AccuWeather iPhone App Review.
The World's Weather Authority, Accuweather, launched their own native app for the iPhone probably never thinking it will have the potential to replace the iPhone's own. With accurate weather forecasts, 15-day local forecasts, weather alerts, videos and alarms, and complete with hourly forecasts, Accuweather has all you need to plan that family picnic, choose what to wear and even decide when it would be a good time to take the dog out for a walk.
Once you pop in the app, the works are similar to the native iPhone Weather App. You type in your location or zip code, and the app adds your location. After that you can enjoy a wealth of information, rain or shine. The app will show you on the home screen the current weather conditions at your selected location, complete with temperature, humidity, air pressure, and winds. The menu at the bottom of the screen will let you choose between Current, Hourly, 15-day, and a set of Indices. Their recent update for the app increased both the hourly and the daily forecast, from 5 to 15 hours and 15 days respectively, giving you more than enough of a head start for anything you might have planned during the day or the week. You also get a "Real Feel" indicator of the temperature outside, to give you the temperature in what it actually feels like out there, not what the thermometers on the wall will tell you.
Perhaps one of the most interesting features of the app is the set of different indices it offers. You get a wealth of info for indexes for your UV, Air quality, Flu, Arthritis, Dog Walking and more, all at the slide of your finger. There is also the Risks page that uses slider views to notify of the risk of receiving rain, wind, snow, ice, fog and thunderstorms for the next hours. With
The graphics are not much, but for a weather app that provides the wealth of info Accuweather does, who would need them? The background image for the home screen will change with the time of the day and the current weather conditions. You wouldn't need more than that, since the important part with the app is the high-quality content and accurate information.
Perhaps one of the flaws of the app is the Video page where you're given local, regional, national and breaking weather news and updates, but these breaking news aren't so breaking, as you get some outdated videos of a couple of days ago, which doesn't do much good. Of course, the push notification available in 3.0 would definitely push this app beyond limits, and it's definitely one iPhone app we'll be looking after in the near future. For now, the Accuweather app is available for free to download from the AppStore.
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