Friday, November 7, 2008
Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM
Product Category: Sports Scores Application
Where to Buy: iTunes App Store
System Requirements: iPhone or iPhone 3G with Firmware 2.0 or later
Version Reviewed: 1.2
- Wide variety of sports to choose from;
- Very detailed information.
- Interface can feel sluggish at times;
- No play-by-play function;
- No Canadian sports;
- Ads pop in from time to time.
If you're the type of person who needs to keep on top of their favorite teams and sports all the time, aside from seeking counselling, you may want to grab this app.
Scores On The Go
As any sports fan, enthusiast, or compulsive gambler can tell you, keeping on top of the latest scores is a must. It's always been possible by going to mobile sites for networks like ESPN or even MLB.com, but the experience is a pretty mediocre one. If you have an iPhone, it's even less impressive since most of the time, the lazy designers of these sites just shunt you over to the WAP version of the page. It's enough to make you crazy!
Apparently the folks that wrote this app had the same problem, because they thought of everything a good sports fan would want to know. To top it off, they made it work great over WiFi, EDGE, and 3G, so you truly can stay updated wherever you are.
A Clean Simple UI
Figure 1: Starting Sportacular for iPhone brings up the last sport you looked at, but with the current date's scores, and start times for games happening that day.
When running, you're presented with a list of games for the day in the sport you viewed the last time you ran the app. Games that haven't happened yet show the start time, and games currently in progress will be highlighted in blue. If the game is over, the winning team will be highlighted. In the upper right corner is a manual refresh button (to refresh the scores) and in the upper left corner is a sport selection screen (used to change sports or pick your "favorites").
I have noticed, at times, that Sportacular seems to get bogged down, but that could very well be an iPhone issue and not a Sportacular one. It's worthy of note, of course, that this isn't permanent and usually clears itself up relatively quickly.
Figure 2: The "favorites" screen, showing my favorite teams (the Devils, Jets, Mets, and Knicks).
One of the nicest touches about this app is that it keeps the teams you care about closer than just mingling them in with the rest of the league, and since favorites aren't segregated by sport, you don't have to comb through tons of scores just to see what's going on with your particular teams.