It’s that time of year again – and no, I’m not talking about Girl Scout Cookies. Sports Illustrated has finally released the always-anticipated Swimsuit Edition, filled with hot girls sporting sexy swimsuits (if even that much.) With the emerging prevalence of mobile and media 2.0, Sports Illustrated has taken to the web and apps for another year, offering the SI Swimsuit 2011 app for iPhone and Android users. A free app is available for a cursory peek into this year’s SI Swimsuit Edition, but access on the app to the entirety of the SI Swimsuit photos we have all grown to truly love are limited to a $1.99 upgrade.
The SI Swimsuit app for Android and iPhone offers a directory of each model featured in the SI Swimsuit 2011 with a cute, but not quite sexy, photo of each model. A teaser “sexy” photo of each model is also available in the SI Swimsuit 2011 free app, along with a nice bio of each girl and the option to upgrade the app. Users who upgrade the 2011 SI Swimsuit app will be able to see “all” of the photos of each girl, but don’t expect the upgrade to feature anything special. The girls still look like they belong in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.
Users of the SI Swimsuit 2011 app can also view videos produced during the photo shoot for the 2011 SI Swimsuit Edition. On the free version of the SI Swimsuit 2011 app, 8 of 37 of these videos are available without having to upgrade. These swimsuit model videos are pretty sexy without leaving you feeling like you’re watching dirty porn, so SI did it right with only eight teasers to make you upgrade.
For the cheapskates out there, you’re in luck – all of the “upgrade” material is available, for free, on SI.com. The web interface additionally offers significantly more photos from more models than the iPhone and Android app, including features from athletes, women of the Bachelor, and shoots done with only body paint. But if you’ve long left magazines behind (or are like the guys in my life – and just leave them near the toilet), yet still need your 2011 SI Swimsuit Edition fix, the free SI Swimsuit 2011 app is great for quick reference.