App Review – Part 5

29 Apr

It has been a while since I last did an app review, but here’s another collection of apps covering not only Formula 1, but other four-wheeled racing formulas as well. I hope you find it a useful resource.

Red Bull Racing Spy
(Free on iPhone, iPad)

After a slightly delayed launch, the Red Bull Racing Spy app is finally here. The app serves as an inside look at the team, and serves as a companion to one of the team’s official twitter accounts – @redbullf1spy.

The app features updates from the team at each race, including photos, a team diary which pulls together various feeds including twitter, facebook, the news section of their website, and some facts and figures about each race.

It is a nice little app, but if you already follow the team on twitter and facebook then it doesn’t add a massive amount.

DHL Fastest Lap
(Free on iPhone)

This app supports the DHL Fastest Lap award and allows F1 fans to participate in a season-long competition to win a 3 day pass to a race of your choice, or for individual race prizes of a DHL F1 package (the F1 2011 game for PC, a baseball cap, rucksack and a DVD). Before each race, fans need to predict what the fastest lap time will be, and which driver will record it.

The app also features information about the F1 season – standings, drivers, a calendar, and best of all, a photo gallery.

The only drawback to this app is that it requires users to have a Facebook account which, as you may have seen in one of my previous reviews, is something I’m not keen on.

DTM
(£1.49 on iPhone and iPad)

Today is an appropriate day to be reviewing this app, as the DTM 2012 season finally gets underway at Hockenheim.

The app features standard information about DTM – the calendar, driver profiles, tables and statistics.

Also included is a series of video clips about DTM – interviews, previews and features, as well as summaries of action on the track.

The other ‘media’ inclusion is photo galleries – there are photos of the track action from last year’s season which is the positive inclusion. Not so positive though is the Grid Girl photo gallery. I can appreciate that some blokes will like this feature but as a woman I don’t like it.

Overall it is a useful app. I’m not entirely sure that its features warrant a £1.49 price, but I may reconsider that during the season.

Team Ganassi
(Free on iPhone)

This is the official team app of Chip Ganassi and features information about each of the teams and drivers that they sponsor across American motor racing. In Indy Car this includes Target Chip Ganassi (Scott Power and Dario Franchitti), Service Central Chip Ganassi (Graham Rahal) and Novo Nordisk (Charlie Kimball). In NASCAR it covers Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya, and in Rolex Grand-AM Sports Car Series, Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett.

As well as information about the drivers and series, there is Ganassi TV which includes a series of video interviews and features. There is also a trivia quiz about motor racing and the people involved in the teams.

The most fun feature of all though is the Fan Cam. This allows users to include their photo on a series of templates from Indy 500 winner to a team mascot.

V8 Timing 2012
(Basic app free, in app purchase £9.99 on iPhone, iPad, Android)

This app covers the V8 Supercars Australian race series (featured on Motors TV for non-antipodeans), and was built by the same software company who did the official F1 2012 live timing app (Soft Pauer).

The features are almost identical to the F1 2012 app – live timing and track positioning can be obtained through an in-app purchase, and there are the same basic free features containing news and information about the series.

I won’t go over the ins and outs again as I’ve already covered that in the F1 2012 app review, and I have to confess that the reason I’m including this in my review is that it highlights the premium that F1 fans are paying for the live data on their app.

The V8 Supercars series includes 15 races with 28 drivers, and the live feed data is £9.99. That works out at 67 pence per race, whereas Formula 1 fans are paying £1 per race for the data through their app which is priced £19.99.  FOM have defended the price of their app citing £1 per race as very good value. They might want to take another look at that…

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