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Old May 7th, 2010, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanna know which Weather App is the best. What I'm looking for is:

-One that shows me a radar of the area.
-One that has a widget.
-One that has hour to hour weather?
-Doesn't drain TOO much battery.

I've been comparing Weather Channel and Weatherbug, and it seems like both have their pro's and con's. Can anybody give their opinions on which is the best of these two (or possibly another I'm not finding) ?? Thanks in advance!!!

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WB Elite was a mile ahead of the others, IMHO.

works great. gps features can be turned off and polling can be controlled, so you can determine how much juice it requires.

1x1 and 1x4 widgets. Notifications etc.
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Pilot MyCast was just released for Android (for a large fee), so I imagine that it's only a matter of time before good ol' standard MyCast Weather finally shows up.

From every other phone I've used up to owning an Android phone, MyCast was always the best weather app available, period. In my view anyway.
Animated radar, severe weather maps, lightning data, even way the entire graphic scheme of the interface would change in response to holidays or weather alerts

I've tried so many other weather apps for Android so far and all pale in comparison. I end up uninstalling them after just a few days because they just don't stand up to what I'm used to with MyCast.
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My favorite is definitely the Weather Channel app. It has three different widgets, video, radar, hourly, detailed and 10 day forecasts. BTW they just updated the look of their app & widgets about a week ago, it looks much nicer than before.
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WB Elite, easily the best weather app available. It has all the radar features you would want such as lightening strikes, etc. You also get access to hour by hour weather breakdown and the widget looks great. I use the wb elite widget on the top of my home screen with default settings. It does everything you are asking and more. Theres even live video feeds from local cameras. Theres even a pretty nice looking girl who does the daily national forecast. You get severe weather alerts as well as alot of other information you may or may not need. Easily the best weather app available.
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thanks for some suggestions guys. whats the difference/differences between the free weatherbug and the paid weatherbuy elite besides ad support?
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thanks for some suggestions guys. whats the difference/differences between the free weatherbug and the paid weatherbuy elite besides ad support?
Key Features in Elite:
No ads
Additional enhanced contour weather maps: NWS Alerts*, Lightning Strikes*, Humidity, Pressure, Wind Speed, Forecast Hi, Forecast Lo and Satellite
Radar animation*
Additional home screen widget with extended forecast (3 day)
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Detailed alert maps with vector polygons and full NWS alert messages*
Locations summary page allow you to check weather conditions at a glance for all your saved locations
Improved LBS tracking and customization
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I wanna know which Weather App is the best. What I'm looking for is:

-One that shows me a radar of the area.
-One that has a widget.
-One that has hour to hour weather?
-Doesn't drain TOO much battery.

I've been comparing Weather Channel and Weatherbug, and it seems like both have their pro's and con's. Can anybody give their opinions on which is the best of these two (or possibly another I'm not finding) ?? Thanks in advance!!!
snowstorm gives you forecasts for different times of the day, e.g. 0-9, 9-18. etc. It displays this both on the home screen as a widget and as an app. Not hour by hour, though.
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I was using weather channel, I liked it but I found it an annoying app. I can't even remember why. I think it either had notifications that couldn't be stopped or the application kept starting and running in the background. I think weatherbug is less intrusive. Also, I think the weather channel absolutely BLOWS when it comes to providing a forecast. Just check their website and try to tell me what tomorrow's weather will be in your area. All they give is a % chance of rain and hourly temps. I don't think the app was much better. Weatherbug gives much better forecasts. I don't/didn't use either of their widgets.
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Weatherbug elite was often 5 degrees higher than actual temps in my city so not sure where they are getting their data, but it wasn't close for me. Uninstalled it.
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Weatherbug Elite is by far the best in my opinion. Temp. is accurate and the widgets look nice too. It also has a radar widget.
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Im thinking about getting Weatherbug Elite but the price is showing in US Money not UK so how much is it to buy in UK money?
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At the moment I can access only free applications from the Market as I live in Chile.

I tested a few ones and I liked "Weather forecast wigets v2"

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Weatherbug is hit or miss, depending on the reporting station. They often use schools. I know I wouldn't trust the one at my school. It's run by the students and the instruments that measure the conditions are in questionable locations (against the building, by windows, and often in the shade). Also, no one is there all summer to keep it working properly.
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Pilot MyCast was just released for Android (for a large fee), so I imagine that it's only a matter of time before good ol' standard MyCast Weather finally shows up.

I've tried so many other weather apps for Android so far and all pale in comparison. I end up uninstalling them after just a few days because they just don't stand up to what I'm used to with MyCast.
I totally agree. Trying My-Cast Lite now for free and it's not bad, but not My-Cast Quality radar.
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Another My Cast user.
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Another My Cast user.
However, to update, I've tried a bunch of improved weather apps and think, even after paying, I'll delete My-Cast. It's just not what it was on my regular phone with the monthly fee "Classic" I guess. I don't like the radar. Weather Bug seems better and I don't want both starting up when I turn on my phone which I can't seem to stop. Still looking for the perfect weather app.
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Dont Listen to them lol, i'll tell you the best weather app out for android.

