By Zuri Berry
Reviewing: NFL '12
By: NFL Enterprises LLC
Price: Free (with in-app subscription)
Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android
Should you get it?: Only if you don't know how to operate your mobile Internet browser.
I think everybody is done complaining about the NFL's impasse with the referees now that there has been a labor resolution. The zebras returned for Thursday night's football game, and harmony was restored on the playing field.
But not in cyberspace. The complaints are still streaming in from the NFL's mobile app (iOS, Android), which went from an incredibly useful secondary screen with video highlights from each game last season, to a slowly updated and now costly expense.
Basically, if you want to check scores from games with NFL '12, anticipate a 5-minute delay or more. In tests on Sunday on the iPad, the app was clearly behind its competitors (the ESPN ScoreCenter for one).
The humorous part here is that all of the video content the NFL is now charging for is available for free and is optimized for mobile devices on NFL.com, so anyone with the broadband to watch video in an app can view the same video online without ever downloading NFL '12.
It's just not very smart. And now, it's not very useful.