Humans seem fascinated with weather. I am sure there is some reason for this that goes back to our caveman days, but regardless we seem to always want to know what the weather is now and what it will be. To that end, today I’m sharing about 3 different weather apps I have been trying out on my Windows Phone 8.
This Weather app by Microsoft is my favorite for just a quick glance at the current weather. It does not have a ton of extra features and I am okay with that. It also has no advertisements, I’m even more okay with that. You can enter in multiple locations. On the main screen it will show them all, then tap on any for more specific daily forecast and swipe to get the 10-day forecast. You can also pin any of the locations as a live tile to your start screen and it will show the current temperature and sky condition. Again, simple, but very clean and simple.
The WeatherLive app by Hyperise has a lot more to offer if you are looking for more detail. This is the free version that I am showing screenshots of which has ads, but they do have a paid version. Unfortunately, the in-app link to upgrade does not work for me so I cannot upgrade or even see how much the full app costs right now.
This app gives you more details for your locations as you can quickly see. The main screen for a location is first, but then as you swipe you get these other screens including daily trend, history, hourly, trend, radar, webcams, and even astronomy.
Along with all of those views just for locations, the WeatherLive app also gives you plenty of generalized settings. An usual setting is a general theme, not very many Windows Phone apps have that kind of setting that I have seen.
WEATHER (The Weather Channel via Nokia)
Because I have a Nokia phone I believe this version of The Weather Channel app was preloaded, I’m not sure if it is different that than the other Weather app by The Weather Channel shown in the app store, but if it is I would imagine the differences are slight.
I do not believe there is an add free version of this app and the ads are more obtrusive in this app in my opinion. My Windows Phone has a large screen and I dislike that the screens do not fit well even on my large screen. Along with the current weather and 3 day forecast, you can tap below that for more details – it’s a bit hidden I think. The 10-day forecast is also in a long chart for which shows the trend, but it does not fit onto one screen and it will not flip if you turn the phone horizontally either. The Weather Channel app does have a few more social network type aspects in it, but they have not clicked for me to want to use them. It is not a bad app, it just is not the right one for me.
What apps do you use for weather?
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