You know it. I know it. The stock YouTube app that comes with your iOS device is simply an abomination. Yes, it’s that terrible.
So anything that can improve over the stock app is generally received with a warm response. For that matter, even YouTube’s web app is leaps and bounds over the stock YouTube app.
ProTube is the latest YouTube alternative to make its way to Cydia, and it attempts to pick up where the YouTube web app left off. Does it succeed? Check inside for my full breakdown…
As soon as you open ProTube, one thing is immediately apparent. This is not a built-from scratch app by any means. This is simply a wrapper on top of YouTube’s web app.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, why re-create the wheel when you already have one? Just don’t go into it expecting something fancy or new, or else you’ll come away disappointed.
The primary function of ProTube is providing downloading capabilities for both video and audio. Sadly, my experience with both was a bit half-baked.
Downloads worked most of the time, but I experienced an odd issue that saw ProTube downloading the same video over and over, even when it appeared to be downloading a brand new video of my choosing.
Along with that, the audio conversion and downloads timed out on me every time. Either I received an error message, or it stuck on “converting” forever. Bear in mind that these were 1-2 minutes videos that I was attempting to download at most.
One thing that I do particularly like about ProTube is how easy it is to share, export, or rename videos once you have them downloaded. It even allows you to watch your videos mid-download.
ProTube promises to block ads, but ads have never been much an intrusion for me, especially on YouTube’s mobile site, so I don’t have much to say about that one.
Overall, the app has promise. It’s built open YouTube’s competent web app, so it has the foundation to succeed. If some of the bugs can be worked out with downloading and a few more compelling features are added, then ProTube may be able to compete with some of Cydia’s best like MxTube and others. Until then, I’d hold off until a few more revisions are made.
Have you used ProTube? If so, what did you think?