Eurosport for iPhone review
For those with long memories Eurosport has been on air, in one form or another, for 20 years. Offering a mix of football, tennis, golf, motorsport, cycling, snooker and in the past such delights as tractor pulling and log cutting, it’s now introduced a rather useful iPhone application.
Covering a wide range of sports, news is mixed, when possible, with live scores and text updates – refreshed every minute or two. If you’re nowhere near a TV or radio during a game this is the next best thing. Not all live games have text commentary, which is a pity, but the live option does at least show who's playing and the latest scores.
By default the Eurosport application offers shortcuts to football, tennis and cricket at the bottom of your screen, but these can be customised to give easy access to your favourite sports. You can also set your location and integrate updates into Facebook. Sports covered include the aforementioned football, tennis and cricket plus Formula 1, WTCC, IRC, Moto GP, Rugby Union, snooker, cycling and athletics.
Rugby League, golf, boxing, UFC and various US sports are currently missing from the line-up, but the sports that are featured are covered in depth. Football coverage is pan-European and on a Sunday afternoon, for instance, this included live scores from England, Germany, Sweden, Romania, France and Holland. Internationals, Champions League and Europa League match coverage is also promised. Under the 'Live' option sporting events in blue show what's ahead for the rest of the day.
Listening to live radio commentary of Spurs v Liverpool, the Eurosport iPhone lagged a little, waiting around 90 seconds to refresh and reveal the first goal, but this was inline with several online football resources. Live text of Andy Murray v Juan Martin del Potro, in the final of the Montreal Masters, was actually ahead of competing BBC online coverage. Eurosport reports, meanwhile, proved detailed and informed across a range of sports and we found plenty of information to hand – enough to want to return to the application regularly.
Eurosport for iPhone and iPod touch is another very good sports application that’s lacking coverage of a few additional choice sports to award it full marks. That said, a wealth of information, news, stats and results – wrapped up in an attractive, user-friendly interface – makes this a worthwhile download for sports fans.