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App Review – Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre

Developer: BSkyB

Category: Sports

Price: Free
If you’re not in the pub watching a dodgy, live foreign feed or cheering on your team in person, then the usual ritual for football fans at the weekend is to settle in front of the television for Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday. For up to six hours, Jeff Stelling and his team of pundits watch little televisions and fill you in on the action while visiting various stadia for the latest updates on the scene. It’s the perfect excuse to avoid being dragged around the shops but now that Sky Sports has brought football to the iPhone, you’d better get your coat. The Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre app allows you to tap into live scores, commentary, stats and photographs. You can view player profiles, team line-ups and formations and view the league tables. And Stelling’s mug appears at the top of every page just to give you that watching at home” feel. Thankfully Sky, despite its penchant for making cash, is giving the app away for free which means you can, to some extent, forgive it some problems, such as being unable to save your favourite teams. As it is you have to search the fixtures in order to add your team’s games. The plus point of doing this is that you can customise the scores you want to follow on a matchday by matchday basis. Fixtures can be viewed a week in advance and there is a scrolling ticker which displays a selection of games. Tapping on this brings up the vidiprinter so that you can discover the latest goals and full time scores. It can be slow at times, especially with an Edge connection but the presentation is incredibly slick. There are lots of impressive sliding graphics and team formations which build swiftly before your eyes in a manner akin to the start of a live game on the television. It’s one to show off to your footy pals, for sure.

Longevity: 9.0
Fun factor: 8.8
Practicality: 8.2
Value For Money: 9.0

Kung Fu Verdict: 8.8