APP OF THE DAY: Premier League 20 Seasons review (iPad / iPhone)
Football fans who have been living in a cave - or support teams outside of the top division in England - may not have realised yet, but the current season of the Premier League is the 20th since it was formed. It's also been 20 years since Sky started broadcasting its matches live, and whether or not you agree with the policy, it's done a bloody good job in raising at least the TV revenues of the top clubs.
That, in effect, has paid the wages of some of the world's best footballers, allowing us to see them ply their trade in this country. This application is full of those moments...
Premier League 20 Seasons
- iPad (version tested), iPhone, iPod touch
On the face of it, Premier League 20 Seasons is a simple application. At its heart, it is merely a portal for 100 video clips of classic top-level action, each one minute long and streamed or downloaded. However, what clips they are - and they're superbly presented, to boot (pardon the pun).
You can scroll through all of the content from left to right, with a still from each offering offering a glimpse as to what they contain. In addition, at the bottom of the screen, there are search categories which group the video clips under Player, Manager, Season or, if you mark them as such, Favourites.
The clips also allow you to find out more info, share the clip on Facebook (or, at least, the name of the clip - followers will have to get the app themselves to check it out), and enter a competition to win Nike footballs and other stuff. There are also football knowledge questions for each clip in the app that's specific to that event. And, er, that's it.
But that's not really the point. In fact, the simplicity is half the appeal, as the Premier League 20 Seasons app is mainly about the incredible moments themselves. Dennis Bergkamp's wonder goal against Newcastle, for example, or Liverpool's 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2009. Or Liverpool's remarkable comeback against Manchester United 1994. Or, you get the picture...
Naturally, as these clips are short and sweet (there are 100 of them after all, which equates to a fair return for your money) and they're not always in the best bit rate considering some of their ages (more obvious on iPad than iPhone), the more thrifty out there may make do with YouTube and an afternoon or two's searching, but it's nice to have them all in the same place for the rest of us.
Incidentally, the app developers will be adding five new clips at the end of the current season, of which Swansea will be one. So there you go.