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Follow NCAA March Madness w/ ESPN Bracket Bound 2011

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 in Sports, Top Rated Apps | comment

ESPN Bracket Bound 2011 gets you in on the excitement of this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 1.89MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free



First, the most important feature of this app is the ability to research and fill out your NCAA tournament bracket. Every year ESPN offers their Tournament Challenge where you can compete with friends, family, etc. in large groups to see who can best predict tournament results. Now you can manage up to 10 different brackets all from within this single app.

Making your bracket selections with this app has been made very simple. All you have to do is tap on the teams that you believe will win each match-up, until you finally select your national champion. In the case of a tie, the national championship final score will be used as a tie breaker. The mini-bracket graphic in the top right is useful for navigating your bracket, as are the left/right arrows.

If you haven’t been following the college basketball season as closely as some of your group members, check out the research, news, and video categories to get the latest analysis, expert predictions, and commentary.

Pros:

  • Research and fill-out your NCAAB bracket(s)
  • Track your performance in private and public groups of friends, family, and other college basketball fans
  • Follow the leaderboard of top entries across all users



Areas for improvement:

  • Improve stability issues (force closes) which are especially frustrating when submitting a bracket



Conclusion: An exciting app for following the NCAA tournament and proving your bracket-selection expertise.

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Follow College Football w/ ESPN Bowl Bound

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 in Sports, Top Rated Apps | comment

ESPN Bowl Bound lets you follow this seasons’ college football bowl previews, scores, and analysis.

  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 1.03MB
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free



First and foremost, this Android app provides detailed scores and schedules of upcoming games. To get a full preview or recap, click on the specific game. Even though this links to content from the mobile site, the transition and integration is flawless (the content is still accessed from within the app). Furthermore, you can narrow your search to a certain conference or even Div. I-AA.

Another useful feature of this app is “Bowl Central” which gives you an overall outlook, detailed history, and user comments on each and every bowl.

If you’re into ESPN’s College Bowl Mania, you’ll be pleased to know this app now supports the challenge so you can access it on the go.

Pros:

  • College football bowl schedules and scores
  • Renowned news and analysis from ESPN, including highlight videos
  • Well designed with a solid interface



Areas for improvement:

  • Ability to set notifications for specific bowl games would be useful



Conclusion: An essential Android app for everyone following the college football bowl season.

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Top Android App: Ski & Snow Report

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 in Sports, Top Rated Apps | comment

Ski & Snow Report gives you quick access to resort slope conditions in an easy-to-use Android app.

  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 246KB
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free



Ski & Snow Report offers updated information about ski resorts in your relative vicinity. For each resort, you can check up on the current base snow depth and how much will fall in the next 24 hours. Use the menu button on your Android phone to set your “My Areas” for certain resorts you care about most.

By clicking on a single resort, you can access additional information like how many of the lifts and trails are currently open. There are also weather forecasts for the next 3 days as well as webcam images. A valuable resource is the section of first hand ski reports. With these, you can read (and post) what is being said about the resort from other Android users who are actually there.

Pros:

  • Informational ski reports and first hand comments
  • Large list of the best ski resorts
  • 3-day forecasts and webcam images



Areas for improvement:

  • Display real-time current conditions, temp, winds, etc.
  • Precise location detection and smaller ski resort support



Conclusion: An essential Android app for the ski & snowboard enthusiast.

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Touchdown! ESPN Fantasy Football 2010

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 in Sports, Top Rated Apps | comment

Play fantasy football anywhere you are with the ESPN Fantasy Football 2010 app.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 0.89MB
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: $4.99



Once you login to your ESPN account, you can view all of your fantasy football teams. It’s easy to manage your rosters, make lineup adjustments (real handy for last-minute changes because of injury updates), propose/accept trades, and get live scoring updates. This app is quite functional and gives you access to team details, league standings, available players, schedule, message board, and league settings.

The most valuable function of this app is the ability to manage rosters on the go. Click the “M” next to a player and get the option to select a new slot to fill. If you’re wondering about the latest news/stats/injury reports on a specific player, click their name to bring up their player card. This app will surely come in handy when you have that “oh no!” moment when you realize you’ve left players actively on your roster during their bye week.

Personally, I haven’t experienced many of the problems (e.g. force close, connection issues) that other users have encountered. Additionally, even though a lot of this information is available on ESPN’s mobile site, the app is organized in a way that is much more functional than the mobile site. Hopefully as the features are added and updated, the price of this app will be justified for more people.

Pros:

  • Manage your fantasy rosters on the go
  • Well organized and highly functional
  • Instant access to fantasy news/stats/ESPN articles



Areas for improvement:

  • Support for Live Drafts
  • Expand filter/sorting of free agent players
  • Push notifications for scoring, player info, etc.
  • Widget!



Conclusion: If you can live with the price tag, this app is a must-have for fantasy football addicts.

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Top Android App: ESPN ScoreCenter

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 in Sports, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

ESPN is the hands-down leader in all sports coverage. So finally, finally, ESPN ScoreCenter has arrived as an official app. (Note: This app is Android 2.0+ only)

  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Size: 598KB
  • Category: Sports
  • Price: Free



With this speedy app, you definitely won’t have an excuse to miss any goal, touchdown, or home run. Being an ESPN product, you’ll have the widest sports coverage that is available on Android.

Sports covered:

  • Auto Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo



When you first download ScoreCenter, you’ll want to go into the preferences (from the Menu or the red arrow tray box just above the ticker) and choose your favorite teams. Next, choose the sports and leagues that you are interested in following. These crucial customizations really give this app a personalized feel that will show you only the information you care about. Your choices will be added as new panels, along with the day’s Top Events.

The ESPN ticker scrolling across the bottom of the app really tops off the app and validates the official ESPN feel. It’s almost like you’re watching a mini TV.

If you’re looking to follow the play-by-play or read up on the recap and final stats, clicking the game in the scorecard will take you to the Mobile Web version of ESPN. Since this app is only available for 2.0+ devices, this should be a fairly quick transition.

Pros:

  • Product of ESPN, enough said
  • Scores and information customizable to your needs
  • User-interface is very clean and easily navigable
  • Ticker scrolls the bottom of the app!



Areas for improvement:

  • Move away from dependence on ESPN Mobile Web



Conclusion: Surpasses SportsTap as the best sports coverage app for Android. If you’re  a sports fan in the least, this is a guaranteed download.

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