Sports fans in the UK have access to some of the finest betting apps around, each tied to one of the major high street and online bookmakers, offering access to casino and poker games, sometimes even bingo, as well as sports betting. Our team went in deep to compare betting apps in a bid to find the best betting app available for download…
When the time came to compare betting apps, we had to start with Betfair. Betfair actually offers two distinct betting apps, and it is up to you which one you favour. On the one hand, you could opt for Betfair’s Sportsbook App, the perfect companion for those players who like a straightforward and simple punt on their favourite players and teams. However, if you favour Betfair’s unique system of offering exchange bets, then the Exchange App is probably more in line with what you are looking for.
Both of Betfair’s apps are available for Android and iOS users and provide you with access to most of their major betting markets. At just 45.7MB, the downloadable app is petite in size. Of course, you can also access their site via your mobile device’s web browser if you’re not interested in the download, but it won’t be as tailor-made an experience for your mobile devices as either app. Betfair’s apps provide access to in-play betting and live streams, as well as special offers and other bonuses. The only downside to the betting app is that it is sometimes a little slow to load, but the app can be forgiven for that, given everything else you get with it.
Like most sports betting sites in the UK, Betway has an app that you can use to place mobile bets on the go. Available for both iOS and Android devices, the Betway app focuses more on speed than design and features, which is handy for players who want that last minute punt whilst on the move. As with other sites, you can also play in a browser-based version of the mobile app, if downloading it isn’t your cup of tea.
The homepage of the Betway app is where most of the action takes place, containing not just the upcoming sports events available to bet on, but also a host of links to casino games and mobile slots. Betway has even seen fit to include an e-sports section for fans of non-conventional betting options. Everything is neat and compartmentalised on the homepage, but it does make for a bit of a crowded experience. Most players will be happy with this, though, since everything is accessible from the same hub and Betway’s place in our betting app comparison feature is deserved.
Paddy Power Sportsbook
When looking to compare betting apps, you have to include Paddy Power. As one of the largest online bookies, Paddy Power commands a lot of respect. At 145MB in size, its mobile betting app is a little on the large side, but for that added download size you do get what is arguably the quickest of mobile betting apps on your iOS or Android-powered smartphone or tablet. The Paddy Power betting app is neatly arranged with numerous and diverse betting markets accessible from the main hub, which provides you with access to virtually every aspect of Paddy Power’s service without being too cluttered.
In-play betting and live streaming are made possible from the Paddy Power app, so if you do have the fully downloaded app installed on your device, there is no reason you would ever need to frequent the online version on your computer. Paddy Power are known for their daft (but generous) offers and these too can be accessed with the swipe of a finger from the main hub. Ordinarily, we can expect an app of this size to have its hiccups, but most performance related issues are usually down to your Wi-Fi or internet connection, rather than the app itself.
Popular across Northern Europe, outside of the UK there are potentially more users of the Unibet app than any other bookmaker. Unibet have gone for the plain Jane look to their mobile betting app. Why bother with aesthetics when most punters want to make a couple of jabs of their thumb and get the job done? At 34.6MB, the Unibet app is small and installs in seconds. It is also one of the fastest mobile betting apps, which is probably down to its stripped back but sleek interface – a really strong contender in the best betting apps field.
So, when you compare betting apps, how does Unibet stack up? Like the other major apps, you can get access to in-play betting and live streaming from this app, whilst they have even found space for a search box so that you can quickly navigate to the type of bets you’re after without having to swipe through menus. Unibet’s app doesn’t really provide the same access to casino games as its counterparts (being largely aimed at sports fans), and it may not look like the prettiest sports betting app out there on the market, but Unibet’s app is arguably the most efficient. If you are light on space, and largely want to bet on sports, then this could be the app that is most appealing to you.
William Hill Sportsbook
As one of the largest high-street bookies, there is naturally a large crowd that uses the William Hill betting app. It falls somewhere between all the other apps in terms of size (at just over 70MB) and like Unibet, it has a stripped back look. William Hill’s app can best be described as an amalgamation of all the other apps, taking the best parts of some, discarded the worst parts of others, and rolling them into one efficient app. Aesthetically, it’s a little dull, but just like the Unibet’s, this app is all about getting the job done.
Casino games can be reached from the apps hub, as can all the major sports betting markets. WHTV live streaming events are made possible via this app, and in-play betting features are also included. More critically, the #YourOdds feature, which has proven popular at William Hill of late, can also be accessed via William Hill app. If you are after a complete betting experience on your mobile phone or tablet, then the William Hill is certainly more than capable of offering you that with this app.