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This week’s pick is ESPN, now _finally_ optimized for the the iPad, along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Released as an all new, updated version of the previously named SportsCenter app, ESPN now provides an easy, convenient way to follow your favorite teams no matter what screen you are viewing in app. ESPN describes the app like this:
The ESPN App gives you up-to-the-minute scores and news with loads of video highlights, all while beautifully optimized for the iPhone 6, 6+ and the iPad! Sign in and customize the ESPN App with your favorite teams to get all of your favorite teams’ scores, news and alerts as fast as a Kam Chancellor pick six.
I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for an iPad optimized ESPN app. To be honest, you might as well go ahead and delete the other sports apps from your iPad now. This update does a great job of utilizing all of the iPad’s larger screen size, providing an immersive experience for the user. The amount of information available at any given time can be a little overwhelming at first, but it didn’t take long for me to get past the new app jitters–and here’s why.
If you’re already familiar with the ESPN website, and you have a username and password set up, then you can sign in with those credentials when you first launch the app. If you has created a username and password, then you probably have also set your team preferences as well. If not–no worries, you can easily access, and add, or change that info on the home screen using the Settings button in the upper right corner of the app. In addition to adding and editing your favorites, you can also edit your alerts, manage the ESPN widget, and view privacy settings as well as TOS and submit feedback.
Navigation within the app is awesome. No matter which page you’re on, all your other pages are only a tap away. The available pages include the Homepage, the Sports page–which lets you narrow your view to a particular sport, and an On-Air page–which displays all the content available to view from within the app, along with a description of the event and the names of the teams participating.
At the bottom right of any page is where all of your favorite teams reside. A quick tap on any of the available icons takes you to the homepage of that team. These pages have a lot of information to take in at one time. However, all the info is presented in the same manner on each page. For instance, the upper left corner contains all the scores of your favorite teams, or, if you’re on a team page already, you will see all the recent and future scores from said team. The middle section contains all the news from your feed, and the far right is basically a Twitter feed of all the relevant tweets pertaining to your team(s). If you can’t tell, I think ESPN knocked it out of the park with this update. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Here’s an App Store link for ESPN; it’s free in the App Store, so you really have no excuse not to check it out.
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