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SportsTap Hits the Mark

At a Glance
  • Mobile1Sports SportsTap 2.3 (Android)

With a solid combination of slick graphics and snappy functionality, SportsTap scores well as a sports fanatic's mobile companion. The free Android Market download provides frequent score and result updates for the major sports in an interface that's fairly easy to navigate.

The main screen provides icons for the major sports leagues like the NFL, MLB, the NHL and the NBA as well as shortcuts to major college and international professional sports. Games in progress are indicated by a red ball with the number of active games next to the appropriate icons. If a major event such as the US Open tennis tournament is underway, a screen-wide link may be provided.

In addition to the Android app itself, you can install a SportsTap widget so you can scroll through scores and schedules from your Android phone's desktop.

You can choose favorite teams, which are promoted to the top of the screen when viewing a list of scores. If you're traveling, selecting LocalTap will take advantage of your phone's network and/or GPS locator capabilities and list scores and schedules of sporting events within 50, 100 or 200 miles from your location. You can set up audible and visual alerts for score changes and for the start and end of games.

For example, if you click on the MLB icon, a list of current Major League Baseball games appears with scores for active or completed games. Also available are links to photos, news updates, player transactions, team schedules and season category leaders.

Clicking on an active MLB game opens up a graphic game summary, complete with the current batter and pitcher, the number of outs and the positions of any runners on base. A scoring summary is also included, as well as links to other information, all of which are updated frequently.

A similar level of detail is offered for NFL football games. While the game is in progress, you get play and scoring summaries and a graphic illustration of a football field with indicators which let you know which team has the ball and where.

Most of the functions and settings in SportsTap worked well when tested on a T-Mobile myTouch 3G handset with Android 1.5 (Cupcake), but some of the smaller text-only links may be hard to poke if you have large fingers and don't give a visual indication that you've actually clicked them. The data provided are not as detailed for some sports, such as NCAA college football, and some users reported in the Android Market feedback area that they experience problems with some notifications and updates.

SportsTap is also available as an iPhone app and on the Web.

Price: Free Developer: Mobile1Sports LLC

Age Rating: 4+

Compatibility: Requires Android OS

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At a Glance
  • An easy-to-use sports information portal with an excellent interface.

    Pros

    • Slick graphics and snappy functionality

    Cons

    • Data provided are not as detailed for some sports
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