Total Score: 26.5
The ESPN ScoreCenter App or the ScoreCenter XL (for iPad) is a must have for every sports fan. It provides you with all the game information any fan needs. You have the option to follow almost every sport – it includes baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and water polo. You can follow both professional and NCAA teams. You can keep up-to-date on your favorite teams all the time.
Price Rating = 5 This app is free
Ease of Use Rating = 5 You set up your favorite teams in the beginning and the rest is easy.
Readability Rating = 4 Reasonable size font. Some of the selection buttons are small.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 I say a big thumbs up for this one.
Downsides Rating = -1 On the iPhone there are some small ads for ESPN at the bottom of the screen. They do take up valuable screen space, but since you get so much with this app, I don’t consider it an issue, but some people may. On the iPad, currently, no ads are appearing.
Consumer Review Rating = 3.5 With more than 177,000 ratings or the iPhone version, users give it an average rating of three and a half stars. Personally, I give it five stars. It does everything I need it to do. The iPad version has the same consumer rating and again, I am extremely pleased by this app.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 If you are a sports fan and want to keep connected then I believe you need this app.
How does it work?
- This is a simple app. When you sign on you select your favorite teams by selecting the settings icon. It is a small gear at the bottom left of the screen on the iPhone and at the top right on the iPad.
- On the settings screen you click on “Add a sport” and it will take you to the long list of sports to follow.
- Once you select a sport, it will ask you if you want to follow a particular team. It offers you an option of choosing a NCAA team or a professional team.
- After selecting a team, it will ask you if you would like alerts. You can set alerts for game start, each scoring play and additional alerts depending upon the sport. With football, you can get alerts after quarter, with basketball at half time. You can select push alerts so that you never miss the start of a game.
- A separate screen will be created for each sport. on the iPhone you move through the screens by swiping anywhere on the screen or by swiping the bar at the bottom. On the iPad you navigate by tapping the tabs at the top of the page.
- There is a page that offers you the latest news stories – The Lead – and there is a ticker at the bottom to give you the latest info. The ticker is similar to the one that runs at the bottom of the screen when you are watching ESPN channels.
- If you select a specific game, it will give you stats, players’ names, a scoring summary and a field approximation to let you know what is going on. For baseball, you can see if anyone is on base and for football, you can see the position on the field.
On the iPad, instead of “the Lead” page there is a “Today” page which offers news, analysis and video. You can also follow ESPN experts live on Twitter.
On your “My Teams” page it shows you the next game for each of your teams and when you click the team logo, provides you with news specific to your team.
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. App developed by ESPN, Inc.