Features and Overview
The Betfair mobile sportsbook app is another that manages to have almost all the features and betting markets that its web counterpart has to offer. It certainly looks the part too, maintaining the same colour scheme and a similar layout to the web version. Things are a little different in terms of the layout between the two platforms, mostly due to the limited screen space available for mobile and tablet devices. But navigation remains seamless thanks in part to a well arranged homepage. The homepage provides links to the most popular sports markets, a highlights section, the in-play arena, trending bets and upcoming horse races. Scrolling down also reveals current in-play fixtures for some popular sports markets. The bet slip icon is ever present in the top right, while there is a floating menu for features such as cash out. All in all, this is a well thought out platform that has the looks to match.
The iPad version is particularly well designed, with the match infographic taking up the full centre of the screen when in-play for a specific fixture. While the in-play function is not the best here, with some key details not being displayed prominently enough, there are a few excellent features. For example, the incredibly in-depth match statistics are fully available for the Betfair mobile app sportsbook, which helps to give those punters using this app an edge over those who don’t.
Our review of the web platform found that the betting site comes up a little short in terms of regular offers and promotions. While this is also true for the mobile app, there are a decent number of enhanced odds specials and price boosts, referred to here as price rush. Some of these are mobile exclusive and each day there are a significant number of enhanced odds specials, which means that the app does a decent job of providing some added extras for its loyal punters.
How Easy Is It to Place a Bet?
Most operators have almost perfected the art of placing bets online, thanks mainly to the intuitive bet slip functions. With web versions, this can sometimes be just a 3 step process. This can be the case for mobile sportsbook apps, but most often it takes a few more steps. At the longest, it is a 6 step process here, which is pretty standard from the mobile apps we investigated.
After you’ve logged in, you can select your sports market, either from the popular sports list at the top or the A-Z market listings from the floating menu at the bottom of the screen. Once in the correct market, you can start adding the bets to the bet slip. To do this, simply tap the odds of the bet of choice. The bet slip icon is in the top right of the screen and it will display how many selections are currently in the bet slip at any one time.
After making all the selections it’s time to head to the bet slip and confirm the specifics. Simply tap the bet slip icon which will open the slip to get started. Things here work just like with the web version. Simply enter the stake in the relevant stake box and then tick the confirm bet box to confirm that the selection and stake is correct. After this you can place the bet by clicking the place bet tab.
Aesthetic & Functional Platform
As I highlighted earlier, a lot of attention has been paid to the layout and navigation. The efforts have been very successful. All the areas on a sportsbook mobile app that a punter would need to reach quickly are ever present, such as the bet slip in the top right, or the cash out area, which is part of the ingenious floating menu that runs along the bottom of the screen. Pretty much everything else is available via a direct link on the homepage, such as popular sports markets, in-play betting and also to the enhanced odds and price rush areas. Such organisation means that you’re sure to be able to reach the desired area as quickly as possible, meaning you can concentrate on making winning bets, rather than trying to find your way around.
Some of the sports betting apps we have encountered had an equally excellent design but were let down by not functioning as well as they should. This is certainly not the case here. The Betfair app always runs smoothly and quick, which is essential for betting on the move. While the in-play section isn’t as comprehensive as some others, odds were always quickly updated and bets could be confirmed in a flash. In regards to live streams, the offering is not the biggest but it works well. As with the match infographic, live streams can be especially enjoyed on an iPad due to the larger than average space granted to the video. While the quality is high, the amount is the opposite, with a smaller than average number of sporting fixtures available to be live streamed from the mobile app.
The Betfair mobile app is the bookmaker’s dedicated sports betting mobile app, so it’s no surprise to find that it’s focused with few extra features thrown in. There are separate apps for the operator’s famed exchange betting platform and also for the Betfair casino. That said, the sportsbook mobile app does have a few special features in the form of its price rush and enhanced odds sections. These will be nothing new to most sports betting fans, but the price rush section can work out well for punters, by giving better odds found on the exchange for some singles bets on the sportsbook.
Complete Range of Payment Options and No Mobile Bonus
A great feature – and one that surprisingly few bookmakers manage when converting their sportsbook to a mobile app based platform – is that all the payment methods available on the web version are available. The processing times and deposit and withdrawal limits stay the same as with the online version, so regular users of the betting site will be well versed with the payment methods for the mobile app. In terms of an exclusive mobile bonus, it’s a similar story here as with all but one of the reviewed bookmakers. There’s no bonus that is exclusive, but the welcome bonus for the main platform can be played through on the app, and there are a small number of options for price boosts and enhanced odds betting specials.
The Betfair App Download Requirements
The bookie offers a download for both iOS and Android devices. iOS users require version 7 or higher and can download the app from the iTunes store, while the Betfair Android app requires users to have version 2.1 or higher. These are the minimum requirements, though the bookmaker does state that Android users with systems outside of these requirements may try to download the Betfair app, though they do so at their own risk. There is also a minimum screen resolution for Android users, which is 480×320 pixels.
|All Details about the App Downloads
||iOS 7 or higher
||iTunes app store
||2.1 or higher
||Betfair web page
Like many other operators, Betfair offers a web version for users of other devices. This feature is called Betfair Touch and can be accessed via the browser on your mobile device. It should be noted that this is simply a mobile friendly version of the web platform and not the same as the mobile app. But at least it gives punters with devices other than iOS or Android a chance to use Betfair on the move.
Conclusion – A Superior Sports Betting App
Once again it’s smooth sailing for Betfair. The bookie really is a class act and it has complimented its online betting site with a fantastic app that is strong in all the right areas. A great layout and navigation design is accompanied by a stunning aesthetic that gives a great user experience to punters. The quality of the user experience is then taken even further through features such as great statistical information for all events. A full range of payment options, fixtures and betting options are other standout features.
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Betfair App
- Major Strengths
- full range of payment methods
- Minor Strengths
- price boosts
- Minor Weaknesses
- relatively few offers
- fewer free live-streams
The only areas the bookie really loses points are in what many would describe as extra features, which could lead to the argument that these criticisms may be a little harsh. With a small amount of bonuses or special offers, as well as relatively few live streams available on the mobile app compared to many of the other operators reviewed here, Betfair is obviously a little weak in these areas. If these things are important to you in a mobile app, then I would suggest the wide range of promotions on the Paddy Power mobile app. We also like watching the live-streams at Coral. But live streams are not really what these mobile apps were designed for. They’re designed for quick fire betting on the go, which relies on a great design, smooth in-play facilities and sufficient payment options that can process quickly. In all of these areas, Betfair is on the money.
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Can I use Betfair on my mobile without downloading the app?
The Betfair website is compatible with almost all mobile and tablet types when using a browser. If you don't want to download the app, simply head to the bookmaker's website using the browser on your device. Bear in mind that the site is not optimised for mobiles and tablets like the app is, so I would really recommend using the app if your operating system supports it.