WeatherBug for Honeycomb [REVIEW]

March 10, 2011
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Have a look with us at the most dominant weather app in the Android world, this one optimized not only for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but specifically for the giant screens that Honeycomb is meant for. This is WeatherBug, an app made by WeatherBug Mobile, and we've got it working on the Motorola XOOM. This app is not only free, it's utterly professional, and the ads that make it free are basically completely hidden (or built in so well you don't even notice them as out of place.

First Impressions

When you first open the app, you notice one thing - your location shows up. Of course, there's several other locations that show up as well, but you'd like to see the temperature in New York, right? I would. Every other little bit of weather you could ever want to see, the same stuff you'd see on the screen whilst watching the daily news and weather on television. And more. Each city has a tiny arrow in the corner showing that you could click it, or click it twice quickly rather, and there's even MORE information, like what time of the day the sun is going to rise and set - a feature we'd like all by itself, and here it is in a bigger more awesome app.

And all of this is on the first screen. It's difficult to say anything negative about this app, and not at all because it's totally free. The first page has weather information and forecast, the second page has a map that'll show you a Weather Layer on top of Satellite and Traffic layers fed by Google, those layers adjustable by opacity and animation frames delivered as clouds pass by.

There's More?

Yes there's basically a bonus feature that consists of real-world photographs from participating locations in your city. How often are these photos updated? It's unclear, but that's alright. Clearly these photos are inside the… hour? We can see that it's night, and that there's snow on the ground. That seems pretty accurate for us. If these photos are updated inside the hour, all the better.

The final two features aren't features really, they're settings including Units, My Location, and Background Weather Updating, and a screen that'll allow you to add cities to your list of watched locations. This feature is dense too in that you're allowed to get quite specific on where you are as well as which weather station you'd like to follow. Well played!

Wrap-Up

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  • carman13

    Im really liking the WeatherBug app too. Though you forgot to mention that it is the first app to use the Xoom’s barometer. It shows the atmospheric pressure in the upper left of the screen.

  • http://twitter.com/doschott DOSHost.net

    Great review, and nice catch carman13 with the barometer feature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Chan/100001531976325 Nathan Chan

    actually i concern about the battery life much more~ for any questions you can visit http://www.toptabletreview.com