MoWeather

Sponsored App Review: MoWeather

February 13, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: MoWeather is yet another in the long line of weather apps for Android. However, the creators of MoWeather want to do things a little differently. Combining a quality, good-looking weather app with some social features, MoWeather is more about what the weather means to people, rather than a bunch of figures and statistics. Having said that though, MoWeather features all the info you’d like to hear about, such as a 15-day forecast, wind speeds, sunrise and sunset and the current temperature. You can add a number of cities if you travel a lot and you can cycle through them quickly and easily. As weather apps go, MoWeather has a lot going for it, but does it have what it takes to replace your favorite? Read on to find out.

How it Works: First of all, you’ll need to download the app from the Play Store. After that, you’re introduced to the app and what it can offer you, which is a nice touch.

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There’s also a quick introduction as to how to use the app, too.

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It’ll locate where you are in the world first time you launch the app.

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When swiping up, you can get a more detailed look at the weather near you.

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When swiping to the right, you get a look at things such as wind speed and sunrise and sunset times.

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The Real Feel part of this app is where the social parts come in, it allows you to share a photo of what the weather is like near you and then share it with the world around you to see how things are near you.

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The above photos are from the popular section of people sharing photos and as you can see, a lot of users have been quite creative in the snow. Here though, I could be the first to share a photo of my region. You can adjust a whole bunch of settings in the app as well, tailoring it to how you like it, including plugging in to a number of different social media networks.

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Opinion: As a Brit, I’m used to the weather doing some, shall we say, interesting things. Recently, we’ve had some of the worst storms to hit the country, with whole parts of the country flooded due to rainfall. I’m lucky as here in the Midlands things are fine, but knowing when it’s going to rain and how windy it is is pretty vital stuff. You can do all of that with MoWeather and it’s actually quite good looking. MoWeather feels a lot like Yahoo! Weather, but it can’t match the great-looking feel of that app. Still though, this is a highly polished app and it’s one of the better new weather apps to surface for some time now.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – MoWeather is a quick and smooth Android app without any issues or bugs.
  • Features (4.5/5) – As weather apps go, this has a lot of features and the social integration is a nice touch. With some prettier forecast photos it’d be even better.
  • Theme (4/5) – This is a good-looking app and fits in well with the overall stock Android look and feel and there are no complaints here.
  • Overall (4/5) – If MoWeather had some better-looking forecast images, it’d be an altogether more striking app to look at, but as it stands it’s a good-looking weather app.

Pros

  • Social integration is not forced, but a very nice feature that works well.
  • Wind speed is a nice touch for a lot of the world that gets extreme weather.
  • 15-day forecast allows you to plan ahead quite easily.
  • Overall good-looking app that’s pleasant to use.

Cons

  • More creative forecast images would be nice to see.
  • Local weather isn’t as local as it could be. For instance, “Nottingham” is approximate to me and not that accurate.

Conclusion: There’s a lot to like about MoWeather, and at the end of the day it’s a solid weather app. It’s built using modern design guidelines and it runs great. The social integration is nice, as it gives people a way to connect on a pretty basic level, we all want to know what the weather’s like and a picture of a main road in your town is more helpful than a weather report. Hopefully, more people will start to use the app for this sort of thing. MoWeather is a good app that just needs a little more polish, such as the forecast images, if they were a little more creative and eye-catching, then it could compete with the likes of Yahoo! Weather and company.

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