Review: AccuWeather.com for iPhone
Posted 19 January 2009 - 01:52 PM
I agree with pretty much everything you said. In addition I have three points:
1) The Indicies tab seems to reinforce the controversy surrounding AccuWeather and their fee-based weather business model. It seems that they're trying a little too hard to come up with some pretty graphics that differentiate them from most free weather apps and news outlets. What exactly is an arthritis index and what would I do if it was high? Try not to bend my fingers?
2) The alarms tab is way too zealous at warning you of inpending doom. (Again with the fee-based model.) An inch or two of snow over a 5 day period in the winter is not my idea of an alarm but AW can't wait to vibrate just to let you know how important this information really is.
3) I have been comparing Apple's (Yahoo!) weather app, Weatherbug, and AW, and all seem to have forcasts that vary outside of what I'd consider to be a reasonable variation. I don't know which was most accurate, but I would not go so far as to say that AW was equal in accuracy. I have noticed at times that it will display a current temp outside the low/high for the day. How is that even possible? I know the forecasts are constantly updated so you'd think they'd just automatically change it if the temp went out of bounds.
Posted 19 January 2009 - 02:17 PM
i prefer Weather Underground; its full browser version (wunderground.com) is marvelously detailed and includes a network of local weather stations; the iPhone version, i.wund.com, is very simple and usable
Posted 19 January 2009 - 02:42 PM
Personally, I rely on a combination of the iPhone's built-in weather app (which is an excellent way to keep track of a bunch of locations) and the Wunderground mobile website. The best thing about the built-in weather app is that it can find almost any location, even out-of-the-way places like Todos Santos, Mexico and Tiruvannamalai, India.
Posted 19 January 2009 - 02:48 PM
Posted 19 January 2009 - 06:22 PM
I'll keep watching this app, because I want to like it...maybe version 2.0
Posted 19 January 2009 - 09:44 PM