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ScoreMobile for BlackBerry Review

CrackBerry Idol - Todd
By Kevin Michaluk on 30 Jun 2010 09:13 pm EDT
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Like Sports? Then read this review of ScoreMobile!


Hi There Crackberry Nation! Thanks for reading my first ever Crackberry app review. I am reviewing ScoreMobile for Blackberry. We all know that one of the best things about owning a Blackberry is having information at your fingertips. As a sports fan, this is especially true. ScoreMobile for Blackberry may not be perfect, but it is one of the best sports applications available.

ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

ScoreMobile is the smartphone application from the Canadian sports channel, The Score. While they do have a fairly full programming schedule, their main strength is continual sports highlights. You can check out their website at www.thescore.com. The ScoreMobile app is the same principle: scores and recaps at a glance. There is quite a bit of information available, including scores, game previews and recaps, standings, top news and betting odds. Their coverage currently includes Football (NFL, CFL, NCAA), Major League Baseball, NHL hockey, NBA and NCAA basketball, NASCAR and Formula 1 racing, PGA golf, and a lot of Soccer (FIFA, EPL, UEFA Champions League, Seri, Liga and MLS). While you always have the option to view any league they cover, you can select only your favourites to follow.

ScoreMoblle for BlackBerry

When you launch the application, it will show you today's schedule and scores from the selected league. The application integrates itself with the Time Zone settings on your device so all of the start times for the games and events are listed in your local time, which is a great feature. You can also select up to 20 favourite teams across all the leagues. Your favourites will be highlighted and displayed at the top of the list.

Score Mobile for BlackBerry

Switching between leagues is also quick and easy with a drop down menu.

ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

Clicking on a selected matchup before the game begins will give a brief overview of the matchup, the chance to select one or both of the teams as favourites, and the option of adding the game or event to your calendar.

ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

Clicking on a matchup after it has started will show current game information, including men on base for baseball, up to date stats, and a live blog for selected games. Post game, of course, gives all the final stats, as well as a game or event summary .

ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

The application has just been updated to add a TV listings feature. This is currently only available in Canada, but it will show what network is covering all of the games and events listed, which can be a fairly useful feature. By selecting on of the games, the application will show a list of local bars close to your location. Clicking on a bar will launch the Blackberry Maps application and will give directions to the bar. I can't help but find this hilarious.

ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

 

ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

There are many sports applications available for the Blackberry, but I consider ScoreMobile to be one of the very best. Specialized applications such as the Hockey News may provide more in depth coverage, but they are not as good for on the fly scores and stats. Obviously they do not cover multiple sports either. Sportsnet.ca has a Blackberry application as well, but I find it to be overly bloated and slow. Many other ‘applications' are simply links to websites, which I do not count.

So is ScoreMobile perfect? Almost! I find it to be extremely valuable and use it daily, especially during the times of year when multiple leagues are playing at once. The only real criticism I have is that it is occasionally slow to update. I have seen it 7 minutes behind during hockey games and 2 or 3 innings behind during baseball. I would also like to see coverage of Major Junior hockey and the Memorial Cup added. The positives far out way the negatives, however. Quick and easy access to scores and sporting information is a must for any fan. This application integrates into the calendar, date and time, and maps features of the Blackberry, and in my opinion this multi-level device integration would qualify it as a SuperApp.

Overall I am very pleased with ScoreMobile. It is by far one of my most used applications and I highly recommend it to any sports fan.

ScoreMobile for Blackberry Ratings

PROS:

  • Up to date scores and information across multiple leagues and events.
  • Multi-level device integration
  • TV listings and directions to nearby bars = Partytime!

CONS:

  • Occasionally slow to update scores

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Thanks for reading my first ever review!

** This review was written as part of the CrackBerry Idol 2010 competition. Click for details. **

21 comments

Kevin Michaluk

Kevin (aka Ryan Seacrest): Solid review their Todd. Love the female counterpart at the end. That was a very comprehensive review of ScoreMobile, which is always a good thing for us enthusiasts at CrackBerry. Let's see what the judges have to say.

CrackBerry Idol Judges

Dieter: Not bad dawg, not bad. Congratulations on your first review. I could definitely feel your passion for both BlackBerry and the ScoreMobile app coming through in both the video and written review. The quality and creativity of the reviews we are seeing so far in this competition are staggering. Your video was on par with what somebody like Adam might whip up for a quick A to Z review on CrackBerry, which isn't a bad thing. But if you want to win CrackBerry Idol I think for Round 2 you're going to have to push your game even further. 

Georgia: Todd, I could tell you were a bit nervous when you did the video because you were speaking very quickly at first but as the video went on you began to relax, nice job. I even let out a chuckle when you said, "get your drink on." Perhaps not as dynamic a video as your audition tape but again I liked the use of the female side kick. I enjoy your writing style, it is fun, relaxed and still informative. One small issue was that you mentioned some problems with the application in your review but then did not mention them in the cons section, which only had one con. I hope you continue with us to the next leg of the competition.

