In the first of a new series where we look at some of the football related iPhone applications, Neil Sherwin gives his thoughts on Football Stars by ElastikMobile.
Application – FootballStars
Available From – www.elastikmobile.com / iTunes store
Cost – €1.59 / £1.19
Rating: 7.5 / 10
Make it a World Cup to remember by getting to know the world’s greatest footballers in a whole new way — through great photos, video, news and Wikipedia articles.
FootballStars is a neat application that allows you to browse through photos of the World’s top 50 football stars which you can then use as the wallpaper on your iPhone. The top 50 list is based on the rankings of ESPN soccernet and includes all the big names from Messi to Villa to Hamsek.
It is possible to share the photos via email or Twitter, and you can also access videos and information on each player on the app’s YouTube, Google News and Wikipedia pages. The interface is quite simple and very user friendly making it easy to navigate back and forth between players. When the application starts, the list of 50 appears and you simply tap on the particular player you wish to view. A selection of photos will auto-populate and each one can be enlarged, tweeted, or saved as a background.
At the bottom of the player’s photo page there are three tabs – ‘Wikipedia’, ‘Youtube’ and ‘Google News’, and these take you straight to a search based on the player’s name.
This wouldn’t be a fair review without some negatives, and there are a couple with this particular application. The database is quite limited with only 50 players to choose from and a lot of the images are quite dated so it would be good if they were more recent.
Overall though it’s very neat and tidy and makes for a good one stop shop for videos, pics and news.
You can download the application from iTunes or by logging on to the ElastikMobile website.
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