I've been using SportsTap, a free iPhone application available at Apple's App Store, for the past month or two now. As of yesterday I'm no longer using it, and have replaced it on my Home screen with a link to ESPN's iPhone-optimized mobile site. Why?
1. This past Sunday I was hanging out with a Mets fan friend of mine. I used SportsTap to check the score of the Mets game - which baseball fans know was do-or-die (die, ultimately) for the Amazin's. SportsTap told us it was 4-2 Mets in the 8th. Uh, no, the score was actually 2-2 at that point ... the Mets wound up losing 4-2. What good is a Sports update app if it gets the scores wrong on the biggest day of the season?
2. While I like SportsTap's sport-by-sport UI and clean display of box scores, ESPN simply offers more. Their newly optimized-for-iPhone layout does leave a bit to be desired in terms of style, but it's clean, easy to read and use, and works. ESPN puts a featured story at the top of the page instead of ST's choose your sport system, but it's easy enough to drill through ESPN's content to get to the scores I want.
3. ESPN did a GREAT job of posting iPhone-friendly versions of their Podcasts and other audio content. One of my growing complaints about iPhone is the lack of over the air podcast support (Ever try a Nokia S60 device? So easy to subscribe to podcasts on the go on those things!). ESPN skirted iPhone's limitations by providing easy access to iPhone-friendly QuickTime audio files - so there's no need to tether an iPhone to a computer and perform an iTunes sync to listen to ESPN's podcasts; the mobile site provides iPhone-optimized access to all the PTI audio you can handle.
Got an iPhone? Hooked on sports? What do you use to get your fix? Check out ESPN's iPhone-friendly site by navigating to espn.go.com on your iPhone. Let me know what you think - or what I should try instead of ESPN - in the comments.