Gary: So the BBC eventually launched their BBC Sports app today
how did you find it?
Glenn: well to be honest, it was quite disappointing, I was expecting so much more. Basically it is just a repackaged mobile website.
Gary: It does claim to be 7″ tablet ready although I can’t see any difference between the two versions.
Glenn: I have not tried it on my tablet yet, but I cannot see how it will look or act any differently.
Gary: Only the spacing of articles has changed. So thoughts on the general UI ?
Gary: But it has no side swiping so you are stuck with a vertical scrolling page.
Glenn: It does on the home page, you can swipe to open the sidebar anyway.
Gary: Only to the menu though.
Gary: I would have expected to swipe right or left to change from one part of the site to another.
Gary: Exactly, a next-previous type thing. So the UI is capable without being anything inspiring, what about the content ?
Glenn: Some articles are not so bad on the app, others however come up as literally a mobile web page. You can zoom etc, which really is naff. They seem to have coded their webpages oddly so that some get pulled correctly into the app and others do not.
Gary: Yeah, maybe that will change as time goes on though.
Glenn: I like how they have seamlessly integrated their own media player though (same as the one iPlayer app uses in the post flash era), however it would have been nicer if we could play things all in the same app
Gary: I think that was part of the delay – using the BBC media player, so they started with iPlayer then moved onto sport. As you would expect they cover almost everything sport related.
Glenn: The app seems slightly slower than it perhaps should be at loading content too.
Gary: Not had that issue here, seems pretty quick to me.
Glenn: Using the BBC website, although slightly more cumbersome is actually quicker for me.
Gary: Detail on all the sports is pretty impressive too
Glenn: I suppose all in all the app does what it needs to do, but I cannot say, at this time that it does it better than its rival apps.
Gary: We have yet to see how live scores perform.
Glenn: Live scores looks good, but no auto refresh option.
Gary: Does the page not auto-update the way the webpage does ?
Glenn: Nope there is a large refresh button at the top of the page.
Gary: I will wait to see tonight, it may just be timed and the button is an over-ride.
Gary: What did dis-appoint me was the quality of video, very poor but not a big surprise as it uses the iPlayer engine.
Glenn: I think this is an issue BBC has in general at the moment.
Glenn: It is no where near as good as it should be.
Gary: So you have it installed. Will you keep it or bin it ?
Glenn: I think I will keep it, it is always useful to have options when it comes to news apps, although I still think a rival app might be my first point of call for sports news
Gary: I think I might use another app for scores, but for news it seems fine for me, covers almost every sport out there, league tables, individual teams – everything
Glenn: it does indeed, I suppose the true test will be to see how it covers a season or tournament
Gary: True, marks out of 5 ?
Glenn: I will have to give it 3 out of 5, it has tried but hasn’t gone far enough to make it an ‘elite’ application – but it certainly has potential
Gary: I give it the same, but only because of the wealth of content. I do hope they update it because it could and should be a great app.