We all love betting, don’t we? But, the one thing that is better than betting at home, is betting on the move. Thanks to mobile technology we are faced with two avenues; mobile betting on sites and betting on mobile via apps.

In this piece, we will look to pit a range of bookmakers’ betting mobile phone betting against one another. Why? To find out which of the two avenues is the best mobile betting to take.

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Mobile Site vs Apps

What are the main differences when you’re looking at whether to bet on your mobile browser, or, whether to place your mobile bet on your bookmaker’s app? Well, there are quite a few and they do alter the betting experience.
There are good and bad points to both though, so what are they?

Mobile Site Pros

The main plus point for using a mobile betting site is obviously that you can simply go onto your mobile browser and start betting. Plus, as bookmakers will have their websites optimised to run on mobile browsers, it will be an easier and more streamlined betting experience than if you were placing your bet on desktop/laptop.

Mobile Site Cons

These struggles range from the streaming being better optimised and more reliable when betting on an app rather than mobile sports betting. You will also find that mobile phone betting is often harder to navigate in comparison to the app, and, as such it can be frustrating when trying to actually place a bet.

How To Pick The Best Mobile Betting Site

There are numerous ways to pick the best mobile betting site for you, but, why not try them out for yourself first of all? This process is much easier than if you were looking for the right betting app for your mobile online betting as, you guessed it, there’s no need to spend time installing and uninstalling numerous apps to and from your phone.

You’ll want to find a betting site that works best for you and your mobile. So, whether you’ve got a larger screen or if your phone runs slower – you’ll need to find the betting site that suits your phone and its capabilities to deliver you the best betting experience available to you while betting mobile.

Best Mobile Betting Site Reviews

So, lets have a look at the best and worst parts of a handful of bookmakers betting sites and their mobile apps. Regardless of if you opt for one of these five bookies, it will help you distinguish the differences and perks of both betting on a mobile browser and on an app.

LeoVegas Mobile Betting

Also, read our Leovegas app review.

You may not recognise them from their name, but you’ll most certainly be familiar with their lion emblazoned logo. When you land on the LeoVegas mobile betting site, it’ll instantly give you the option to download the app with a widget at the top of the screen. For the meantime, we’ll focus on the mobile browser betting though.

Pros

One thing which is instantly more of a convenience is that you have everything grouped together in one place. Want to have a flutter on casino or live casino, then place a bet on the football? You can easily! With the app you may get confused by the two separate versions available for download, however, the good thing is that they contain all three markets; casino, live casino and sports.

The best thing about the LeoVegas app and the mobile betting site is also the thing which many are likely to hold against it. It doesn’t really look and feel like a betting app, or, site. So why is that good? Because it isn’t cluttered with odds and markets, everything is set out in a tidy fashion which leaves the experience feeling extremely simplistic.

Cons

On the flipside this ease of use is also one of the disadvantages to the mobile site, as, it affords the luxury of perhaps spreading out content too thinly meaning there are pages which, maybe, don’t even need to be there. The app meanwhile doesn’t suffer this issue.

The other key disadvantage to both the mobile site and the app is that they don’t support live streaming.
If you want a betting mobile site or app with bells and whistles on it that don’t bring anything further to the app, this won’t be for you. If you are looking for one which delivers ease of use and a great interface, look no further.

Pros

Cons

All Markets Grouped Together

Thin Content on Some Pages

Clean & Simplistic Design

No Live Streaming

Fast & Well-Optimized

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888sport Mobile Betting

Also, read our 888sport app review.

The ladies and gentleman at 888sport have obviously worked very hard to have a mobile optimised betting site as identical to their betting apps as possible. Do you know what? They’ve done it remarkably well.

The menus and sub menus across both are so well labelled and laid out that it would be impossible to miss the market you were looking for. What is also handy considering this is all about betting on the go is that both interfaces also list the ‘live right now’ and ‘starting soon’ markets.

The one takeaway difference from the 888sport app and mobile betting site is that the app is so much better optimised for handling live streaming.

