Thu, 09 Apr 2009 iScores for iPhone review
Get live scores from around the globe - if you don’t mind the interface
- Manufacturer: Pollelo Limited
- Pros: For sports fans 237 leagues and 60 tournaments in 73 countries, calls football soccer.
- Cons: Poor navigation, display doesn't alert you to changes in scores with any eye-catching visual clues.
- Min specs: iPhone or iPod touch, iPhone 2.2 Software Update.
- Price: £1.79
- Star rating:
Polleo Limited’s iScores delivers what its name promises: scores. No stats, news, past results, or schedules here - it’s nothing but today’s scores, live from around the world, in seven sports (soccer (football to us), tennis, baseball, hockey, basketball, football, and Formula One racing).
Drawing data from scorespro.com, iScores keeps tabs on 237 leagues and 60 tournaments in 73 countries.
iScores’ strength lies in its search and bookmark functions. The search screen gives you a quick way to find games by typing in team names. Add the games you want to follow to the bookmarks screen. Choose a badge, a sound, or a vibration to let you know when a bookmarked score is updated.
But that’s where the weaknesses begin. iScores alerts you, but it gives you no eye-catching visual clues - like a bold or coloured font - to indicate which of your bookmarked scores just changed.
Another annoyance comes when you jump out of iScores to use another app. When you jump back in, you’re shown the app’s home screen. It’s up to you to navigate back to the bookmarks screen.
iScores is compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch running the iPhone 2.2 software update.
[Tony Craine is a freelance writer, playwright, and voice actor in Chicago.]