Features and Overview
The huge range of sports markets available for the web version is present. The fixtures for the sports also reflect the online platform, with great coverage of all major sports, including a good supply of in-play and cash out markets. A great live betting service is important for sports betting mobile apps, since a lot of punters like to use them to make in-play bets on the go. But the bookmaker really rises to the challenge, with a nicely arranged, easy to use and smooth functioning in-play area. Not only this, but earlier this year the bookmaker introduced one touch betting. This can be switched on via a toggle switch that appears in each in-play fixture. Once switched on, you can set a default stake. After this, any bets you want to make can be made in one touch, simply by tapping the odds of the bet of choice. This is a great feature that means you can make live bets even faster.
With the same green, white and yellow colour scheme of the online platform, the Paddy Power sports betting app is striking whilst remaining clean and easy on the eye. The clean look and feel really applies in general. The homepage has a banner containing links to a popular bets section, in-play betting and next races across the center, with popular sports and games listed along the top and a frozen banner at the bottom for the quick links to the main menu, cash out, and other games. The homepage also always contains upcoming highlights, popular events and current promotions. The betting site really has to be commended for packing so much content and info onto the main page and other areas.
How Can I Place a Bet?
As I mentioned above, the excellent one touch function essentially allows in-play bets to be made with just one touch. But there are limitations to the system, mostly that it can only be used in-play and that you have to designate a stake beforehand that will automatically be applied to all one touch bets. So below I’ll detail the usual process for making bets at Paddy Power.
The first step is obviously to choose your sport market, which can be done a couple of ways via the homepage. Some sports have quick links contained in the banner across the top of the page, but if your sport is not there, head to the main menu and select the sport from the A-Z list. From here you’ll be shown the popular upcoming fixtures and specials for the sport. If your fixture is contained in the list, then simply select it. If not, then you can scroll further down to reveal the other available leagues and tournaments. After this, all the available bets for the fixture will be displayed and you can add a selection to the bet slip simply by tapping the odds. Open the bet slip once you’re done and then enter the desired stake into the stake box. Give the details a once over and if you’re happy everything looks in order, then tap place bets to confirm the bet.
Functionality, Navigation and Live-streams
The great design means that it can pack in a lot of features all while remaining extremely functional and easy to navigate. Quick links for popular sports and other areas on the main page means that most areas can be accessed quickly. Unlike other apps that just have quick links to a few sports, such as football, tennis and horse racing, Paddy Power actually has quick links to a much larger selection of sports markets on the main page. These are contained in a scrolling banner, so despite there being a wide selection, they don’t take up much space on the page. Most important areas are also granted quick links from the main page or in the frozen banner at the bottom of the page. Cash out and the bet slip can be easily reached through these links, while in-play can be selected either from the homepage or from the main menu. Overall navigation is great and the user experience friendly, since any area is never more than a click or two away.
When in the betting arena for specific fixtures, everything is well arranged to make betting super quick and easy. Bets are ordered by tabs which means that you’ll always be able to quickly find the bet type you’re looking for. This especially helps when betting live. Live betting always functioned smoothly and quickly in our test. Obviously the strength of the connection plays a big part when using sports betting apps, but with a good connection, I never encountered any issues or lagging, which is again especially important for in-play betting. For live-streams, there’s a great range of horse racing streams from the UK and elsewhere. For other sports, the range is a little limited. Firstly, only football and tennis have events available to be streamed. While there’s not so many fixtures available for streaming, the quality of the fixtures is quite good. For example, last year there were a number of football matches from the Spanish La Liga that could be viewed on the app.
Paddy Power is definitely one of the more active betting sitess when it comes to offers and promotions. The mobile app is full of them too. The promotions list for the app is really great. You can access all the offers via the promotions tab and they are sorted by sport, which is a nice touch. There’s also all the daily specials that are available on the online platform. These are easy to find which is great for the user experience. Once you’re in the section for a specific sport, one of the day’s special prices or enhanced odds bets will be shown at the top of the page, with the option to open the tab to show the rest of the specials.
No Mobile Bonus & Limited Range of Payment Methods
To be honest, none of the promotions or specials are exclusive to the sports betting app, but there are always a large number of offers available at any one time, which is good to see.
While the range of deposit methods available for the online platform was a little small, the number of payment options available is very limited. Unfortunately, the only compatible options are with debit cards and via PayPal. These means that any other e-Wallet, such as Neteller or Skrill is not available, along with prepaid card options, such as paysafecard. There’s also no exclusive mobile bonus for the app, which is pretty much standard among all the bookmakers.
App Download for iOS & Android
The Paddy Power app is available for download for Android and iOS systems. Blackberry users shouldn’t feel too left out though, as the platform can be reached via the web app. This is essentially using the website on your mobile device, so it is not as mobile optimised as using the app. However, using the website on the browser works well and you can even download a shortcut to the device’s desktop.
|All Details about the App Downloads
||iOS 7 or higher
||iTunes app store
||Android 2.0.0 or higher
||Paddy Power web page
For the app to work on your mobile or tablet device, iOS users will need version 7 or higher, while the app download size is 64.1MB. Like most sports betting apps, it can be downloaded from the iTunes store. Android users of Paddy Power will require version 2.0.0 or higher and the download size is 2.1MB. Downloading sports betting apps for Android devices is a little different, since they cannot be hosted in the Google Play Store. Instead, you can download the app from the bookmaker’s website.
Conclusion – A Great on the Move Sports Betting Experience
Paddy Power really has produced a solid sports betting mobile app here. There is a huge market and bet range and the design and layout is extremely user friendly and attractive. There’s also a huge range of promotions that can be accessed via the mobile app, along with daily specials available for most sports. All this makes the Paddy Power mobile app a fun and enjoyable place to bet on sports. But it also has a serious side too, with a great in-play arena and some unique functions, such as the one touch live betting option.
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Paddy Power App
- Major Strengths
- all the markets of online platform
- Minor Strengths
- user friendly design
- exclusive offers & specials
- Minor Weaknesses
- limited live-streams
On the other hand, there are relatively few live-streams, no real exclusive mobile bonus and a very limited range of deposit methods. But the bookmaker is not alone in having no exclusive mobile app bonus, since only one of the operators we’ve reviewed had one. Perhaps in the future the bookmaker could have separate apps for its other services, like casino, and thereby have a dedicated sports betting mobile app. But on the whole, the Paddy Power mobile app is a great place for sports betting on the go.
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How do I use Paddy Power one touch betting?
Just like the name suggests, one touch allows you to make live bets with just one touch. On each in-play event, you’ll see the one touch icon. Tap it to toggle one touch on. After this a stake box will appear next to the icon. Enter your desired standard stake and then simply tap the bet of choice, which will be made with just one tap. If you want to turn one touch off, simply toggle the switch to the off position.