Viewti 2010

The makers of the original ViewTi kicked things into gear this year with the release of ViewTi 2010. The company has made significant improvements to satellite images and distances provided and also added the ability to pan, and one level of zoom. But at the same time they have taken a huge step backwards, requiring users to track every shot as it is hit on the course if they want to record any statistics other than hole score (a disaster!). Features unique to the ViewTi 2010 include satellite images of practice ranges, links to practice videos via YouTube, and the ability of the read the slope of the green.

While the initial cost of the application is average for the group, you may not get all the future upgrades for free. The company raised the ire of a number of purchasers of the original ViewTi, including ourselves, by charging those users for access to the new ViewTi 2010 ($8.99 at time of testing). So keep in mind that with the ViewTi family of applications, you may need to pay a yearly fee to get the latest features and functionality.

The ViewTi 2010 has potential, but the company needs to work out the bugs that still exist in the application and reconsider the method of tracking statistics. Until that time, we can’t whole-heartedly recommend ViewTi 2010.

Editor’s note: ViewTi 2010 has announced 3D flyovers and multishot camera features, but we have been unable to access these additions.)

SCORE
83
GRADE
B-
Course Availability
84
Starting a Round
98
Ease of Use
85
Course Details
86
Features
78
Accuracy
90
Cost/Value
75

Pros:

Cons:

Price: $29.99
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84 / B

Course Availability
Critical Golf Test: ViewTi 2010 scored a reasonable 84 out of 100 in our course coverage analysis. Coverage of “Top 100” courses was excellent (a perfect 20 of 20), though it took a beating in “Best New” courses (9 out of 20). Coverage across regions was strongest in the West, Southeast and Northeast, but trailed in the Southwest and Midwest (both 15 out of 20).
Manufacturer’s Claims: ViewTi 2010 claims to have 23,000 courses in its database, which places it at about average for iPhone golf GPS applications.


98 / A+

Starting a Round
The Good: There is no registration process. Users can elect to either load images for the entire course prior to play by saving a selected course to a list of favorites, or they can immediately start play and allow the images for each hole to load as they advance between holes.
The Bad: Very little – this is the kind of flexibility in starting a round that we wish was on other devices. The only downside is when you are only playing the back nine of a course or in a shotgun start – in these situations, the ViewTi 2010 still requires you to load all images of holes beginning from hole #1.
Details: From the main menu, you have the choice to either Play Golf, View Statistics or Practice. When you choose to Play Golf from the main menu, you can view a list of nearby courses listed by distance from your current location, or sort those courses in alphabetical order. You can also search for any course by typing its name into the search bar at the top, or select a course from a previously saved list of courses.
When the user selects a new course to play, ViewTi 2010 will download the images for hole #1, and then load subsequent hole images as the user advances to the next hole. The downside to this is if there is a poor network connection while on-course, the user may get stuck waiting for the appropriate images to download, or find that they won’t download at all. We recommend users save the course they plan to play to their list of favorites in advance of heading out, which tells ViewTi 2010 to download all images in advance.


85 / B

Ease of Use
The Good: A clean interface that’s easy to navigate. With the exception of…
The Bad: Users may be confused while trying to enter statistics (see details under ‘Features’, below). In addition, if you rotate your iPhone, the ViewTi 2010 scorecard will automatically launch (there is no option to turn this off, as there is with the Golfshot app). This gets annoying since it means that the scorecard will frequently launch unintentionally, like every time you take the iPhone out of your pocket.
Details:


86 / B

Course Detail and Mapping
The Good: ViewTi 2010 allows users to the ability to select any point on the course and receive the distance to the point and from the point to the center of the green.
The Bad: Although users can select any point on the course and receive distances, the application would be stronger if it included either a text listing of distances to pre-mapped targets, or mapped the distances to certain points within the satellite views.
Details:

Review of ViewTi iPhone Golf GPS Application

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Suggestion Box: We would prefer if ViewTi 2010 displayed some distances on the top of the screen in addition to the distance to the center of the green, such as to the front or back of the green or additional hazards.
Also, a simple way to “clear” the crosshairs if you have tapped on a target and then want a quick way to get the distance to the center of the green would be useful. We did experience different responses when double-tapping the screen to zoom in/out. In some cases this action cleared the targeted point and reverted the crosshair to the center of the green, but this did not happen on every hole. It would be nice to have a simple way to clear a targeted point, and have the crosshair move to the center of the green.


78 / C+

Features
The Good: A variety of statistics are (kind of) available, along with a section of the application to assist with practicing.
The Bad: You can only track statistics if you enter the location of each of your shot, club used, and shot result for every hole. And with no way to edit or modify previous shots using this method of capturing statistics, if you make a mistake or forget to enter the location of a shot, all of your statistics will be incorrect moving forward. We could go into greater detail, but let’s just say that this was an awful decision from a user’s perspective.
Lastly, we did experience some bugs within the application, including the application spontaneously quitting while we were accessing features, an inability to access the scorecard on several occasions, and erroneous statistics (GIR and club distances) calculations. Yikes!
Details:

Review of ViewTi 2010 iPhone Golf GPS Application

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Suggestion Box: We’ve said it before and need to again: ViewTi 2010 needs to allow for entering statistics manually – the current interface for statistics is unbearable.


90 / A-

Mapping Accuracy
Mapping Accuracy: ViewTi 2010 showed reasonable mapping accuracy. Most holes were in a range of 4-5 yards of the marked distance, though we did experience a number of holes that were off by up to 10 yards. We did notice that ViewTi 2010 took longer to update distance readings that most other iPhone golf GPS applications.


75 / C

Cost/Value
Retail Price: ViewTi 2010’s retail price is average among applications tested at $29.99. We should note that we have seen the price for ViewTi products change over time (the company likes to keep us on our toes!), so be sure to confirm prior to purchase.
Fees for Access to Course Database: All courses are included within the cost of the application.
Three-Year Total Cost of Ownership: We list the ViewTi 2010 in the middle of the pack in our in our three-year cost comparison. Given the company’s history of charging for an upgrade to the latest application (from the original ViewTi to ViewTi 2010), we have to assume that if users want the latest features and functionality in the future, they will be paying upgrade fees for ViewTi 2011, ViewTi 2012, etc. Other iPhone golf GPS applications, notably Golfshot and AirVue, have provided new features and functionality at no additional cost to buyers of earlier versions.
Value: If you have already invested in the original ViewTi, the upgrade fee may well be worth it (or at least something to consider versus AirVue). But it’s hard for us to feel good about the value of the application when the statistics interface drives us nuts and when it seems that ViewTi sees us as an annual recurring revenue stream.


Tested: v2.48

2 comments

  1. I have an IPhone 4 with IOS 5 and the last two times I triied using the Viewti 2010 it stopped  at mid way and took me back to the start game screen.  lost all my first 12 to 14 holes and scores?
    I show no open updates and was about to like the program!!  it has been one of the most frustrating apps I have tried to use!   

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