Weather Universal Forecast iOS App Review
Weather apps are a dime a dozen. Because of that it becomes difficult to find one that works just right for you. My requirements for whether or not a weather app has a permanent place on my phone are — the developer must be creating updates, it has to be well designed, and because I’m a fan of all my devices using the same apps, it has to be made to work on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. A Mac app version would be a bonus, but it’s not a deal breaker. Weather Universal Forecast by Moveo is a really nice weather app that works across all iOS devices. Some of its features include:
- City-wise weather updates.
- Add/delete as many cities as you want.
- Colors and graphics change according to weather conditions.
- Toggle between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
- Get all details — Humidity, Wind, and Pressure.
- Choose Hourly or Daily weather updates.
- Share weather updates (screenshots) socially with friends using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp etc.
- Easy-to-Use UI.
- Extremely lightweight app, doesn’t consume a lot of memory.
I would first like to say that it’s a beautifully designed app. Moveo created a wonderful forecast app with a really easy to use interface. The design is pleasantly simple to use. It’s visually stunning and it’s easy to use. You swipe left to right and tap on the screen for your navigation. There are not complicated moves you have to make and aside from there being no included radar, this app really provides you with all the necessary weather information that the native Apple App does.
Below is a visual representation of the main weather page for your location from Weather Universal Forecast. As you can see, by the red circle illustration, it’s an area you can swipe to the left for more information you might like to have. Everything from the ‘Feels Like’ forecast to the Sunrise/Sunset schedule is included in this feature.
To start, you open the app and pick Celsius or Fahrenheit and that’s it. The app will ask for your permission to access your location when you first open it. That’s because it’s giving you localized weather updates day-by-day, hour-by-hour based on where you are currently located. You can add two locations to the app for free, but if you want more than two, you will need to purchase the upgrade.
Even with the app’s swipe-friendly features iPad and Apple Watch app I was a bit disappointed with how it read the temperature in my location. As you can see in the photo above, the app told me it was 93 degrees but when checking four other trusted weather apps, I was told 82 degrees. Every time I checked the temperature while I was testing the app it was 10º or more above what the actual temperature was.
The Today view widget is very nice. It looks like a mini version of the app that gives you the most important information by just swiping downwards.
Even the Apple Watch app is very clean. It gives you the same information as the Today widget and is easy to view on the watch. Something I did notice though is that the developer programmed a Force Touch function into the watch app, but there is no action. When you Force Touch on the watch, yousee three dots on the screen and when you tap them, it just takes you back to the main weather report screen. This is something I’m sure will be added onto in future updates.
I truly love the design of this weather app, but I absolutely hate the intrusive ads. I understand that you can pay to remove the ads, but some people are willing to accept the advertisements that come with a free app, but are expecting a banner ad, not a full page one that causes the app to be unusable. Unfortunately, Weather Universal Forecast has pop-up ads that sometimes play five second long videos making the use of the app not possible until the ad goes away. That will definitely put some people off. Between the ads and the pop-ups prompting me to remove the ads, I got aggravated with using this app.My suggestion to the developer would be to replace the full page pop-up ad with banner ads.
The issues I had are very small things that I believe will be fixed over time through updates. It’s still a young app and may just need some tweaks to create a better user experience. For $0.99, you can remove the ads and receive space for additional cities on your home screen.
Originally published at www.macsources.com on June 29, 2015.