Five best World Cup gadgets
Want to catch every match and fill the extra time between games? Joe Minihane tests gear to help you make the most of the World Cup.
Pure Pocket DAB 1500 radio
This DAB (digital audio broadcast) radio is ideal for those midweek lunchtime matches you just can’t watch without your boss pulling out your P45. It’s chunky for a pocket radio, but it’s also imbued with Pure’s excellent design, and game details appear on the screen while you listen on the headphones. The latter aren’t much cop, so be sure to invest in a decent pair before the first whistle is blown. Although it isn’t cheap and DAB radios are notoriously awkward if you’re on the move, this will last well beyond the World Cup, and work a treat when listening to scores once the boring old domestic season gets underway again.
Panasonic Viera TXL37V10b Freesat TV
This high-definition TV has Freesat built in so, provided you’ve already got a satellite dish, it’ll let you watch HD broadcasts of every match from the BBC and ITV (Sky doesn’t have the rights to the World Cup). The 37in model here will set you back around £700, which is a big wedge of cash for an HDTV, but the full HD 1080p-resolution footage is stunning. You also get Viera Cast web apps, as well as support for standard definition and DivX video. That’s enough to keep you going even if the England team have trudged shame-faced onto a homeward-bound plane after yet another quarter-final exit.
2010 FIFA World Cup game
The official videogame by EA will be familiar to fans of the FIFA series. It uses the same controls, letting you lead any one of 199 teams through qualification to glory in South Africa. And yes, that means even England can win the World Cup, at least on your games console. Being an official title, everything from the kits to the stadiums are spot on. The game is beautifully put together, but we challenge anyone to break this out once the festivities are over and everyone starts thinking about Brazil 2014. There’s no denying it’s a cash-in, but a cracking one nonetheless.
Price: £24.99 (PSP), £39.99 (Wii), £49.99 (PS3/Xbox 360)
2010 World Cup iPhone app
At 59p, this app won’t be the cause of any wonga worries. It works on the iPhone and iPod Touch and is brilliantly put together – tap into it from your Apple home screen and you’ll get instant access to the results and fixtures for all the tournament’s group stages. Flick across to see what’s going on in each pool and tap down the bottom to work out who’ll be playing who in the knock-out rounds. Best of all, it also has a live update facility, which brings you the latest scores as the goals go in and the penalty shoot-outs are lost. There’s also a handy calendar for working out when England are playing so you can plan to pull a sickie.
'2010 - The World Cup' iPhone app
Elgato EyeTV DTT
Unless you’ve booked a month off work, you’ll need to watch games on the go. Step forward this superb little USB Freeview tuner, which works with Mac or PC, and pulls in Freeview signals so you can catch up on goals. It even has a dedicated electronic programme guide, letting you record matches onto your machine. However, signal strength varies wildly depending on where you are. If you move around you’ll struggle to get a decent picture, so best sit tight in one spot for decent quality recording and viewing.That said, it can stream pictures to any number of computers in the home, and even works with Elgato’s iPhone app.