1. cjvitek's Avatar
    No sooner do I go review one of the free weather apps (Weather Channel) but then AccuWeather.com comes out with another one. So I decided to review that as well. Both apps are free, so it really comes down to the features that they both have. In this review, I will be referencing The Weather Channel review and feature set as well.

    AccuWeather.com is another full featured weather application, similar to The Weather Channel. In fact, their layout is very similar, and their feature sets are almost identical. As such, I won't be going into a lot of detail about the feature sets that are the same - rather, I will be pointing out the features that AccuWeather has which The Weather Channel doesn't have.

    But first, the similarities. AccuWeather.com is laid out with a tabbed design, with 6 different tabs at the bottom. The Tabs are weather, radar, video, risk, alarms, and alert (The Weather Channel has weather, explore map, video, severe, and "more"). Many of the tabs are the same - the weather tab brings you to a screen where you can look at "right now", hourly, 5-day forecast, or the various indices (The Weather Channel is missing the indices, but it has a 1.5 day and a 10 day forecast). The AccuWeather program makes good use of images, showing you a picture of the current weather (cloudy, sunny, rainy, etc), and gives you the pressure, humidity, temperature, winds, and "feels like" temperature. The Weather Channel app includes a little more data like the UV index and the visibility.

    One feature the AccuWeather hourly and 5-day forecast includes is the ability to tap on a specific interval (either a specific hour, or a specific day/night within the 5 day forecast) to get a few more details about the weather then. The indices tab includes 4 indices of current conditions - UV, air quality, arthritis, and flu index. As an allergy sufferer, I wish they included pollen index.

    The radar feature is supposed to be an animated radar of the area. However, when I tried it, the animation was very choppy, and in one case the animation consisted of clouds just appearing or disappearing. This may be due to the connection, and it could be the quality of video depends on if you are connected via wifi or 3G. When I tried via wifi, the video was much smoother. However, unlike the Weather Channel program, you can't choose other overlays to look at on the map - you can only see the radar loop - no clouds, temperature, rainfall, etc.

    The video tab includes a local report, breaking weather news, regional report, and a national overview. This is particularly nice if you are travelling, you aren't limited to a report in your area. You can also specify if you want a low res or high res video. The Weather Channel app only includes the local (or regional) report.

    The risk tab include the risk of various types of severe weather over the next 8 hours - thunderstorms, rain, ice, fog, etc. The risk is indicated as a sliding bar - blue means no/little risk, red means high risk. This can be useful for planning a day's event, and it isn't just limited to the probability of rainfall. The Weather Channel app doesn't include anything like that.

    The alarms tab includes various potential weather alarms over the next 5 days - things like winds gusts, rainfall amount, ice, etc. I am not sure the utility of this type of information - I suppose it presents a "quick view" summary of the more important weather events over the next few days.

    Then, just like the Weather Channel app, it includes an "alert" feature for severe weather alerts (the Weather Channel app has "severe weather").

    Both of these apps offer similar information, and both have a few features the other is missing. Notably, the Weather Channel app includes different map overlays, and wider range of forecasts. The AccuWeather app includes animated radar, and more indices and risk type information (either short term or long term). They are both free, so my best advice is to look at them both.

    However, looking at the AccuWeather app alone (and technically this is a review of the AccuWeather app) it provides a nice cross section of information, however, some of the information includes seems of questionable benefit (it seems like they included it just to include more data). I can't say it is of no benefit, since someone might find it useful, but I am not sure how much use I will get from knowing how much ice I can expect over the next three days, instead of just knowing that there will be ice storms.

    The animated radar is nice, but it seems like it works best if you are on a wifi connection. I like the range of videos that are offered, but I wish it included phase of the moon and sunrise/sunset information.

    Pros: Nice interface, plenty of data at your fingertips

    Cons: Some data may not be essential, radar loop only seems to work well on wifi, limited to 5 day forecast

    All in all, this app provides a lot of information that can be useful, and is easy to use. Plus it's free, so try it. In fact, download them both, and see which you like. I am going to keep them both for a while, and I am curious as to which one people seem to prefer. Five out of five stars.

    Rating scale:

    * = No redeeming qualities or features, probably not worth it even if it is free
    ** = Few redeeming qualities, or is simply isn't worth the price
    *** = Some good features but also some clear flaws.
    **** = A solid app, worth the money if interested, a few flaws or problems or slightly overpriced
    ***** = Top of the line app, no problems or drawbacks.

