1Weather is a gorgeous weather app created by OneLouder, the minds behind apps like BaconReader and Tweetcaster. Like the other apps in the OneLouder catalog, 1Weather is full of useful features, all presented in a pretty package that adds a bit of class to any Android home screen. Not only does 1Weather show you the weather, it also provides real-time updates and social integration that helps you stay on top of the ever-changing atmosphere.
There are plenty of weather apps on the market, so what makes 1Weather any different? According to the folks at OneLouder, their weather app brings a “unique animation and graphics to create a more stylish experience.” The app is not just pretty (did I say that already?), it’s also packed with useful features and a gaggle of informative content, topped off with an intuitive user interface that just about anyone can manage. As a matter of fact, 1Weather is only available for higher-end devices due to resolution, resource, and animation requirements.
Enough talking about how nice 1Weather looks – let’s take a look at some screenshots.
When you first run 1Weather, you have the option to either choose a location manually or use your current location. The 1Weather Today page displays an overview of what’s happening right now with the weather in your selected area. This screen is dominated by an animation of the current weather conditions: the sun seems to twinkle and rotate, clouds glide in from the left, rain falls, and so on. You can add multiple locations to 1Weather and switch between them by tapping the current location in the top left.
Tapping on the main area of the first screen where the current weather animation displays gives you a 48-hour weather forecast. This includes a breakdown for each period of the day: Morning, Afternoon, Evening, and Night. It includes the projected temperature, precipitation, and wind speed alongside an icon describing the weather conditions.
Tap on Today to toggle between a 24-Hour Forecast and the standard display. The 24-Hour forecast gives a combined graph of the projected temperature and precipitation for the next 24 hours. It’s somewhat confusing when you first look at it, but makes sense with a bit of explanation. The x-axis is broken up into seven slots representing 3-hour time intervals over the next 24 hours. A bar graph displays the precipitation for each period and is overlayed by a line graph showing the temperature.
There are seven other primary screens that you can access within the app. Switching between them is as simple as a swipe or flick of a finger either in the main content area or using the menu at the bottom.
- 7-day Forecast: this is much the same as the 48-hour forecast, but is broken up into the next seven days. The general layout of the display is the same. Again, tapping the title here switches to a combined graph displaying the projected temperature and precipitation over the next week.
- Severe Weather: 1Weather keeps track of major severe weather alerts and will notify you of them in your status bar. The severe weather screen provides the details of any existing alerts. If nothing exciting is happening, 1Weather reminds you that this is a good thing (unless you’re a crazy storm chaser).
- Precipitation: this screen gives you information about precipitation for the next 7 days. Each day is represented by a bucket, which fills up according to how likely it is to rain. If you watch this screen for a bit, it will switch to what appears to be how many inches of precipitation to expect.
- Sun & Moon: if you’re looking to find out the sunset, sunrise, moon set, moonrise, or what phase the moon is in, this is where you’ll find it. An animation on this screen provides a slick visual representation of the status of the sun and moon.
- Tweets: this is the social component of 1Weather. It displays tweets related to the weather in your area from anyone across the twittersphere. It’s not a perfect feature, but still turns up useful information from your location. (On the other hand, you will often see some pretty random tweets.) While you can click any links included in these tweets, this interface is otherwise not as interactive as it could be, but that may be for the better.
- Top Weather Pics: this is another interesting screen which also has a somewhat social aspect. It’s a grid of photos related to the weather in your location. Tapping any one photo opens up the full size and lets you swipe through the entire gallery. Again, this is not an exact science so you may see some pics that don’t fit, but it’s still a very interesting and useful feature.
- Radar: the radar feature of 1Weather is definitely one of the coolest parts of the app. It allows you to see your standard weather radar map, which updates in real time. You can also switch between the Air Quality Index and UV Index. Each radar map can go full screen with full pinch and zoom functionality so that you can see exactly what’s going on in your immediate vicinity.
Last, but certainly not least, 1Weather has one of the sexiest home screen widgets around. It packs about as much weather information as you could possibly think of into a clean and elegant 2×2 widget. It shows you the current high and low temperatures, precipitation information, date and time, location, and two quick indicators showing what type of day it is and whether the weather requires and umbrella. All this in a widget that is circular in shape as opposed to the standard boxy widgets you may be used to. While the 1Weather app as a whole is awesome, I’m all in it for the widget.
I grudgingly score 1Weather a 9 out of 10. I would love to give this app a 10, but there are two issues that seem to plague me. They could be related to my aging Evo, but I have not seen similar behavior in other apps. The first problem is that the Radar screen will sometimes be blank for no apparent reason. The second issue is that the widget will go blank, saying that the location was removed. Tapping the widget still loads the 1Weather app and allows you to set your location again, but the widget remains dark and has to be re-added.
These are pretty minor annoyances and I’m sure they can be easily addressed. The bottom line is that 1Weather has no equal in the Play Store as far as features and implementation go. In addition to the fact that the app is useful and beautiful, it’s also free. There’s no reason not to install this one immediately.