Score Media Ventures has brought ScoreMobile to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The free app brings sports scores, news, stats and videos to your Windows Phone. Fantastic, right?
ScoreMobile also allows you to tag teams as your favorites, making it easier to follow their progress as the season moves along. The app has a minor degree of customization and it ran very stable.
To find out the particulars of ScoreMobile, follow the break.
Football, Basketball, Soccer...but where's Baseball
ScoreMobile lays sporting leagues out across a metro styled hub with each page offering scores, standing, stats, news, and videos for each sport. ScoreMobile covers the NFL, NBA, NHL, EPL (soccer) and NCAA Basketball and Football. While the app doesn't currently offer Major League Baseball coverage, it's our understanding that it's in the works (can't too upset with it being the off-season).
Leagues are displayed on a League Page where you can tap on the individual sport to pull up links for scores, stats, standings, news and videos. If there is an active game within the league, you'll see a highlighted indication next to the scores link.
You can create League Pages for the sports you visit more frequently. To do so, simply tap, hold and drag the league name into the dotted box on the League Page. The downside is that you can only highlight four leagues on individual pages. For most, this won't be an issue, but it may become an issue as the coverage increases and more leagues are added. Then again, updates may increase the number of pages you can have on the ScoreMobile hub.
Scores can be filtered by Conferences, Divisions and Poll Rankings with the leagues. The downside to this filter is that once you leave a league, when you return the filter is no longer applied. So if you're an SEC or Conference USA fan, you'll have to apply the filter each time you enter an NCAA league.
If you're involved in a Fantasy Sports League, ScoreMobile allows you to pull up player stats. If you need to see who's leading the NBA in rebounding, that information is but a few taps away.
As you view scores, standings and such of the various teams, if you tap on the team logo it will highlight. This adds the team to your favorites. Your Favorites Page is accessible from the League Page and will display any games involving your teams over a four day period. If your favorite isn't scheduled to play during this window, they will not be displayed.
One observation on adding teams to your favorite list is that the tag is to that specific team, not a College or University. If you want to follow Auburn Football and Basketball, you have to go into each respective sports league and highlight the team. There is also occasions where I don't see all my favorites listed. It's not a major performance issue but one that hopefully will clear up with the next update.
Settings for ScoreMobile are accessible through the Favorites Page. Settings are minimal and allow you to set the refresh rates, your theme (e.g. wallpaper), automatically select your region, and video playback options.
Windows Phone 7 is sorely missing a quality sports app that will keep you up to date on all your sports scores. ScoreMobile attempts to fill that void with a bang. At least a bang with regards to the amount of information the app provides.
I'm not sure I like the layout but it works. I also couldn't help but think that your favorite teams could have been handled better. It would have been nice to have seen a page dedicated to your favorite teams on the main hub that would launch you to your teams schedule, standings, player performance, etc. I think ScoreMobile would be more complete if you could isolate information based on teams as well as scores.
All in all, I was pleased with ScoreMobile. If you're looking for a solution that will bring sports scores to your Windows Phone, ScoreMobile does that nicely. If you're looking for a solution that will bring more than just sports scores to your Windows Phone, ScoreMobile does that nicely as well.
The great thing about it all is that ScoreMobile is a free application so you can try it without being out anything but the time it takes to install. You can find your copy of ScoreMobile here (opens your Zune desktop) at the Marketplace.