my other content was easily made available on Plex, but one show could not upload no matter how much I fiddled with it (perhaps due to file format).
Plex is a great app for the multi-media aficionado. The true deal is the 4.99 package as the free Plex pass version mostly requires a 4.99 subscription anyways (although the Plex pass does come with some additional benefits like being able to stream offline content). While the interface and app works well for the most part, I think that the interface on the website is so minimalist and focused on looking so good, it might take you awhile to figure out how to get your playlists and shows the way you like it.