- 07-11-2012, 01:40 PM #1
I've got the weather channel one now. While it's good, I am tired of looking at the tacky banner ads on it.
I need something that's equally capable, but WITHOUT any tacky ads in it. It doesn't have to be a free app necessarily...
- 07-11-2012, 01:43 PM #2
Well I use StormGlass, but that's pretty much made for Live Tiles. I only need to see what the current weather is(and Live Tile flips over to give low/high) so I know what to wear. I'm not terribly interested in micro-managing my weather. I can usually deal with it and StormGlass makes that simple enough.My apps are on JMTK Application Development
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- 07-11-2012, 01:52 PM #3
Might find something helpful here:
I have had a difficult time too picking out a weather app. I keep coming back to the weather channel one. It seems to do everything I want and has a lot of information.
Amazing Weather seems to work well, but it just doesn't have all the features of the weather channel one...I did buy it anyway.
I like to have weather alerts by gps, updated tiles, 5-10 day calendar, odds of rain by percentage, current conditions, high/low, and a summary.
Last edited by Squatting Hen; 07-11-2012 at 02:00 PM.
- 07-11-2012, 02:37 PM #5
- 07-11-2012, 10:58 PM #8
For instance, it showed Anchorage as being in the 80's all week so I texted my cousin who lives there. Well, its cold and cloudy all week and has been for weeks.
Around here it was showing 5-10 degrees higher than all other forms of weather including the news, weather.com, bing search, and other weather apps.
Not sure what the developer is doing but I would recommend people don't waste their money on this until he fixes the accuracy issue.
07-12-2012, 03:35 AM #14
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07-13-2012, 01:04 AM #20
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Just the plain ol' "Weather" from Microsoft. I choose this because it has offline access. If you try to access the weather on any other weather app, it will give you some error about not being connected. This is important to me because I keep my data off, especially when I'm nearing my cap. The other thing that got me is the solid live tile support. I couldn't find this working well for other applications, especially if data is on and off; other apps would just stop working or just turn blank because my data would be off instead of just caching the last known weather stats. The problem I have is the lack of details and a live tile that adjusts by GPS. In regards to details, hourly forecasts is more like trihourly (which I've come to the conclusion is just enough), you can't click anywhere to find more details as well, like to open a webpage to a more detailed page for finer things. This trend follows into alerts as well. I've noticed a majority of weather apps don't provide alerts, and only a few do it alright to well. This app just provides the title of the alert and the duration. It seems to be enough, but would be nice to see the entire alert, and see what other counties it may apply to as well. Next was the live tile GPS thing. There are few that have a live tile that updates your location. One thing to note though, is that the main weather app when launched will find your location and give you the weather for that area, which I can live with, but this means you either pin the main app to the start screen or just navigate to it in the list; you can't access the main app through a pinned location. With that said, details wise, I think it provides enough, you get the standard forecast, % chance of precipitation, tri-hourly forecasts (which I think is actually ok), extended forecasts, and alerts.
Now why I don't use other weather apps? Accuweather was the last one I was using, but the lack of being able to see the last refreshed weather stats when not connected to data made me leave it, and the alerts were buggy (it would crash constantly trying to scroll through it). AmazingWeather Lite, is great except for the once daily updates on the live tile (which makes having a live tile actually very useless to have, and makes it more of a shortcut than a live tile). Weatherbug just never worked for me (live tiles would just stay that Weatherbug logo (tried both verisons, neither worked)).
For paid apps, I tried out WeatherMaster. I think this was the best one, but it would be off by like 10 degrees sometimes for me, and it didn't provide as many details as I wanted. I wasn't sure if it provided weather alerts as well (didn't see any indication when the others did). It has offline access, and a plethora of details about weather, and it looks great, but it's like $2 if I remember. If I were to get a paid app, it would probably be Amazing Weather though.
EDIT: Pointed out that AmazingWeather actually does have offline access. Still, the limitation of a single live tile update still prevents me from using this.
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- 07-13-2012, 01:14 AM #21
Another WeatherBug fan. I have found it to be accurate and easy to use.
By accurate, I mean the 3 day forecast is usually spot on, the 5 day is usually close enough to make plans. I do not trust any weather report farther out than that. (10 days ahead on the weather?? Yeah, right....)"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."- Ben Franklin.
07-15-2012, 06:01 AM #23
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And Amazing Weather Lite will be updated to add French, German, Finnish, Traditional Chinese languages
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07-15-2012, 09:10 AM #24
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Weather Flow is my app of choice.
It gives a reasonable amount of info without being too cluttered. The UI can be switched from a metro style to a photo style and the double sided live tile is useful, and charming :)
I tried a bunch of other apps, almost all of the ones on the market in fact, but none of them got things quite right for me. For what I look for in this kind of app, Weather Flow nails it - simple UI, right amount of information, good live tile.
07-15-2012, 12:05 PM #25
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I think weather master is the best. The live tile is great as it dosent just show the current weather but show the weather for the next couple of days and it also live updates using GPS. It has really detailed info and you can view many cities/towns within the app. But just try it as it gives you the full app for 7 days. :)