Palmary weather pro

you gotta pay for it. 2.99 but trust me you'll thank me later that you did. It has everything your looking for. It has about 12 different widget layout option. It's the best looking one also
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Rainy Days is my fav. No detailed forecast but a fast and accurate animated radar map that let's you determine your own forecast.
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I've only tried Weather Channel app, and I hate it. It takes up space in the notification bar with no option to remove it. And you can't even kill it, even with the task managers.

The Weather Channel app provided no extra functionality better than their website (which is pretty good). So I ended up uninstalling it.

Also, they called their app "The Weather Channel", which made it sort under "T", another small annoyance.
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IMOP...where the information (reporting station) is coming from and how close you are to that reporting station is what will give you the most accurate information for where you are at.

For me, WeatherBug Elite is the absolute most accurate report that I can get, and the app works great with my Samsung Galaxy S Mesmerize phone. I live in a small rural town and the next closest reporting station with any of the other weather apps is 20 miles away. Our local WB station is right in town (1/2 mile away from my house.) There has never been an issue with the quality or timeliness of the reports.

WB Elite can give you reports as often as every 15 minutes for temps, conditions, etc. and offers instant severe weather alerts. Another nice feature is "My Location." If you have this feature enabled it will pick up WB stations as you travel locally or throughout the country. (WB stations include airports, schools and backyard weather stations.)

No weather app is perfect, and actual temperatures can very from as little as 2-3 blocks away, let alone, 2-3 miles away or more. I'll take the reporting station that is 1/2 mile away. For me, WB Elite hands-down!
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Weatherbug is hit or miss, depending on the reporting station. ...
Agreed, but I do like the fact that WB lets you choose a different reporting station. If one seems inaccurate, you can usually find another one nearby and some are official NWS stations such as airports and observatories.
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Ditto...the option to choose from many reporting stations, (whether the station is a school, an airport NWS, or a backyard station) especially in metropolitan areas, is wonderful. WeatherBug is pretty tough to beat!
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However, to update, I've tried a bunch of improved weather apps and think, even after paying, I'll delete My-Cast. It's just not what it was on my regular phone with the monthly fee "Classic" I guess. I don't like the radar. Weather Bug seems better and I don't want both starting up when I turn on my phone which I can't seem to stop. Still looking for the perfect weather app.
They have too many versions.
Some people swear by classic, the others by another version.

I do not like that they are slow to provide updates when bugs are outed.
The last update broke the app and it took weeks before a real fix emerged.

What I find interesting is the emails I sent were answered by people with @garmin in their address.
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WeatherBug Elite is pretty great.
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I am using AccuWeather.
I like the 'my location' auto locator
Hour by hour forcast
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I like WeatherEye: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pelmorex.WeatherEyeAndroid&feature= search_result

It has a widget, hourly forecasts, radar maps and extreme weather alerts.
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How to find where the weather stations are close to me, and what apps use them? (Outside US)
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How to find where the weather stations are close to me, and what apps use them? (Outside US)
If you watch the local news, the weather forecast should show which weather stations are close to you. Then you will just have to try various weather apps to see if that weather station is available.

I use WeatherEye as it seems to be affiliated with The Weather Network in Canada. If you tell us your country, perhaps some member can give you a good recommendation on an app for your country.
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I like Weather Bug Elite the best. I find it smooth, accurate, and the radar works very well. It never gets choppy or laggy. Also the widgets are rather stylish.
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My-Cast Weather, they have a lite version! I just bought the paid version since its on sale for this weekend for 0.99
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I am a pilot and have tried a bunch of weather apps and found weather bug elite works the best.
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Honestly, to me its between Beautiful Widget Pro and Weather Bug Elite.
I like BWP because its the most customizable AND cleanest looking weather or widget app you could ever have on your phone. I love WBE though because it has ALL the information, its pretty customizable too, and its an actual application and a widget rather than just a widget.
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Palmary weather pro

you gotta pay for it. 2.99 but trust me you'll thank me later that you did. It has everything your looking for. It has about 12 different widget layout option. It's the best looking one also
Palmary beats the tar out of every other app except for the maps. For maps I have rainy days linked to beautiful widgets for quick access.
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Palmary Weather has a great layout and hi-res graphics. However a weather app is only as good as the source of it's data. If you have a reporting station close to you then it's a good app. However in the San Jose,CA area it only uses airports for reporting stations and therefore i have the same weather reporting for 4 of the cities i want to track and they are all about 10-20 miles apart.

I had to revert back to Weatherbug Elite due to this, otherwise i would definitely be using Palmary.

I wish someone developed a weather app that would use Wunderground as the data source.
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I'd like to find an app that basically does something similar to the stock HTC weather app that came with my Desire, ie a 4x3 widget where I can add several cities of my choice including My Location and which updates automatically at intervals of my choice - and which doesn't freeze all the time like the stock one does.

I've tried out the Beautiful Weather Widgets, but the largest one I could find was 4x1 and it hasn't updated the weather info in the past 24 hours (not even when I select refresh). Perhaps the paid one is better?