Craig: You have a lazy way of speaking which makes your voice "croaky". This is distracting. Projecting your voice will help with this. Otherwise the pace of the video was slow, causing a bit of boredom. The article was well written and covered the things a sports fan would be interested in plus the things a BlackBerry user would be interested in. Finally (and this is a criticism to all contestants). BlackBerry has 2 capital B's, not one.

shacknews

Very crackily crack voice...

Skinny_Pete_

^Haha. I noticed that too!

It's BlackBerry not Blackberry

rookie mistake ;)

Todders604

TWO Capitals. Got it. I don't think I've ever felt more stupid than when Craig pointed that out.

Although I'm not too pleased that I apparently sound like a congested bullfrog either......

Dragondima

Honestly, when I wrote my review I originally wrote it as Blackberry by habit. Your written review had a lot of good context, and you picked a great app! Your video brought the same style that got you through auditions, so congratulations on a good review! Good luck!

randymc2641

of scoremobile, is if you put the icon on your homescreen and have a nifty theme like the Denali theme (shameless plug I know) if you open your game and then back out of it you can just hover your cursor over the scoremobile icon to get a score update in the title instead of opening the app.

jayton420

Looks like a great program. I would love to try it out. However, at 570 kb, it is just too large for my old Curve 8310.

It would be nice if there were BlackBerry developers out there that concentrated more on speed and functionality rather than looks and fancy graphics.

I am currently using espn's mobile website, and would love a better alternative. Does anyone know of anything else in this realm or another mobile website that works better?

Excellent first review, btw.

sj3

That was an outstanding first review; it would have still been outstanding even if you had done dozens. No fluff, told me consisely exactly (almost...see below) what I wanted to know, and showed that your evaluation was thourough.

A few comments:

1) Only one spelling issue, but it really wasn't anything mis-spelled. You used "on" where I think you wanted "one." Trivial...yes!

2) Some people, myself included, will be very interested in how close to real-time the app is. You mentioned "occasionally" slow to update, but what does that mean? How close is it usually? If two or more leagues were active at once during your review, is it better for one, or generally the same average real-time'ness for all? I'd like to know more in this area. For me, this would be a bigger part of super-app status.

Thanks so very much for the awesome review!

sj

meske

Sweet! I actually sent a request in a couple weeks ago to add TV listings to games. If this is a result of my request, that was a FAST turnaround! If it was already in the queue, well, it was still my idea, damn it! ;-)

Love this app.

The_Adventist

It's not Crackberry, it's CrackBerry.

Also 2 capitals. Just as important!

kameronjm

Does anyone think that this guy looks a little like this thing?

http://media.funny.co.uk/files/2709.jpg

db1561

I have been using this app for quite awhile now and I love it! great app i would even have considered purchasing it! but its free!!!

Scarlett

Thanks goes to Kevin (aka Ryan) for showing even those who have years of experience writing still make mistakes. "Solid review their Todd". Their should be there. Although any typo that is viewed by the public is important you should always be sure the client which in this case is "CrackBerry" and any product "BlackBerry" is spelled and pronounced correctly. That can be a fatal mistake if working in advertising which is really what a review is all about.

freddymartinez9

I don't know why you chose to review ScoreMobile. Most of the CB users I know use that app, even the ones that are "casual users". You should have chosen a better application. So far, the Dragon app review was the best in terms of originality and delivery.

gregorylkelly

I don't want to sound rude because I give you a ton of credit for putting yourself out there, but I didn't like this review at all. I thought the written part was boring and read like an 8th graders research paper. The video was better, but you could hear the nervousness in your voice. I've been recorded while nervous, so I know that the raspiness in your voice is nerves and not your normal voice.

Again, I give you credit for doing this and it's not bad for your first review, but this isn't even close to the real reviews I read on this site.

Good luck though!

that_maynard

I enjoyed the written part better than the video. I always thought about getting this app, but you explained what it is and does. As far as "everyone on CB has this already" I don't and I liked the review. Everyone gets nervous! Good job.

SouthernStuff

I have this app as well and was disappointed to see that once I upgraded to the newer version, ver 1.4, Tennis was not included. Also, I agree that ScoreMobile is slow w/the updates.

adamhusband

Good review. I too enjoy ScoreMobile for all my scores. Didn't know it was from Canada. But who cares as long as I can keep up to date with my sports. Should I sing Oh Canada now? Haha!

mikeo007

I thought the review covered everything a user would want to know about the app, so bravo on that. The order in which you presented things was a bit disjunct though. It's usually easier to understand something when you look at it from a broad overview before drilling down into the smaller details. But in your video review you tended to focus on smaller elements first, such as the favourite team feature before you actually covered the basic premise of the app. You seemed nervous while speaking but that will improve with practice. Good luck!

arrago

i didn't like his voice i felt like i didn't want to hear it during a review. Voice is also a important factor as a reviewer who will give video reviews. Sorry bud maybe if it was written only you'd have a better chance you had some aspects better then others.

also he is too nerdy

freddymartinez9

Its a webpage...about BlackBerrys..