There are a multitude of weather apps available for the whole range of iOS devices. One such application is Weather HD which provides a pretty unique focus on providing you live weather and forecast information for your current and any other location you wish to know about.
Weather HD has been getting rave reviews for it’s beautiful HD images and videos for a while now and it’s these features that are the main selling point of this whether app.
Initially Weather HD was only available for the iPad but this latest version now includes iPhone and iPod touch support through a single app so if you have both devices it will install on both with a single purchase. While the iPhone and iPod Touch may not have the same large screen as the iPad the latest generation of iOS device with it’s high resolution screen still show off Weather HD’s images in all their glory.
The setup is the standard for most weather apps and you can simple add multiple locations either using your devices location or type in the location and search it’s huge database.
With the locations loaded the application will pull the latest weather information and display the information on the screen including the temperature, daily highs and lows, humidity, chance of rain and wind direction/speed. All of this with a back drop of a truly stunning visual representation of the current weather.
My only criticism is that there appears to be only a limited number of images for each weather type so if it’s raining you get a certain image pertaining to rain, if it’s sunny you get the a couple of images pertaining to sunny weather. So while the they look great I would like to see a larger selection of pictures to keep things a little more interesting.
In addition to the current forecast you can show/hide the 7 day forecast and an hourly forecast for the next 24 hours. All of the forecasts whether it be for a day or an hour can be clicked on at which point a more detailed forecast will be displayed, again along with the HD image/video of the forecasted weather.
The current time can also be added to the screen allowing you to use it as if it were a screensaver for your iPhone/iPad when you’re not using it for anything else.
If you are looking for a weather app with satellite images, historical data and other such details then this app is probably not for you. However, if you are looking for an app that tells you the weather basics in the most beautiful way possible this is the app for you.
Reviewed on an iPhone 4 and an iPad.
Weather HD for iPad Video
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Updated:Sep 29, 2010
Size: 155 MB
Languages:English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
© vimov, LLC
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
iPad will not include some of the native apps which are available on the iPhone/iPod touch and weather application is one of them. Today we received an update from VIMOV about their upcoming app for iPad called Weather HD.
Weather HD for the iPad utilizes the large display screen very well by playing beautiful high definition videos in the background which describes the current weather condition.
With Apple not including a Weather application on the iPad, VIMOV’s Weather HD comes to the rescue, providing the most beautiful weather application experience ever made for a mobile device. It uses not complex numbers or graphs to describe the weather, but stunning high definition videos that easily and beautifully describe the weather condition.
We expect iPhone/iPad developers to utilize the unique features and the powerful processing capabilities of the iPad to develop innovative apps and VIMOV is certainly moving in the right direction.
The app will be available on sale with the iPad launch on April 3rd for $0.99!
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I’ve mentioned in other reviews that I’m a bit of a weather nerd. Put some cloud animations and temperature variation charts on an app and usually I’m good to go. Imagine my disappointment then when I ran across Climate Wise – Winter Edition. Not only did it not feed and nurture my inner meteorologist, it was of little practical use as well.
Climate Wise provides winter-specific meterological data for the Continental United States. The main interface is a Google Maps overlay with a search box. To find data for a location you can either search using the city and state or by zip code. To find data for your current location, tap the location icon in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Once a location has been acquired, the familiar Maps pin icon will drop into place. Weather data is accessed by tapping the pin. The weather data provided is a series of three windows with average information for January, February, and March.
I understand that Climate Wise is not like other weather apps as it doesn’t actually display a weather forecast. Climate Wise is focused on providing statistical information, that much it makes very clear in its App Store introduction. Unfortunately, the statistical information provided doesn’t relate very much to winter weather information I’d be interested in. There is no mention of average snowfall, wind speed, or wind chill to name three much more winter related statistics. And although the developers promise future releases with international information, it currently only tracks the Continental United States. I am sure there’s international winter-specific statistical information available. The lack of even North American information leaves a big hole in the application that needs to be filled. Climate Wise may not aspire to being a weather forecast application and that’s fine. However, if you’re going to provide statistical information you should provide statistical information that’s as relevant and broadly-based as possible.
I had very high hopes for Climate Wise – Winter Edition and it didn’t deliver on any of them. The interface is good and it delivers a limited set of information specific to the US. If either of those things interest you, get this app.
The Not So Good:
Reviewed by: Erin Peterson
Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store) as of 28 Jan
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 0.3 MB
Seller: Climate Source Inc.
I am a self-confessed weather nerd. I watch The Weather Channel more than CNN. I have three web sites I check for weather forecasts. One of my constant searches in the App Store has been for a good weather app. One that combines the information I need with an interactive interface that is engaging and enjoying. Although I’ve been very successful in finding weather apps, I’ve found most to be lacking in some way or another. That is until I discovered Outside. Outside from Robocat combines an engaging interface with well presented and timely information.
Instead of going for the wide range of information most weather apps try to deliver, Outside is a very focused app. The application can either detect your location using Location Services or you can enter it in the application preferences. Once your location has been specified, the application interface is very simple and intuitive. An animated view out of a virtual window indicates current temperature and conditions. Drag the screen down to get a more detailed analysis of UV index, humidity, cloud cover, and wind as well as sunrise and set. Drag the screen to the left to reveal individual screens of a five day forecast. The date you are viewing is always displayed in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
Two things really made Outside stand out for me. The first was the display. Most weather applications I’ve tried in the App Store attempt to jam as much information as possible into one or two screens. Outside first presents you with the information you’re most likely to want when checking the weather; temperature and conditions. If you want a more detailed breakdown or predictions you can move around the interface and get that as well. It’s obvious that some thought was put into not only what people wanted out of a weather application but also how they want to access that information. The best part of it is that all of that thought was put into an easy to use interface that’s visually pleasing. It could be snowing out and I could read that in other applications but seeing the gentle flakes float around the interface are a great touch.
The second thing is the notifications system. I live in a part of the world where, especially in winter, the weather can catch you unaware. The Outside notification system can be configured high and low temperature thresholds, UV index thresholds, and whether rain is expected. This is a great option that other weather applications just do not offer. The only shortcoming of this system is that it is only available for free for a month after purchase. After that the notification system can be enabled for 90 day increments for $0.99 each. I would personally pay for this service but you may not think of it as feasible. If you need to know the weather conditions or when they vary this is money well spent.
Outside is the new king of weather applications on my device and it should be your’s as well. Its clean interface, engaging animations, and notification system puts it head and shoulders above the competition. This is a purchase you shouldn’t leave for a rainy day.
The Not So Good:
Reviewed by: Erin Peterson
Outside iPhone Teaser
Behind the scenes
Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store) as of 18 Jan
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 6.2 MB