It's been a long time coming, but ESPN ScoreCenter for iPhone has finally been updated with a refreshed interface that mirrors that of its larger iPad-fitted version - just in time for college football bowl season, the NFL playoffs, and more not-hockey. The new interface ditches the swiping five-panel layout of the old ScoreCenter, opting instead for a simplified layout with navigation accomplish by merely tapping (how quaint) one of four large buttons at the bottom of the screen.
The ScoreCenter update also makes looking beyond your favorite teams (you can now log in with an ESPN account to sync your favorites from the website and/or the iPad app) and the latest scores in everything - "Top Events" - by tapping the three-bar menu button on the top left to drill down into other sports, leagues, teams. The app maintains the old two-wide grid system for displaying scores en masse, but opts for a larger font that's easier to read at a glance.
New in the update is a button labeled Video present in the nav bar on most screens, offering relevant video segments on whatever scores/news/team you're looking at. The video clips are pulled from both ESPN's television coverage and dedicated web content.
Overall, the update to version 3.0.0 has been good for ScoreCenter, bringing the featureset and performance up to ESPN standards and wrapping the app in a new skin that matche's ESPN's edgy corporate look. Everything you liked about ScoreCenter is still there, while a lot of what you disliked has been excised or improved. And it's still free - can't beat that.