ESPN Score Center for Windows Phone 7

ESPN ScoreCenter (Free)
ESPN ScoreCenter for Windows Phone 7 (click to open with Zune)Just a few days ago, we reviewed ScoreMobile as one of the best mobile scoring apps on WP7; but the phone app world is fantastic because there are always new apps coming out that match or top the existing ones. Well, this is an example: ESPN ScoreCenter for WP7 is awesome. For the most part, at least: it has some real great stuff and something that could be improved.
ESPN ScoreCenter for Windows Phone 7 (click to enlarge).2The best part is The Lead section. In a single view you have access to the latest news, videos and scores of the day across all popular sports, including today’s upcoming games and what TV channels they are on.

The MyTeams section is also great: news and scores, with upcoming games of your favorite teams, across multiple sports.

Then there is a section per sport for your favorite sports, that you can chose from a rich selection ranging from Football to Water Polo, going through Combat Sports and Lacrosse.

ESPN ScoreCenter for Windows Phone 7 (click to enlarge).3The part that needs some improvement is the UI: it is not intuitive how to select your favorite sports and team at the beginning and we ended up quitting the app for pressing the back button  too many times… but the bad comes when selecting a section.

Rather than a Metro style, lateral swipe to change between The Lead, MyTeams and the sports section there is a small hyperlink at the top (which is tough to tap) that takes you to the section list. This is so non-intuitive that the app tells you upfront that you need to use it. The problem is that you don’t understand the message the first time you see it because you don’t know what it is referring to, and then once you do know the message does not appear anymore – what was it saying again?

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Verdict (version reviewed:
Despite some UI improvements needed, ESPN ScoreCenter has some great content for you sports fans, it is free and definitely worth a pin to the start menu of your Windows Phone 7.
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