 

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BETWAY Mobile Betting

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Right, straight away, let me say that we think the way the Betway mobile site divvies out your journey dependent on what you want. Yes, the landing page will give you the option of going to the standalone site for Sports, Casino, Vegas or eSports. Each with their own individual sportsbook and promotional pages.

This feature isn’t replicated in the app, instead they are all listed as a widget at the top which you can navigate through. While it’s good to have them all within one app, this can be slightly unresponsive at times. Don’t be fooled though, other than in this instance, the app is by far and away faster and more reliable than its mobile betting site counterpart.

One great thing about the mobile site is that, like the app, you don’t have to zoom-in or out to view the whole page. The whole mobile site is optimised so that everything is visible from that page, on your screens page.

 

 

Pros

Cons

Fast & Reliable

Slightly Unresponsive Market Widget in the App

Well Optimised for All Mobile Devices

Great for Live Streaming

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Betstars Mobile Betting

Also, read our Betstars app review.

Well, here’s one where you may well be better off sticking to the mobile betting site! This outfit sees the huge PokerStars tackle a sportsbook.

The mobile betting site itself is quite clustered and, on first visit, can be quite daunting. This isn’t great as a first impression as you want people to be lured in rather than pushed away.

Having come from a casino and poker background first and foremost, the sports offering does feel somewhat rushed. The app is much the same as the mobile betting site, clustered and not very inviting. The difference is, that the mobile betting site has the capability to keep up with what you are trying to navigate through, and, when trying to place a bet. The app meanwhile, often lags and freezes, something which has been pulled up by many users in regards to failed placed bets.

The sportsbook itself is solid, if unspectacular, but until they get it on a par with the cracking PokerStars site and app, they may have to rely on great features such as Spin & Bet.

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Betfair Mobile Betting

Also, read our Betfair app review.

This not only looks, but, it also feels like the best of the mobile betting sites we’ve touched on. Extremely slick and responsive it also offers you the chance to select your own sign-up offer (if you’re new) as well as downloading the app.

What it does do is trade in the fancy looking set-up for a more robust and capable betting site and app. This means you’re more likely to be able to bet better as you go, rather than chancing your betting on an app which may not be able to keep up.

Again, there is a clear mirroring of the app and the mobile site, which is all well and good, but do the performances match up? In a word, yes. One key benefit to using the app as well is that you can get a special feature called price rush – which at intervals takes some of the great prices from the Betfair Exchange on some single markets on the sportsbook.

Overall, it’s easy to see why the app is award winning! But don’t let that sway you into thinking that you can’t enjoy your betting through your mobile’s web browser.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I claim a sign-up promotion using a mobile app?
Yes, this is assuming that the bookmakers you’re utilising offers new customer offers of course. These will be shown to you on the landing page of the app, so don’t worry about missing the potential sign-up offer and your free bet. It is always worth checking the terms and conditions still.
Which betting app is best for iPhone/Android?

Whether you’re looking for the ‘best’ betting apps on Android or iOS platforms, the honest answer is, it’s down to what you’re looking for. Many big bookmakers focus on pushing offers and promotions on their app, while the ‘mid-tier’ bookmakers will focus on a pure betting experience. It’s a simple question of what you’re after.

Can I get the desktop promotions on the app?
You bet! Bookmakers may not offer the whole range, as to keep the apps cleaner and more fluid – but you will also find promotions exclusive to app users that you may not have otherwise have stumbled across had you been sat at your desktop/laptop.
Do betting apps have a live cash out option?
Rest assured you will know this prior to placing your bet. Any market or fixture which offers live cash out will be labelled accordingly, regardless of if you’re betting on desktop, mobile or app. Of course, you always run that slim risk of not having the right connection – but that still occurs on desktop computers too regardless of it being 2018!
What if I want to utilise more than one betting app?
Well, much like on desktop, you can have numerous betting accounts with a range of bookmakers. So, as long as you’re signing up/using the apps within reason then the only thing you’ll have to worry about is your phones storage! In all seriousness though, download and utilise as many as you want to use.