App Review: Tour De France For iPhone Offers High Gear, But Could Use A Tune-Up
BREAKAWAYS: Live video goes off seamlessly, providing users with a rider's eye view. Notifications are sent out for stage starts and finishes, and recap information is quickly populated. Highlights include a full-length, commercial-free clip of each stage and an impressively quick delivery of results data. Course maps and profiles allow users to view course landmarks, locate the peloton, follow breakaway riders and see the results of their favorite riders. There is no shortage of race-related information here, and it is easy to get caught up in the content for hours.
DROPS: Full-length video replays are useful for fans looking to relive race footage, but with Stage 8 clocking in at more than four hours, a condensed clip would be a welcome addition. The live news and information feeds are static listings of race updates that refresh only when the app is opened. The lack of imagery is felt, particularly as it relates to news and video. There are no full text articles to read, nor any built-in distribution features connected to the content. A working Twitter feed does exist, but it is hidden in the More section. Finally, while there is a collection of cycling terms and definitions, specific rules and statistics are not readily available.
BOTTOM LINE: Tour de France for iPhone contains an amazing amount of quality race-related content. Watching the live stream is a win for mobile viewers, as are results-oriented alerts and course profiles. However, a lack of images and a disjointed navigation makes the app feel old. A layout reorganization and some aesthetic upgrades are on the wish list for next year.
Amie Sheridan (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a freelance writer in Philadelphia.
See Sheridan's previous App Review submissions for THE DAILY:
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