    Price is factored into the ratings. Ratings are lowered if I feel the price of the app outweighs the benefits/enjoyment/features it provides. Likewise, an app that is a good value for the money will have a higher rating.
    Pearlish likes this.
    12-22-2008 01:01 PM
  2. msbaylor's Avatar
    I am in the process of reviewing some of the othe paid weather apps and I think this app works just as well as the others.
    12-22-2008 10:16 PM
  3. jamesus's Avatar
    Of all of the ones I have tried, I like this one the best. I do like the changing images on the first page. Makes me think of some of the skins I had with WeatherPanel and then SBSH PocketWeather...
    12-25-2008 01:54 PM
  4. sirlojack's Avatar
    the radar images needs to be more like the webapp from accuweather. zooms in and can see the counties
    01-06-2009 02:33 PM
  5. msbaylor's Avatar
    the radar images needs to be more like the webapp from accuweather. zooms in and can see the counties
    MyWeather Mobile does it & quite well.
    01-06-2009 04:47 PM
  6. hotrod#AC's Avatar
    I have all 3 and MyWeather Mobile has THE BEST Radar hands down....but accuweather and even TWC have 'prettier' forecast and current condition layouts.
    01-07-2009 07:42 AM
  7. Suzie Wong's Avatar
    It' quite okay, but not really my cup of tea
    02-09-2010 08:25 AM
  8. GTBlogger's Avatar
    Not that it is that important...
    All the weather apps suffer from the same problem: the forecast is wrong a good deal of the time!
    02-10-2010 05:45 PM
  9. inthepit's Avatar
    Not that it is that important...
    All the weather apps suffer from the same problem: the forecast is wrong a good deal of the time!
    yeah, but is the weather guy on tv right "a good deal" of the time... dont know about where you live, but with winter weather they are almost always wrong...
    02-13-2010 11:43 AM
  10. leharris22's Avatar
    TWC and AccuWeather are both similar in features. I didn't find TWC visibly pleasing. AccuWeather has a larger file size if you are trying to cut down on the inprint of your apps.
    10-31-2011 03:11 PM
  11. siikunulm's Avatar
    AccWeather is most good weather app.
    11-06-2011 11:57 PM
  12. Somber's Avatar
    Finally! I hate the default weather app that comes native with the iPhone. Thanks for posting!
    11-30-2011 08:16 PM
  13. urika's Avatar
    Accuweather just nicer to look at
    12-01-2011 02:30 PM
  14. Toni1's Avatar
    Pretty cool, the hourly wheel is nicely done.
    12-03-2011 03:24 AM
  15. Bill Amstutz's Avatar
    AccuWeather is not very accurate. Right now it says it is 38 degrees, it is really 45.
    Last edited by Bill Amstutz; 03-16-2015 at 01:57 PM.
    03-09-2015 02:24 PM
  16. Bill Amstutz's Avatar
    It should be called "inaccuweather", that would be the most accurate thing they can do. Right now it is 50 degrees out,they say 54.
    Last edited by Bill Amstutz; 03-16-2015 at 01:57 PM.
    03-14-2015 07:36 PM
  17. kch50428's Avatar
    Two things... 1)...until your posts Bill, the last time this thread saw action was 2011... And 2)...there can be a whole host of reasons for differences between what you're observing and what accuweather reports.
    03-14-2015 07:45 PM
  18. Bill Amstutz's Avatar
    Dell has accuweather on screen, I go to Wane.com for the temp as accuweather is always different, somedays higher, somedays lower. The radar map is inaccurate too. Same thing there, somedays shows Fort Wayne is not in rain cloud while it is raining, or snow, somedays viceversa. The clock on accuweather is accurate.
    Last edited by Bill Amstutz; 03-16-2015 at 01:20 PM.
    03-16-2015 11:02 AM
  19. Bill Amstutz's Avatar
    Right now it is 59 degrees outside. Inaccuweather says 64. There is no place in this county that is 5 degrees off of 59 degrees. Just plain inaccuracy. I wish I could get another weather station on my pc screen.
    03-16-2015 10:40 PM
  20. Bill Amstutz's Avatar
    Inaccuweather is way off today, it says 28 degrees, the real temp is 41 degrees. I still wish I can change the weather provider on this pc so when I turn it on I can see an accurate temp without going to the local news site.
    03-18-2015 12:35 PM
  21. kch50428's Avatar
    Find a way to disable it on your computer if it bugs you so... or find a way to replace it with something else... continuing to voice displeasure here is rather futile...
    03-18-2015 12:46 PM
  22. Bill Amstutz's Avatar
    Once again inaccuweather is way off. It says 38 degrees, it is really 58 degrees outside.
    04-01-2015 12:56 PM
  23. Bill Amstutz's Avatar
    I wish I could replace it with one that is accurate. I have been looking for about 3 weeks now.
    04-01-2015 12:58 PM
  24. kch50428's Avatar
    Continued complaining here is futile.
    Ryan Colburn likes this.
    04-01-2015 01:04 PM
  25. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Right now it is 59 degrees outside. Inaccuweather says 64. There is no place in this county that is 5 degrees off of 59 degrees. Just plain inaccuracy. I wish I could get another weather station on my pc screen.
    How far are you from the nearest airport?

    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5. ☮
    04-01-2015 01:14 PM
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