If the info and quality you get from this free version of the ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup app is this high, the upgrade must be fantastic.
Rabid World Cup followers will get plenty of use out of this app. From the main menu, you can search through the up-to-date scores and schedules, the latest news about recent events, and video of game highlights courtesy of ESPN.
You can also easily search for specific info by teams, which are organized by map, list and groups, then add them to your favorites so the latest info about your team is available right on the main menu. Or you can check out the venues to see what games are playing at certain stadiums. There’s even a bracket predictor, where you can earn points by predicting the outcome of games with other ESPN account holders.
The in-app purchase of $7.99 gives you even more, including (for those in the U.S.) live ESPN radio streams of the matches, highlights within minutes of when they happen, video recaps and analysis, and breaking news and game alerts, including customizable alerts.
As far as design goes, this app is really well done, particularly considering it’s both free and only useful for a short window of time. A quick scroll down the main menu will take you to any info you want to find, and the video and audio are both great quality. When you try to choose an option (like alerts) that is only offered with the upgrade, a window opens asking if you’d like to purchase it; other than that, I didn’t experience any ads or annoying pop-ups, so if you just want the free version there’s no advertising harassment to deal with.
This app is definitely a handy one for iPhone users who want to stay connected to the action at all times.
ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.