The Weatherbug widgets doesn't seem to go up to 4x3 and I don't seem to be able to have several cities in the actual widget.
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I used elecont weather on windows mobile (HTC diamond) and now I found it in android market with new name: "weather alerts quake barometer"It does not have radar, but has about 20-th diffrent widgets(1x1, 2x2, 4x1, 1x4, 2x4, 4x4,3x3 etc) and excelent hourly forecast.I like EW because it has METAR !!!
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I have WB elite - It's mostly OK except for Radar. I wind up using Accuweather for radar.
Any good standalone Radar apps? That look like NOAA or TV weather? I'd like to can Accuweather.
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I have WB Elite free from Amazon, but uninstalled and now use Weather Buddy and Instant Radar. Together they save me at least 2mb of app storage, and pretty much do the same thing as the "big boy" apps. I just want plain and simple.... like what's the temp today here or in Houston or in Tampa...
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I use Weather forecast widget - Android app on AppBrain (paid).
I have it pulling my calendar (CalenGoo) so get upcoming events plus the forecast (from Weatherunderground) on my home screen. It does just show the basics though, current temp and condition, hi/lo temps and future/forecasted conditions (sunny/cloudy etc.). For radar I just have a shortcut to the Weatherunderground mobile site, it's quicker than tapping the widget and waiting for it to load the non-mobile site.
It's nice for the basic forecast and there are a lot of widget/skin options. Basic, clean and simple...plus my calendar. Love it.
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My preferences, not in any particular order, are
Palmary weather- Only setback being that they only seem to source their data from Airports mainly so if no airport is near you then the data given is mainly inaccurate.
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I got Palmary Weather and don't get be wrong, the app is amazing, plus the widgets are the best. There are about 10 different sized widgets with beautiful graphics. But I love detailed maps and Palmary's maps are horrible. I mean bad. No zoom, no pan and don't even take up the whole screen.

Because of this, I grabbed Rainy Days just for radar. It too is a great app, but the radar graphics are quite blocky and low res. The developer says that is how the weather service provides the data.

Then how does Weather Bug have such a nice looking Radar? I am going to try out WB Elite soon I think.
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I'm trying Instant Radar. Seems pretty good so far. The AccuWeather apps' radar tab now takes you to the AccuWeather mobile site. Now the radar actually animates. This must be a recent change.

I still say that which app works the best depends on where you live. Some small towns, like mine, do not have any local weather reporting stations. Therefore, you have to settle for weather reports from nearby towns. WB Elite has been the best for me because of the weather station at our local school.
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I just found this new awesome radar app guys. Its called Raindar:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ghvandoorn.Raindar&feature=search_r esult

Uses google maps, shows storm tracking, has a compass on it, allows you to change the reflective angle setting on the different radar images to eliminate "noise"....this app is awesome! Rainy Days who??? (plus rainy days just went add supported )
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Most weather apps I have tried all assume you are in the US.

But I have just seen this

UK Weather

https://market.android.com/details?id=cat.joanpujol.eltemps.android.uk&featur e=search_result

But I would like to find one like the standard widget.
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I decided a nice "weather app" is no app at all. I looked up the time/temp phone numbers in 3 or 4 cities I might want to check weather, made contacts out of them (labeling them with "Time-Temp and city name"). Made desktop shortcut with weather icon on screen. I use GrooveIP so calls are free. So I just click the icon and hit speakerphone, and the weather is read to me. I also use m.wund.com if I want a more detailed forecast and radar, using browser link.
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I liked WB a lot, but it would somehow lose it's location and then display "error loading location data" or something like that. It would try to sync endlessly. I ended up deinstalling it because it was so irritating.
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I liked WB a lot, but it would somehow lose it's location and then display "error loading location data" or something like that. It would try to sync endlessly. I ended up deinstalling it because it was so irritating.
I've run into this problem from time to time. I think it might be due to a bad signal. Most times just opening the widget and doing a refresh fixes the problem. Other thimes I've had to trash the widget and recreate it.
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i'll tell you I love Weather Bug. Not many people will agree with me. But I love it. I love being able to read in detail storm severity and stuff like that. The widget isnt the best looking but it does the job. The information is what I am after not a cool looking widget. If your like me get weather bug. I tried the weather channel app, I really didnt care for it.


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I wanna know which Weather App is the best. What I'm looking for is:

-One that shows me a radar of the area.
-One that has a widget.
-One that has hour to hour weather?
-Doesn't drain TOO much battery.

I've been comparing Weather Channel and Weatherbug, and it seems like both have their pro's and con's. Can anybody give their opinions on which is the best of these two (or possibly another I'm not finding) ?? Thanks in advance!!!
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I've been using WB Elite, and it's pretty good.

BerryWeather (for BlackBerry) is the best mobile weather app I've used, and they've just opened up a public beta for an Android version. Haven't tried it yet, so I don't know how it compares the the BlackBerry version.

http://www.bellshare.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=102&t=2889&start=0
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