Ladbrokes are one of the oldest betting sites in the world with their history dating back to 1886. They now boast over 2700 shops with 16000 employees across Europe alone. Their transition into the mobile betting markets has seen them introduce their new Ladbrokes betting app of which we will be looking at in this review.
A snippet taken from their website states “Ladbrokes is focused on building its digital capabilities to realise its vision of becoming a fully e-enabled international betting and gaming business.” It’s clear that the Ladbrokes betting app is part of this mission statement, so let’s take a look to see if it lives up the high standard that Ladbrokes have adopted throughout the years.
For more information on how to downland the Ladbrokes betting app to your mobile then simply click the download button on the right. To learn more about the app, its features, betting bonuses and much more then continue reading the Ladbrokes betting app review.
When you register a new account today with Ladbrokes mobile you will be eligible for a £30 free bet when you deposits just £10 or more and place a wager of the same amount. Simply enter exclusive promo code Get30 when you regsiter an account.
It’s worth noting that this offer may not be available when you sign up via the app itself, so we recommend ensuring your free bet that you sign up through any of the links on this page via your PC, laptop or mobile browser. Once you have done this then your free bet can still be used via your app once you have logged into your account.
Overview, Design and Feel
First impressions of the app are a little subdued as the homepage is relatively basic and looks a little cluttered. It’s one of very few apps that we have looked at which includes an actual image of a sporting event, of which we can’t really see the point of as it slows down loading time and an app is meant be focusing on usability.
As you would expect the majority of the colour on the page is red, being their corporate colours and all. It looks pretty smart without ever giving off that ‘wow’ factor.
The app itself functions really well and is a pleasure to use. The on page scrolling holds next to no lag whilst flicking in between betting markets is fast and concise. This all adds to an overall excellent feel to the app and one in which you can tell Ladbrokes have invested heavily into to make usability a priority.
Features and Interface
The second you open the app up you are greeted to the Ladbrokes app’s live batting section. This remains a constant theme throughout the app as markets will initially promote the live betting ones to start which is something we talk more about later in the review.
The homepage also offers you an upcoming betting markets section, allowing you to dive straight into the action. It will list somewhere around half a dozen popular markets, but it’s a nice feature as anything saving time is a plus when it comes to mobile betting.
Something that quite a few betting apps now incorporate is an easy scroll navigation bar at the top of the screen. It allows you to shuffle between their betting markets to quickly choose where you want to be. It’s basically a fancy alternative for having a list of markets, but it’s a feature we really like at MBG. This section has around a dozen of the most popular markets to choose from, before having a button at the end to list all betting markets.
Along the bottom of the app runs a permanent navigation bar. Now these have caused problems for some bookmaker’s apps that we have tested, but we are delighted to report that up to now, we haven’t had a single issue with it. You can select betting slip, deposit, my account or, and the selection we like the most, a ‘more’ button. The more buttons basically lets you hop between different sections of the app no matter which page you are on. Features such as live betting, home page, all sports and specials, results, send to friend, help and logout can be found. It’s a nice touch making navigating around the Ladbrokes betting app a doddle!
Ladbrokes also gives you access to their live streaming channel directly from your mobile phone. At the minute you can only view horse racing and you must have placed a wager of £1 or more, but it shows their intent as to how many features they are trying to cram into their mobile betting app.
Sports and markets
Comparing sports betting websites markets to the markets they offer on their app is always a good indication as to how in-depth the app itself is. Online we make out around 35 betting markets where the app holds roughly 25 markets, so not a bad effort at all. In fact, the majority of markets left out are virtual sports, of which most people can do without.
There’s no doubt that Ladbrokes concentrate on their football and horse racing markets as its two that are both available direct from their app homepage. Just scanning through the football markets as an example brings a staggering amount of leagues, cups and competitions from around the world. A couple of the more obscure ones include India, Kuwaiti and Singaporean!
If you’re not into your football or horse racing, which many aren’t, then don’t feel as though you have been left out. The market coverage for all the 25+ sports on the app is tremendous. A keen point to note is that the markets are added to and subtracted from everyday, so keep checking back for new market developments.
In fact, a really top feature on the Ladbrokes app would be an addition of a new market tracker to see what’s just entered the app. If you reading this Mr Ladbrokes….
Cahier, Account and Support
As you would expect all the usual banking features are available on the Ladbrokes betting app. Deposit, withdrawal, transaction history, payment methods, cashier, balance and even bonus code redemptions can all be found under the ‘My account’ section of the app.
Again customer support coverage seems excellent with a 24/7 phone number you can contact from both inside and outside the UK. There’s no sign of an email address which is a bit of a letdown. It’s such a simple feature to add that we are surprised when any app doesn’t have one.
Navigation and placing a bet
Navigating the site is really, really simple and there are tons of options for quick links and back buttons so you only need to go back one level. These are especially important when the amounts of markets Ladbrokes currently host are available.
The only gripe comes in the form of loading for some of the larger betting markets. It can take a second or two on Wi-Fi connection meaning 3G will take even longer. There is a loading icon which flashes on the market you have selected showing that it is at least trying to upload your page.
The betting slip is simple but concise and provides everything you would expect. You can cancel, add more, update or check bet on your slip whilst also changing your stake amount. The bottom navigation bar will give you an indication as to how many bets you have on your slip. iPhone users will be used to the icon as it’s the same one that shows when a notification is available on Facebook, Twitter or messaging.
Overall Ladbrokes have produced a very tidy app indeed. We were a little disappointed with the design as it just doesn’t feel as ‘sexy’ as some of the other apps we have tested. With Ladbrokes being the betting brand that they are, we may be expected a little more.
On the plus side their market coverage really is second to none. We were staggered with the amount and range of markets they offered. With 25+ sports to choose from there will be few betting apps that will compete.
On the whole Ladbrokes have a quality app and you won’t be disappointed, whatever your betting needs.