With the FIFA World Cup just about to start, now’s the time to lay your hands on the application which will accompany you through the highs and the lows of the great football competition.
The main features to look for in a World Cup companion program are ease-of-use, in-depth information, automatic updates as the results roll in, travel data (for those lucky enough to be in Germany for the event) and… price. TinyStocks’ Football 2006 performs well on all the main features and what’s more, it’s completely free!
This simple program provides generous detail on each of the national squads, their home nation, and competitive history. As well as this, Football 2006 offers some more basic information about each venue in Germany, and guidance on how to reach them if you’re attending a game. The graphics are nice and clean, but lacking in any team or stadium photos which might have made the program a little more interesting.
Football 2006 provides a simple update service which allows you to download the latest scores via WAP/GPRS on a Treo or via a normal Sync operation with other Palm devices. It’s not clear whether this data will also include information about goal scorers, red and yellow cards, or penalties, but given the fact that this hasn't been mentioned, we’ll assume that it’s not included.
While Football 2006 is not the most advanced World Cup companion on the market, it’s easy-to-use, clear and above all, free. The fact that it doesn’t include team photos isn’t a major nuisance – the program does what it sets out to, admirably well and without taking up much space on your PDA.