DOTORI PLAYER in Review – Popcorn not included…

I know many of you were left with a VLC shaped hole in your iOS souls when the original developers of the open source media player filed a complaint to Apple and had it removed. And all that for a technical inconsistency with the GPL license! Still, life moves on and other developers have moved in to grab at the now empty spot. Some time ago I reviewed AVPlayer (TMA Review) – quite a strong contender for the crown of universal multimedia players on the iPhone. Most recently I had the opportunity to take a nab at DOTORI PLAYER, a similar all-in-one media player app from a Korean developer.

The purpose of Dotori won’t surprise you in any way – playing multimedia files is where it’s at. But in addition to that, it has a few bells and whistles of it’s own that might sway you to consider it above the competition.

The core functionality in Dotori works very well. On an iPhone 4 I could play standard definition movies encoded in AVI and XVID with no troubles, though when it came to MKV the app stuttered a few times. A unique feature I have only seen in Dotori is the ability to access your iPod (synced from iTunes) and Photo gallery videos (as well as ones uploaded) via iTunes file sharing or the Wi-Fi disk mode.

In addition to the core stuff, Dotori has some interesting side features as well. For one thing – it can stream stuff over the internet if you feed it an mms, m3u or m3u8 link. Confusingly, this option is located in a tab titled Favorites and I only managed to discover it by watching the tutorial. Lastly, you can use Dotori as a more general Wi-Fi disk as well; in addition to the multimedia files it can handle, you can view all the formats natively supported by iOS (doc, xls, etc) from within the app.

Probably my biggest gripe with Dotori is the interface. With all the features the app boasts, it’s a crying shame that this particular aspect needs a serious overhaul. Instead of grouping all the available videos on one tab, with possibly a few sections to help distinguish the source, you’ll have to jump all over the place to find them. Some elements were simply lost in translation, like naming the streaming section “Favorites”. At least the developers added gesture controls to the player window to make it somewhat easier to use.

Dotori is definitely an application worth considering if you’re looking for a decent multimedia app. Despite the frustrating interface, which can quite easily be addressed in an update or two, it provides all the core functionality one would look for in a media player, plus more. Support for streaming over the net is a welcome addition and the fact that it’s a universal app is a smack in the face for the competition. And with the lack of VLC as the definitive (and absolutely free) solution, I would say Dotori is more than a worthy competitor to any other video player out there.

With this I declare DOTORI PLAYER officially touched!

Tap It Rating - 3/5

App Summary
Title: DOTORI PLAYERDeveloper: JUNG DISK
Reviewed Ver:1.3Min OS Req:4.0
Price:$4.99App Size:18.07MB
  • Solid playback of avi, wmv and other files
  • Playback of iPod and Photo videos
  • Support for streaming of mms, m3u and m3u8
  • Universal app
  • Frustrating interface
  • Confusing translations
  • Hiccups playing standard definition mkv files

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