AccuWeather Is The Perfect Weather App You Were Always Looking For [iOS & Android]

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acuuweather 300   AccuWeather Is The Perfect Weather App You Were Always Looking For [iOS & Android]Weather apps for iOS are seriously a dime a dozen. Less than a year ago, I went through every app I could find, and picked the 4 best ones of the lot. But there’s one app that wasn’t around back then, and this one could easily take the crown for best weather app for iOS, or at least for the iPad.

I’m talking about AccuWeather, an extensive free weather app available for iPad, iPhone, and even Android. While the app itself is multi-platform, I tested it only on the iPad, and was thoroughly impressed.

AccuWeather is a beautifully designed one stop shop for short-term and long-term local forecasts, weather updates from anywhere in the world, synoptic maps, weather-related news and much more. With its free price tag, it’s probably the last weather app you’re ever going to need.

Hourly Weather At Your Fingertips

The first time you run AccuWeather, it will ask to use your current location. Once you grant that request, AccuWeather will immediately load it’s beautiful main page, all set up for where you are right now. In the app’s menu, it’s referred to as the “Currently” tab, and this is what it looks like:

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As you can see, the main page give you the weather for right now, as well as an overlook for the next few hours. At a glance, you can see everything from temperature and rain conditions, to wind speed, humidity and cloud cover. Tap on any of the tabs above the hourly temperature squares to find out how the current weather fits different sports and outdoor activities, and what health risks it could present.

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Want to take a peek at the weather tonight? No problem. Simply slide the hourly tab towards the right side of the screen to browse through the day’s hours. The app’s graphics also change accordingly, which is a nice touch.

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By tapping the menu icon on the bottom right corner, you can navigate between AccuWeather’s different tabs. Tap on “Forecast” to find a detailed 15-day forecast, which you can also browse back and forth by sliding the sun and moon icons at the top.

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Adding Locations

While it is ad-supported, the free version doesn’t limit the amount of locations you can add. Tap the small arrow next your location’s name to add more locations to your list. The interface is very intuitive, and by using a name or a zip code, you can add any city or town on earth.

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Once you have your list, you can check out the weather anywhere you wish with just two taps.

Maps And News

If you’re serious about the weather, and want to see more than just forecasts, check out the “Maps”, “News”, “Video” and “Hurricane” tabs. In the maps tab you’ll find a world map, complete with an animated and colorful cloud cover layer. You can zoom in and out, switch between different radars, and even add your device’s contacts to the map.

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Browse the news and video tabs for the latest local weather updates from the location you’re currently looking at. Sometimes, such as when a hurricane is imminent, you might find important news updates that are not specifically related to your location.

Speaking of hurricanes, check out the hurricane tab to find any currently active storms marked on a world map. For example, while writing this post, tropical storm Isaac was picking up speed in the Gulf of Mexico. Through AccuWeather, I could see its current location, along with wind speeds and other relevant information.

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Customizable to the End

The fun thing about AccuWeather is that not only is it very detailed and very well designed, it’s also pretty customizable. Access the Settings tab and decide how you’d like to see your weather. You can change the app’s appearance, control every unit used in the forecast, and even connect the app with your calendar, to get up-to-date notifications about the weather and your upcoming events.

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Want to share the forecast with someone? That’s also easy. Through the share button at the button, you can send a screenshot of what you’re seeing right now through email, Facebook or Twitter.

Bottom Line

Weather apps are especially hard to make. Different people want different amounts of data, and many apps fail by being either too simple or too complex. AccuWeather manages to present both an easy-to-use and beautiful interface, and the ability to choose how many details you want to get. Want to see only temperatures and rain? The rest is very easy to ignore. Want to see more? It’s right there, waiting to be explored. In my book, this is a true win for a weather app.

Tell us in the comments about your favorite weather apps, and what makes them the best of the lot!

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19 Comments -

susendeep dutta

My friend’s tablet has Accuweather widget preinstalled and it autoupdates automatically.It’s very good app but weather forecasts need some accuracy and workaround.It’s the best weather app as it doesn’t consumes a lot of resources and data.

Rk

Thanks
AccuWeather

Bob Henson

In the UK it’s far from the best app. The Accuweather forecasts are wrong frequently – certainly for this area of the UK (West Country). The UK Meteorological Office widget gives forecasts that are as accurate as possible, and it is at least as attractive, in fact I much prefer its appearance too.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks Bob! That’s good to know. It was accurate for my location in Canada when I tested it, but the UK is notoriously hard to forecast, isn’t it? :)

Ahmed Khalil

it provide a details not usually avaliable in the comatitave software

Muhammad Ahmad

I always check my city’s weather with accuweather. It’s really nice website/

Rk

Thanks !

KC

Why doesn’t my Accuweather (for android) look like this? I just downloaded from GooglePlay to my Nexus7.

Yaara Lancet

Sometimes apps have different interfaces for different OSes. I tested the app on my iPad, but it might look different on Android.

KC

@Yaara. You’re right. The Android app is still the older interface. The iPad gets the much nicer looking interface (iPhone doesn’t even get it).

Rk

:) We are working on a newer interface for Android. Just hold your breath, it will blow you away !

Rk

Hi KC,
We have the looks different on other platforms.
Thanks.
AccuWeather Product Manager

Graham Richardson

Have to agree that I have not found accuweather that reliable here in the UK although I do agree it looks good. iPhone does seem to get the better looking weather apps which as an Android user is a shame!

Yaara Lancet

I also own an Android device, but I actually don’t have a weather app installed. I’m sure there must be good ones, though! Perhaps we should have a post about that too.

Rk

Takes some time, but we will make you happy. Our next app will confirm to Android design guidelines and looks gorgeous !

Rk

Yaara:
Thanks for the review ! You have covered good points and with nice screenshots.

I however have to point out that our app is not ‘multi-platform’ as such – but we do have presence on almost all platforms. Due to difference in the platforms, and different development cycles, our apps differ from platform to platform.

Let me know if you would like to review our current Android app. Also, we would like to give a sneak preview of our upcoming app closer to the release. Let me know if you are interested to cover that.

Thanks,
AccuWeather Product Manager.

Yaara Lancet

Yes, I am aware that the app is not identical on all platforms. Some readers pointed out that it’s different on Android too.

You can contact me on yaara at makuseof dot com and I can look into your new release.

Dave Hill

I have this app on my galaxy s2 , seems a bit slow to update sometimes – whereas the living wallpaper version i have is almost always right !